Egypt were humbled by Chile 2-1 on Sunday in Group E first match of the 2013 World Youth Championship in Turkey
Egypt became the third African representative after Ghana and Nigeria to lose their opening match at the ongoing 2013 World Youth Championship in Turkey following their 2-1 defeat to Chile on Sunday at the Akdeniz University Stadium in Antalya in Group E’s first game.
The junior Pharaohs failed to conserve their lead after ENPPI Club midfielder Kahraba put the North Africans ahead 10 minutes from kick off.
Universidad Catolica striker Nicolas Castillo pulled level for the La Rojita in the 25th minute before Udinese property Christian Bravo sealed the South Americans’ 2-1 victory in the last quarter of the meeting.
Chile began the encounter with a frenetic pace, soon crowding the Egyptian area and threading shot passes in search of a breach but the ball fell to Egypt’s captain Rabia, who quickly dispatched a long cross to the middle of the parking finding Kahraba, who evaded his markers and surged forward into the box before delivering his finish in the back net to give the Pharaohs the lead in the 10th minute.
The Chileans’ reaction was quite timid, as Egypt dominated possession, thanks to a flexible midfield and perfect comprehension with their back half. However, attempts to claim a second goal failed each time.
Chile began to find their rhythm after the 20th minute, as the session balanced into quick movements of balls from one end to the other.
With a long cross to the right flank, Fuentes was able to set up Cueva in a free position from where he chipped a short pass to Nicolas Castillo at the edge of the Egyptian box. The Universidad Catolica striker drove inside with dexterity and finished his effort with aplomb to pull level for the La Rojita in the 25th minute.
Both sides would play out the rest of the first half with neither snatching the lead, and thus it continued after the break until the 77th minute when Christian Bravo snaffled a loose ball in the midfield after a free kick from Egypt and skipped past a couple of defenders before striking it home successfully to seal his side’s 2-1 win over Egypt.
Only Mali have been able to record a point for Africa so far in the competition after their Saturday’s 1-1 draw against Paraguay.
Ghana lost their opener 3-1 to France while Nigeria were beaten 3-2 by Portugal.