International Friendly - Greece 1-0 Egypt - As it happened

International Friendly - Greece 1-0 Egypt - As it happened
Mohamed Salah, Egypt

by Graeme Jackson

Tuesday Mar 27, 2018. 21:51

Welcome to as-it-happened coverage of the international friendly between Greece and Egypt from the Letzigrund Stadium in Zurich, Switzerland.

All times CAT

90+4' - Full time - A late flurry from Egypt, but they never really looked likely to level the game. It's a pretty lame performance from the Pharaohs, but far from their strongest line-up, with coach Hector Cuper clearly using this game as an experiment. The North Africans will resume their 2018 World Cup preparations with a friendly against Kuwait in late May.

90+1' - Corner for Egypt, but they play it short and end up wasting the chance to get a cross into the Greek penalty area.

90' - There will be three minutes of added time.

89' - Substitution - Bakakis is replaced by Vasilis Torosidis.

87' - Awwad drops a cross from the left flank, but his defence tidies up. No sign of Egypt getting forward for an equaliser, Greece are well in charge of this game.

83' - Yellow cards - The referee quickly dispenses justice by booking both Elneny and Bakasetas.

82' - Elneny and Bakasetas have a confrontation after a challenge in midfield and the game threatens to boil over.

79' - Substitution - Sobhi makes way for Mahmoud Shikabala in another change for the Pharaohs.

74' - Substitution - Dimitris Kourbelis replaces Tatchsidis in Greece's midfield.

71' - Substitution - Greece swap left-backs as Babis Lykogiannis replaces Stafylidis.

69' - Kahraba with a great chance to equalise - he beautifully controls a ball over the top of the defence, but then fails to beat goalkeeper Barkas one-on-one!

65' - Substitution - Another swap for Egypt, as Mohsen makes way for Kahraba.

64' - Substitutions - Ashour makes way for Abdallah Said in Egypt's fourth change, while Lazaros is replaced by Giannas Gianniotas in Greece's third.

63' - A corner for Greece sees a glancing header from Tziolis turned away by Awwad!

59' - Bakasetas with a great reverse pass to put Stafylidis in on goal, but he wastes the effort! That should have been 2-0 to the Greeks.

54' - Yellow card - Pelkas into the book for a late challenge on Warda.

52' - Substitution - Ayman Ashraf replaces Gaber in Egypt's third change.

51' - A big worry for Egypt as Gaber is stretchered off and will need to be replaced. Looks like he's done some damage to the right knee.

48' - Bakasetas with a sight of goal, but his low shot is comfortably saved by Awwad.

46' - Substitutions - Back underway in the second half and there are changes on both sides: Greece have swapped out goalkeepers to bring on Vasilis Barkas and Tasos Bakasetas has replaced Donis, while Egypt have brought on Amr Warda and Hussein El Shahat for Zakareya and Magdi.

45+1' - Half time - Greece deservedly lead 1-0, though Egypt will look back on an early chance they fluffed through Zakareya. Will the Pharaohs may roll out the big gun - Mohamed Salah - for the second half?

44' - Donis crosses from the left flank, but there's no Karelis in the middle this time.

41' - Closing in on the interval, not the greatest  half of football from Egypt and coach Hector Cuper doesn't look a happy man on the sidelines.

38' - Pelkas gets a talking-to from the referee after chopping down Magdi in midfield. Got all of the ball, but a lot of the man too...

36' - Greece's Stafylidis hits an amazing left-footed volley into the back of the net... but the offside flag is up. To be fair, goalkeeper Awwad knew the attacker was offside and made no real attempt at a save.

33' - Egypt have generally looked to play a short-passing game but they could do with mixing in the odd long diagonal ball to give wingers Sobhi and Zakareya the chance to run in behind Greece's fullbacks.

30' - That goal has been coming, with Greece gradually building up a head of steam by pressing Egypt in their own half.

29' - GOAL! Greece 1-0 Egypt - A great move from Greece, Bakakis overlaps down the right and plays in a perfect cross for Karelis to head home from close range!

27' - Elneny with a great challenge in midfield to win possession back for Egypt and send them away on a counter attack.

23' - Past the midway point of the first half, still 0-0 between Greece and Egypt.

22' - Elmohamady with a great chance to cross from space on the right flank, but he slips at the vital moment and Greece come away with it...

18' - A stronger spell for the European side in the last few minutes, though they have yet to test the Pharaohs' 'keeper.

14' - Gabr with a vital interception as he heads a dangerous cross from Lazaros behind for a corner kick. The set piece sees Karelis with a free header, but he mis-times it horribly and the ball ends up safely in Awwad's hands.

10' - Egypt looking to play quick, one-touch football when in possession. They haven't quite found their range and rhythm just yet, but they do look more of an attacking threat than the Greeks.

6' - Chance for Egypt, Sobhi draws the 'keeper off his line before squaring for Zakareya, who sees his shot saved by Gianniotis, then Magdi's follow-up effort is cleared by a Greek defender!

5' - Magdi plays a ball into the box from a free kick, but it's easily dealt with by the Greek defence.

2' - Yellow card - Karelis with a clumsy lunge in midfield and that's an early caution for the Greek striker.

1' - Kick-off - Underway in Zurich! Greece wear all blue, while Egypt are in red, white and black.

19h55 - A cold, rainy evening as the teams make their way out of the tunnel.

19h45 - A much-changed line-up from the Pharaohs, who leave out the likes of Essam El Hadary, Ahmed Hegazi, Kahraba and Mohamed Salah.

19h30 - Half an hour to kick-off, here are the starting line-ups...

Egypt: Mohamed Awwad, Ahmed Elmohamady, Ali Gabr, Saad Samir, Omar Gaber, Hossam Ashour, Mohamed Elneny, Ramadan Sobhi, Mohamed Magdi, Moemen Zakareya, Marwan Mohsen

Greece: Andreas Gianniotis, Michalis Bakakis, Giorgos Tzavellas, Kyriakos Papadopoulos, Kostas Stafylidis, Panagiotis Tatchsidis, Alexandros Tziolis, Lazaros Christadoulopoulos, Dimitris Pelkas, Tasos Donis, Nikos Karelis

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