Egypt vs USA preview

Game : Egypt vs United States of America

Match : Confederations Cup Group B

Venue : Royal Bakofeng Stadium, Rustenburg

Date : 20 June 2009, 20.30 South African time.

Egypt and USA meet for the first time in a major international football event in Rustenburg on Sunday night, with plenty at stake for both teams.

Although Egypt are much better placed to qualify for the semis thanks to their shock win over Italy, the US are not completely out of it either. They need to beat Egypt by a big margin, and hope that Brazil destroy Italy in the other game.

Egypt and Italy are tied on points, but the latter have their noses ahead on goal difference. All Egypt need to do is to better Italy’s result. If the Italians win 1-0, a 2-0 will do for Egypt as they would progress by having scored more goals than Marcello Lippi’s men. Italy currently have a goal difference of 1, while Egypt have scored four and let in four in this competition so far.

Mohamed Zidan, one of Egypt’s most important attacking players in the absence of Amr Zaki and Mido, has been ruled of this game with an hamstring injury. Zidan has scored two of the four Egyptian goals in this tournament.

Egypt form- last five games- all competitions- Egyptian scorers in brackets

Egypt 1-0 Italy ( Mohamed Homos)
Brazil 4-3 Egypt ( Mohamed Zidan*2, Mohamed Shawky)
Algeria 3-1 Egypt ( Mohamed Aboutrika)
Oman 0-1 Egypt (Mohamed Aboutrika)
Egypt 1-1 Zambia ( Amr Zaki)

The USA were outclassed by Brazil in their last game, but Bob Bradley’s men can still salvage something by beating Egypt. They have a goal difference of -5, compared to Italy’s +1. So a 3-0 for the USA will do, if Italy get beaten 3-0 by Brazil. Sacha Kljestan is suspended, but Ricardo Clark returns after missing the last game due to suspension. Carlos Bocanegra is still having problems, and may not be available in defence for this game either.

USA 0-3 Brazil
Italy 3-1 USA ( Landon Donovan)
USA 2-1 Honduras ( Landon Donovan, Carlos Bocanegra)
Costa Rica 3-1 USA ( Landon Donovan)
USA 3-0 Trinidad and Tobago ( Jozy Altidore*3)

Egypt are on a high, while the USA are down in the dumps currently. Egypt to win this 2-0, with Aboutrika and Gomaa to score.

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