Egypt just need draw to advance
Egypt players celebrate
Egypt can book a place in the Last 16 of the 2011 FIFA Under-20 World Cup with a draw against Austria in their final Group E clash on Thursday.
The Young Pharaohs have been outstanding in the tournament so far, earning a fully deserved 1-1 draw with Brazil in their opener, before beating Panama 1-0 in their second game.
It means they have their destiny in their own hands going into the Austrian encounter, with their opponents desperately needing a victory to have any chance of reaching the knockout stages.
“Before matches, I always like to reiterate that I respect all our opponents. I had respect for Brazil, Panama and now Austria. I’m not going to change the way I see the game: I’ll show respect for each and every opponent through to the final against Colombia,” Egypt coach El Sayed Diaa said.
Austria lost 3-0 to Brazil last time out, but coach Andreas Heraf says it might have been different had his side taken their chances.
“The team played well against Brazil, who are perhaps one of the best teams in the world, until they scored their second goal. In fact, the result might have been different had we taken some of the chances we’d created before then. The team’s playing well but if you don’t score you can’t win. We’re hoping to remedy that in the clash with Egypt,” Heraf said.