International Friendly: Egypt 1-2 Portugal - As it happened

International Friendly: Egypt 1-2 Portugal - As it happened
Egypt players, Omar Gaber of Egypt (far left) celebrate after Amr Warda scores from his penalty kick in shootout during the 2017 African Cup of Nations Finals Afcon semifinal football match between Burkina Faso and Egypt at the Libreville Stadium in Gabon on 01 February 2017 ©Gavin Barker/BackpagePix

by Austin Ditlhobolo

Friday Mar 23, 2018. 23:46

Hello and welcome to the live commentary of the FIFA international friendly match between Egypt and Portugal at the Stadion Letzigrund in Switzerland.


Egypt XI: Mohamed El-Shennawy; Ahmed Fathi, Ali Gabr, Ahmed Hegazi, Mohamed Abdelshafy; Tarek Hamed, Mohamed Elneny; Mohamed Salah, Abdallah El-Said, Mahmoud Trezeguet; Ahmed Hassan Koka.

Portugal XI: Rui Patrício; Cédric, Bruno Alves, Rolando, Guerreiro; Bernardo Silva, Neves, Moutinho, João Mário; André Silva, Cristiano Ronaldo.


1' - The game is underway.

5' - Ronado cuts inside from the right-hand side and the Portugal captain unleashes a shot which is blocked.

10' - End-to-end stuff as Salah cuts inside from the left-hand side and the Egypt talisman fires over the crossbar.

15' - Egypt goalkeeper El-Shennawy punches Portugal right-back Cedric's cross which was intended for Ronaldo.

20' - Portugal are in control of the game as they look to unlock the Egypt defence which is marshalled by Hegazi.

25' - Portugal are awarded an indirect free-kick inside the Egypt box and Ronaldo's effort from the set-piece is blocked on the goal-line.

30' - It remains goalless as we reach the half-hour mark here in Switzerland.

35' - Egypt are happy to sit back and launch quick counter attacks with Salah spearheading their attack.

40' - Rolando scores with a powerful header to make it 1-0 to Portugal, but the goal is disallowed as the defender was offside.

45' - Salah is ruled offside as Egypt look to break the deadlock just before the break

HALF-TIME: Portugal 0-0 Egypt.

46' - The second-half is underway.

50' - Egypt are doing most of the attacking in the second-half, but they are yet to seriously test Portugal keeper Patricio.

55' - GOAL! Portugal 0-1 Egypt. Salah hits the back of the net with a curling long-range effort.

60' - Portugal are attacking in numbers as they look to level matters.

61' - Portugal subs: Quaresma & Gomes IN, Mario & Moutinho OUT

62' - Egypt sub: Mohsen IN, Koka OUT.

65' - Egypt sub: Warda IN, El-Said OUT.

68' - Portugal sub: Martins IN, B.Silva

70' - Portugal have made changes as they continue to pile pressure on Egypt with Ronaldo looking lively upfront.

75' - Quaresma tries a powerful range shot that Egypt keeper El-Shennawy saves.

76' - Portugal sub: IN Fernandes & Guedes IN, Rúben Neves & A.Silva OUT.

79' - Egypt sub: Shikabala IN, Salah OUT.

80' - Ten minutes left for Portugal to level matters and Egypt are under pressure.

85' - A rare attack by Egypt and Shikabala's effort is easily saved by Patricio in Portugal goal.

87' - Egypt sub: Ashour IN,  Tarek Hamed OUT.

90' - The fourth official has added four minutes.

92' - GOAL! Portugal 1-1 Egypt. Ronaldo scored with a header from close range.

94' - GOAL! Portugal 2-1 Egypt. Ronaldo scores with a thunderous header to hand his side the lead.

FULL-TIME: Portugal 2-1 Egypt.




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