Egypt got their Olympic men’s football campaign started out on a positive note by playing a pedigreed Spain side to a 0-0 draw. The Pharaohs utilized the overage slots in their Olympic squad to include defensive veterans like Mohamed El Shenawy in goal as well as Ahmed Hegazy and Mahmoud El-Wensh in the center of defense, and the strategy paid off handsomely for manager Shawky Gharib. Egypt’s defense was impregnable throughout and a Spain team featuring several starters from their Euro 2020 semi-final team failed to find a breakthrough.
KingFut has a match report detailing Spain’s failure to live up to to expectations in their opener due to Egypt’s stalwart defensive performance. The Pharaohs will face Argentina next in Group C. Highlights are below.