Algeria issues a warning message … and a difficult victory for Egypt

The Algerian national team issued a strong warning to their rivals in the Arabian Football Cup, beating their Sudanese counterpart 4-0 Wednesday at Ahmed Ben Ali Stadium in the first round of Group D competitions, which saw a 1- defeat. 0 of Lebanon against Egypt.

And alternately scored the African champion on all fours, who runs in the tournament with an alternative formation, the Qatari striker Al-Sadd Baghdad Bounedjah (11 and 37), the player of the club Qatar’s Jamal bin Al-Omari (43) and Damascus striker Hilal Al-Arabi Sudani (46).

As a result, the “Desert Warriors” team started their third participation in the Arab Cup in the best possible way, after 1988. in Jordan and 1998 always in Qatar.

With this victory, the Algerians lead Group D with three points.

This is the 34th match for the Algerian team without defeat, as the Sudanese have failed to win in their last seven games and have not scored in their last three games. For its part, the “Jedian Falcons” team, with this loss, made its mission to reach the playoffs for the first time in its fourth consecutive participation, to finally sit down at zero points. The Algerians opened the scoring in the 11th minute, when Bounedjah received a through ball from the center of the field that penetrated the defense and reached it, to be the only one of Sudanese goalkeeper Ali Abu Ashrine, jumping him and shaking the net.

And there were several occasions for the “Desert Warriors” to double the score in the first half, over which they imposed complete control.

At 36 ‘a Sudanese appeared almost alone, but hit the ball in the goalkeeper’s chest to transform it in corner, which was lifted by Qatar captain Rayyan Yassin Ibrahimi with a header that hit the post.

But Ibrahimi quickly returned with a shot from the left, and shot a low cross to push Bounedjah towards the goal, so he escaped from the goalkeeper’s hand and entered. in network, announcing the second goal.

The Algerians scored the third goal of the match, when a corner kick that the defense failed to repel came to Ben Omari, who turned in goal a low header (43).

In a surreal scene, Algerian Soudani scored Algeria’s fourth goal against Al-Sudani at the start of the second half, when Sudanese defender Mohamed Arang made a mistake by asking for the ball on the outskirts of thearea of rigor. Bounedjah scored a fifth goal in the 51st minute, but the match referee returned and canceled it after calculating it, due to infiltration confirmed by assistant referee technology (VAR). The Sudanese had the opportunity to narrow the gap in the 70th minute, when the match referee granted them a penalty after appealing to VAR, but veteran goalkeeper and captain Rais Mbolhi saved Mohamed Abdel Rahman’s shot.

Egypt beats Lebanon

In the second game, the Egyptian side took their first victory against their absent Lebanese counterpart with a clean goal at Al Thumama Stadium.

Egypt’s goal was scored by Al-Ahly player Mohamed Magdy “Afsha” (71 from a penalty), giving Egypt three points that put him in second place in the group, with a goal difference from Algeria .

The Egyptian team imposed complete control of the game, and the first half saw no Lebanese shot against the “Pharaohs” goal, and ended in a goalless draw thanks to the skill of the Lebanese goalkeeper Mustafa Matar.

In the second half, the Egyptian team continued its pressure, with attempts to advance timidly for the Lebanese.

However, the pressure forced Lebanese defender Robert Melki to make a mistake within thearea penalty, according to which the referee awarded a penalty kick to the Egyptians, translated by Afsha as a goal (71).

After receiving the goal, the Lebanese manager made three substitutions simultaneously, headed by Muhammad Haidar, Rabie Ataya and Hilal Al-Helweh, and by Fadel Antar, Nader Matar and Walid Shour. However, this did not change anything over the course of the match and its outcome.

“We wasted a lot in the first half – said the Egyptian goalkeeper Mohamed El-Shennawy -. If we had been successful, the result would have been much wider, but we respect the opponent.”

As for Lebanon goalkeeper Mustafa Matar, he said: “We played a quiet match and all we have. This is our potential and the match was decided by a penalty kick. It was a good match aside. our and our physical form has decreased slightly., we hope to compensate “.

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