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North African rivals Egypt and Tunisia meet in the semi-finals of the Arab Cup

The Egyptian soccer team, led by Portuguese coach Carlos Queiroz, played a strong match against Tunisia on Wednesday, at the Qatar 974 Stadium, in the semifinals of the Arab Soccer Cup.

North African rivals Egypt and Tunisia meet in the semi-finals of the Arab Cup

The Egyptian group equipped for the semi-finals later a troublesome 3-1 triumph over Jordan last Saturday at Al Janoub Stadium in Al Wakra in the quarter-finals of the tournament.

Yazan Al Naimat gave Jordan the lead early in the first half with a superb shot from inside the box.

Before the end of the first 45 minutes, Marwan Hamdi leveled the score with his head at point-blank range after a cross pass from Ahmed Zizou.

After the goalless second half, the game went into extra time. Ahmed Refaat and Marwan Daoud, both from the bench, scored for the Pharaohs in the first and second half of overtime, respectively, to send Egypt to the semi-finals.


M Al-Badri. Egypt kicked off their campaign in this Arab Cup with a small win over Lebanon, before going long with a 5-0 win over Sudan and a difficult draw with Algeria to win their group.

In addition, Egypt played 120 minutes against Jordan. Because he played two tough games in a row, the team has concerns about the physical condition of Mohamed El-Shennawy, Ahmed Hegazy, Ayman Ashraf, and Hamdi Fathy, who are continuing treatment. Consequently, the team had a break on Sunday and resumed training on Monday after recovery sessions for all players.

Queiroz has liked having personal conversations with the forwards, as they have lost many opportunities in recent games. The Portuguese mentor fostered a different preparing plan for the assaulting players to give them extraordinary directions.

The expected line-up for Egypt against Tunisia consists of Mohamed El-Shennawy, Ahmed Yassin, Mahmoud Hamdi (Al Wensh), Omar Kamal, Ahmed Fattouh, Amr Al-Sulayya, Hamdi Fathi, Hussein Faisal, Ahmed Refaat, and Mohamed Magdy (Afsha). and Muhammad Sharif.

Queiroz sat down with all the players of the national team after the last training session on Tuesday, and talked with them about the importance of the match, highlighting the need to keep up with the good work that dazzled the Arab world during the tournament.


Egypt vs Tunisia

The encounters of the pharaohs and the eagles of Carthage have always had difficult battles and are often described in small details, both in terms of national teams and clubs.

The next match will be the 41 Street match between Egypt vs Tunisia. They met before in 25 official matches and 15 friendlies. The last match between the duo saw Egypt win 3-2 on November 16, 2018, during the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.


The Tunisian team beat their Egyptian counterpart in all previous matches. In total, the Carthage Eagles won 16 matches, while Egypt won 13 matches and 11 matches ended in a draw. In official competitions, Tunisia won 10 matches against 8 for the Pharaohs, and 7 matches ended in a draw.

The first meeting was between Egypt and Tunisia in the Olympic qualifiers on February 19, 1960, in which the Pharaohs won 3-1. The pharaohs' greatest triumph over Tunisia was 4-0 of every 1989 amicable. On the other hand, Tunisia beat Egypt 4-1 in 1977 during the qualifying phase for the World Cup.

Regarding the history of the Arab Cup, Egypt faced Tunisia once on July 13, 1988, in which the Pharaohs won 1-0.


Keyrouz is building a new generation

Led by Queiroz, the Pharaohs have achieved undefeated rounds in both the 2022 World Cup African qualifiers and the Arab Cup so far.

Queiroz showed his great quality before the Egyptian fans after giving a great performance in the Arab Cup, especially since the pharaohs participated in the competition without their stars who play in the European leagues.

Queiroz allowed the young players to show their talents in the Arab Cup, several of them debuting with the national team.


Amr Al-Sulayya vs. Ferjani Sassi

The Pharaohs and the Eagles of Carthage have high-caliber elements, but the midfielders will play a key role in the confrontation. However, the match promises to see a renewed little battle between former Tunisian Zamalek midfielder Ferjani Sassi and Egyptian Al-Ahly Amr Soulia midfielder.

During the current Arab Cup, both Al-Sulayya and Sassi participated in all the matches of the two teams. Queiroz has relied heavily on El-Solia as an indispensable component of the Pharaoh's team since he took office. The same goes for Sassi, who is always on the Tunisian squad.

The next match will not be the first between Al-Sulayya and Al-Sassi, because the two have previously met in nine previous matches. However, Sulaya came off the bench in Egypt's 3-2 win over Tunisia in November 2018 during the Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.

"Every one of the groups in this competition is solid. Presently we are focusing on the Tunisia match. I trust that we are generally prepared for that and that we can progress to arrive at the last and win it," Egyptian commander El-Solia said.


A special match for the Tunisian quartet

The meeting of the Eagles of Carthage and the pharaohs will be for Tunisians Ali Maaloul, Seif El-Din Jaziri, Ferjani Sassi, and Hamza Mathlouthi. Both Al Jaziri and Mathlouthi currently play for Zamalek in Egypt, while Maaloul plays with his colleague at Al Ahly Club in Cairo. On his side, Sassi was one of the most prominent players in Zamalek last year before moving to Al Duhail in Qatar.

Jaziri achieved an outstanding level with his country in recent matches, as he contributed greatly to Tunisia's qualification for the Arab Cup semi-finals. He has scored four goals for the Tunisian team so far, becoming the tournament's top scorer.

In the quarterfinals, Jaziri scored his fourth tournament goal against Oman in the match that ended in Tunisia's 2-1 victory.

With this performance, Jaziri returns to Zamalek in great spirit. He is expected to play an important role in Zamalek's attack line in upcoming matches, be it in the local league or the African Champions League group stage, especially since French Zamalek manager Patrice Carteron is confident in the player.

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