Argentina managed to beat Egypt by the minimum (0-1) in a match of the Olympic football tournament in which they did not give a good image despite winning, conceding several occasions of great danger in the first half, but from which they leave with three points for a final matchday in which the pass will have to be played against Spain.
The good start of the albiceleste was a mirage. In the minute 4, Adolfo Gaich crashed the ball into the left post of the goal defended by Mohamed El Shenawy with a good shot from the first, but the danger reached there in a first half in which the African team showed their lack of quality in the area.
Ramadan Sobhi first, at m.13, had a one-on-one against Ledesma that he could not adjust to the post and the goalkeeper, with plenty of reflexes, frustrated the 1-0. Argentina’s defense behind their back was a drama, without improvement compared to their debut in the opening match against Australia (0-2) but this time they ran into a team with fewer offensive weapons.
Ahmed Rayan, at m.17 and at m.20, missed two shots inside the area to overtake his own. The first was saved by Facundo Medina by throwing himself forcefully into the cut, although it was not the best action of the defender in the match.
The game, despite being played under the roof and the air conditioning, 22 degrees, of the Sapporo Dome, slowed down from the first half hour. Argentina tried to build, but there were 30 meters between defense and forward in the exit of the ball and there was no connection, with only Mac Allister coming down to receive.
In this context, only the set piece and fortune could save the albiceleste. So it was. A corner kick in the 52nd minute was combed by Medina at the first post, touched in the second and fell to the boots again to the center-back so that he finished hard in the middle between a tide of legs that prevented El Shenawy from seeing the ball to react earlier.
The goal was an oasis in the middle of the desert in attack that was the meeting. Accentuated after the 0-1 as Argentina changed the plan, lowered the height of its defense and lived comfortably, except for two fouls in the front of the area already in the last minutes as a result of nervousness, giving the ball to his rival to take care of a A result that after the initial stumble was a requirement. Three points after two days and they will play it in the last one, already in Saitama, against Spain.
For its part, Egypt could not make good the draw against the Spanish team and with a single point they occupy the last place in a Group C.
0.- Egypt: El Shenawy; Eraki (Fouad, m.46), Galal (Maher, m.78), Hegazi, Hamdy (Adel, m.59), Fotouh; Tawfik, Hamdy; Mohsen (Mohamed, m.60), Rayan and Sobhi.
1.- Argentina: Ledesma, De La Fuente, Pérez, Medina, Bravo; Vera, Payero (Belmonte, m.78); de la Vega, Mac Allister (Almada, m.89), Barco (Urzi, m.62); Gaich (Ponce, m. 62).
Goals: 0-1, min.52: Medina.
Referee: Georgi Kabakov (Bulgaria) admonished Ponce (m.72), Belmonte (m.84), Pérez (m.86) and de la Vega (m.86) by Argentina, while Sobhi (m.84 ) saw yellow in Egypt.
Incidents: Match of the men’s soccer competition of the Olympic Games played at the Sapporo Dome stadium. No viewers due to coronavirus restrictions.