Chile’s U20 World Cup campaign got off to a good start after they came from a goal down to defeat Egypt 2-1 in their opening match of the tournament being held in Turkey.
Chile dominated much of the early play but they weren’t the first team on the scoreboard after Egypt’s Hassan Ahmed won the ball in Chile’s half of the pitch before sliding a perfectly weighted ball for Mahmuoud Kahraba to fire past Chilean goalkeeper Dario Melo. Kahraba could have had a few more goals but poor finishing let him and down and Chile made him pay in the 25th minute when Nicolás Castillo’s shot took a wicked deflection of Rabia Ramy leaving Egyptian goalkeeper completely wrong footed as the all looped into the net.
In the second half Egypt continued to create numerous chances but fortunately for la rojita they spurned these efforts with Trezeget and Hassan Ahmed being particularly wasteful. Marcelo Salas’ team made the Chileans pay for their wastefulness as substitute Christian Bravo scored a brilliant winner in the 76th minute after controlling Bryan Rabello’s knock down before making space for himself and smashing an unstoppable shot past the Egyptian ‘keeper.
It wouldn’t be a la rojita match without a red card and Cristian Cuevas duly obliged in the 80th minute as he received a straight red card for a dangerous tackle on Saleh Gomaa. Fortunately they were able to keep their opponents at bay and ensure that their first match of the tournament would begin with a win.
The wins Chile top the group after the first round of matches after England and Iraq shared the spoils in a 2-all draw in the other Group E match. Next up for Chile is a meeting with England on Wednesday evening Turkey time.
Chile 2-1 Egypt
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