0-1: Extra life for Argentina

Óscar Maya Belchí . Sapporo

Argentina managed to beat by the minimum Egypt (0-1) in a match of the Olympic football tournament in which the Argentines, defeated on the first day by Australia, they did not give a good image either despite winning, granting several occasions of great danger in the first half, but from the one who leaves with three points facing a final round in which they will have to play the pass against Spain.

The good start of the albiceleste was a mirage. In the M. 4, Adolfo Gaich crashed the ball into the left stick from the goal defended by Mohamed El Shenawy with a good shot from the first, but the danger reached there in a first half in which the African team showed their lack of quality in the area.

Ramadan Sobhi first, in the m. 13, had a heads up against Ledesma that he could not adjust to the stick and the goalkeeper, with plenty of reflexes, frustrated the 1-0. The defense of Argentina behind their back was a drama, without improvement compared to the debut in the opening match against Australia (0-2) but this time they ran into a team with fewer offensive weapons.

med Rayan, in the M. 17 and in m. 20, wasted two shots inside the area to overtake his own. The first was saved by Facundo Medina by throwing himself forcefully into the cut, although it was not the best action of the defender in the match.

The game, despite being played under the roof and the air conditioning, 22 degrees, of the Sapporo Dome, slowed down from the first half hour. Argentina tried to build, but there were 30 meters between defense and forward in the exit of the ball and there was no connection, with only Mac Allister going down to receive.

In this context, only the set piece and fortune could save the albiceleste. So it was. A corner kick in minute 52 he combed it Medina in the first post, he touched in the second and it fell to the boots again to the center so that top off strong in the middle between a tide of legs that prevented El Shenawy from seeing the ball to react earlier.

The goal was an oasis in the middle of the desert in attack that was the encounter. Accentuated after the 0-1 as Argentina changed the plan, lowered the height of its defense and lived comfortable, except for two fouls in the front of the area already in the last minutes as a result of nervousness, giving the ball to his rival to take care of a result that after the initial setback was a requirement. Three points after two days and they will play it in the last one, already in Saitama, against Spain.

For its part, Egypt could not make the tie good harvested against the Spanish team and with a single point they occupy the last place in a Group C.


Egypt: The Shenawy; Eraki (Fouad, m. 46), Galal (Maher, m. 78), Hegazi, Hamdy (Adel, m. 59), Fotouh; Tawfik, Hamdy; Mohsen (Mohamed, d. 60), Rayan and Sobhi.

Argentina: Ledesma, De La Fuente, Pérez, Medina, Bravo; Vera, Payero (Belmonte, m. 78); de la Vega, Mac Allister (Almada, m. 89), Barco (Urzi, m. 62); Gaich (Ponce, m. 62).

Goal: 0-1, min. 52: Medina.

Referee: Georgi Kabakov (Bulgaria) admonished Ponce (m. 72), Belmonte (m. 84), Pérez (m. 86) and de la Vega (m. 86) by Argentina, while Sobhi (m. 84) saw yellow in Egypt.

Incidents: Match of the men’s soccer competition of the Olympic Games played at the Sapporo Dome stadium. No viewers due to coronavirus restrictions.

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