After beating respectively Zambia (1-0) and Cape Verde (5-1), Egypt and Algeria faced each other on Monday in a friendly match whcih ended in stalemate despite Pharaohs playing 10-man since the 62nd minute and Mohamed Hany’s red card.
The fans who made the trip to Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium in UAE were not bored since the matches were very engaged and rhythmic. Moreover, in the 26th game, Mohamed Hany received a red card which required the intervention of the VAR for a horrible tackle on Touba.
Reduced to 10, the Egyptians will remain solid and keep the score at 0-0 at the break. Back from the locker room, the two teams will be a little more enterprising. Chaibi goes in this direction, finding the fault in the 54th for the Fennecs. But, the goal will be disallowed for an irregular position.
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A few minutes later, in the 62nd minute, Hamdi Fathi, very opportunistic, put the Egyptians in front by opening the score with a header. Which will push Djamel Belmadi to make changes. Despite its numerical superiority on the ground, the Algerians will suffer against an Egyptian team that was pumping up and defending very well.
While the Pharaohs thought they had won the victory, the Fennecs resurfaced at the end of the match. In the final seconds of added time, Islam Slimani will set the record straight and allow Algeria to snatch a draw in this North African derby.