Egypt calls up Saudi Arabia-based striker for World Cup warm-up friendlies

Updated 06 March 2018
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Egypt calls up Saudi Arabia-based striker for World Cup warm-up friendlies

CAIRO: Egypt coach Hector Cuper has given a first call-up to striker Hussein El-Shahat, the only surprise selection ahead of a pair of World Cup warm-ups against Portugal and Greece later this month.
El-Shahat, a 27-year-old forward who plays for Al-Ain in the UAE, has been on loan from Egyptian club El-Maqasah since January. He has scored seven goals and provided nine assists, helping his team move closer to winning the Gulf nation’s top league.
With good ball skills and a knack for finding the target, El-Sahaht could help reduce Egypt’s near complete dependence on Liverpool winger Mohammed Salah, who scored five of the national team’s seven goals in African qualifying.
Egypt is returning to the World Cup for the first time since 1990 and will face host Russia, Uruguay and Saudi Arabia in the group stage.
Cuper gave another striker, Mahmoud Abdel-Razeq, only his second call-up since 2014 on Tuesday. Abdel-Razeq, better known as Shikabala, scored a superb goal in Egypt’s 1-1 draw with Ghana in its last Group E qualifier in November. Egypt had already qualified before the game, prompting the Argentine coach to give Salah a rest.
Shikabala plays for Saudi Arabia club Al-Raed, his latest stop in a journey that has seen him play in Egypt, Greece, Portugal and the United Arab Emirates.
The Pharaohs play Portugal March 23 and Greece four days later. Both games will be played in Zurich, Switzerland.


Mexico win again at the World Cup by beating South Korea 2-1

Updated 23 June 2018
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Mexico win again at the World Cup by beating South Korea 2-1

ROSTOV-ON-DON: Carlos Vela and Javier Hernandez scored a goal each to move Mexico closer to a spot in the round of 16 by beating South Korea 2-1 Saturday at the World Cup.
Mexico, who upset defending champion Germany in their opening match, took the lead when Vela converted from the penalty spot in the 26th minute. The Mexicans were awarded the penalty after Jang Hyun-soo handled the ball while trying to stop a cross from Andres Guardado.
Hernandez added the second in the 66th, scoring his 50th goal for Mexico. He hit the ball low past goalkeeper Jo Hyeon-woo after collecting a pass from Hirving Lozano.
Son Heung-min scored a consolation goal for South Korea in injury time, sending a powerful shot past goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa.
The South Koreans, who have lost their opening two matches, kept Ochoa under pressure throughout the match with Son often out-sprinting the Mexican defense.
Mexico relied on keeping possession and long-range shots, with a powerful attempt from Andreas Guardado forcing an athletic save from Jo in the second half. A volley from Vela skimmed the bar minutes later.
Mexican fans avoided using a chant, which is considered to be homophobic by FIFA, against the opposing goalkeeper.
The chant earned the country’s soccer federation a fine after the previous match.