Egypt scrape past Liberia

Egypt needed a late strike to see off a ten-man Liberia 1-0 in an International Friendly at the Borg El Arab Stadium on Thursday.

Played a week before the International break, Egypt’s locally based lined-up included the likes of Tarek Hamed and Ahmed Gomaa.

Zizo failed to punish the Liberians for poor defending straight from kick-off as the attacker flashed wide from an inviting goal.

The Pharaohs bossed the opening proceedings, as Gomaa blazed over the top from six yards in the area following good work from the middle.

Peter Butler’s side struggled to get a look in from any angle, as the North Africans controlled the build-up and final entry mechanism ten minutes to halftime.

The 2019 Total Africa Cup of Nations host introduced the first change four minutes to halftime, as Karim Tarek replaced Hussein El Shahat who was removed due to injury.

Marwan Hamdy entered as the home side’s second change following the start of the second half in place of Gomaa. At the same time, Liberia introduced Marvin Blapoh in the middle of the park for Varney Sando in a like for like alteration.

Egypt struggled to get back into gear shortly after the restart, with the Liberians reducing the former to a lot of shots from afar than clear-cut openings.

The game opened up in the final 12 minutes, as Tarek powered in a close range header which Ashley Williams parried whilst Jackson dragged a clear opening wide.

The Pharaohs eventually broke the deadlock in the 84th minute through Hamdi Fathi who rifled home Mohamed Hany’s articulated delivery.

With four minutes left in clash, Liberia were reduced to 10 men when Christopher Jackson received his marching orders for for picking up a second yellow card as the encounter finished 1-0 to the Egyptians.

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