Preview - Egypt vs Colombia 02 June 18

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International Friendly
Egypt vs Colombia
Saturday, June 2nd, 2018
04:15am (GMT +8 Timing)
Stadium: Atleti Azzurri d'Italia

Last five matches form: W D L L D
Average goals per match: 1.50
Average goals against per match: 0.62
Top Scorer: Mohamed Salah (33)

Last five matches form: D L W W D
Average goals per match: 1.17
Average goals against per match: 1.06
Top Scorer: Radamel Falcao (29)

One of the more interesting of this weeks friendlies takes place in Italy as these two sides who  are both bound for the world Cup Finals continue their preparations.

Egypt are yet to win in their World Cup warm up games, but were only a couple of minutes away from beating European Champions Portugal before  a late double intervention from Cristiano Ronaldo saw them go down 2-1. A defeat to Greece was more disappointing as was a draw with lowly Kuwait last time out and they are facing a step up in class here.

The greatest Egyptian player of all time, Mohamed Salah, remains in the squad for the upcoming friendlies and the tournament itself, and whilst he will be given every chance to make it on time, he won't be ready for this following that devastating shoulder injury in the Champions League final.

Having safely negotiated the notoriously tough South American qualifying section, Colombia look to be a team growing in confidence as the finals approach and with World class players such as James Rodriguez and Radamel Falcao in the line up they are a side whom nobody will particularly relish facing. A recent 3-2 win over France showed they are not to be underestimated.

Life without Salah is not going to be easy for Egypt, and against this talented Colombia outfit we suspect they may be given a good idea of just how difficult things are going to be at the finals themselves.

Prediction: Egypt 0 - 2 Colombia


Half time: 0 - 0
Full time: 0 - 0
Shots: 12 - 15
Shots on target: 5 - 11
Corner Kicks: 1 - 11
Possession: 32% - 68%

It was Colombia who came closest to breaking the deadlock in a contest where they bossed possession throughout. A James Rodriguez cross from the left finding Falcao in the area, only for the striker to send his header wide.

A lack of concentration did come close to hurting Colombia here. Being on top for so long, they did take their eye off the ball once losing possession at times, and a better counter attacking side than Egypt may well have made them pay.

As it was though, the Egyptians only threatened sporadically through the odd set piece situation, or effort from range, as their offensive shortcomings were exposed at times.

Egypt will probably be pretty happy with this performance and result overall though. Staying tight and keeping in matches is going to be the key to any chance they have at this summer's finals. Scoring at the other end is likely to remain a problem should Mohamed Salah not make it back in time, but it often only takes one chance at International level. The fact they were able to shut out the likes of Radamel Falcao and James Rodriguez here certainly augurs well for their defensive prospects.

Colombia will likely be disappointed they were unable to break down this stubborn Egyptian back line, but will draw encouragement from the performance of Rodriguez. His form had been something of a question mark, but he certainly looks to be returning to something like his best now. Excellent positionally through this encounter, he came close with an effort from range and created a number of good chances for his team mates.

0-0 final score.

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