Iraq have gone to the top of Group E with a 2-1 victory over Egypt that leaves the Pharaohs on the brink of an early exit from the FIFA U-20 World Cup. Mohanad Abdulraheem scored a 79th-minute winner as Hakeem Shaker’s side again came from behind at Antalya’s Akdeniz University Stadium to move ahead of Chile at the top of the section on goals scored.
The first half was a terrific contest, played out at a frantic pace and with plenty of wholehearted 50-50 challenges being contested by both sides. There were also goals worthy of gracing any stage, with the first coming for Egypt after 27 minutes.
This one was all about one-touch team interplay, with Trezeget flicking the ball wide for Ibrahim Osama to deliver a first-time cross that Hassan Ahmed met with the perfect header, sending the ball flashing into the bottom corner. Iraq were always in the game, though, and they equalised six minutes later with an equally impressive goal, Ammar Abdulhussein charging forward unchallenged from midfield and smashing a low shot into the bottom right-hand corner from 25 yards.
And while the second half couldn’t quite match the standard of the first, there was still another magnificent goal to enjoy. The man responsible was Mohanad Abdulraheem, who showed tremendous skill to flick the ball past Metwaly Mahmoud, take it round the keeper, away from Ibrahim Osama and somehow to find a gap to shoot between two defenders sliding in to cover the line.