Tokyo-ALSHARQIYA July 22 : Egypt scored a valuable point from Spain after they tied without goals Thursday in Sapporo, as part of the opening of the third group competitions for the football competition within the Tokyo Summer Olympics, which officially opens on Friday.
And the football competition for players under 23, with the exception of three over this age, did not attract many stars from the round, due to the crowded calendar and its launch after the conclusion of the European Cup and Copa America.
The likes of Brazilian Neymar, who led Brazil to the 2016 title at home, are absent, French Kylian Mbappe, and Egyptian Mohamed Salah, whose Liverpool team refused to give up his services during this period before the start of the season.
Egypt coach Shawky Gharib, who finished fourth in 1928 and reached the quarter-finals in 1924, 1984 and 2012, put in a squad in which he relied on goalkeeper Mohamed El-Shennawy, defenders Ahmed Hegazy and Mahmoud Hamdi "Al-Wansh" and striker Ramadan Sobhi.
Gharib told beIN Sports, "This is the first time we have played with the Big Three. In the second half, despite the pressure, we were attacking better." "In general, you are facing the European champions, I am happy with the performance and more in the second half."
In turn, Hegazy, who contributed his experience to winning the tie, said, "The beginning is always difficult. We have prepared and studied the Spain national team well. This is an important point at the beginning of our journey. I hope that the next matches will be better in possession."
For its part, Spain pushed six players from the last European Cup, reaching the semi-finals and going out against champion Italy on penalties, most notably Barcelona's young midfielder Pedri.