Both England and Egypt had a chance to move on to the round of 16 at the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Turkey, but each needed to win convincingly to do so.
It was Egypt's young stars who would take home the Group E victory on Saturday afternoon, 2-0, but that final tally was not enough to send the Egyptians into the knockout stage of the tournament.
Football Accumulator had the tweet as England disappointingly leaves the U-20 World Cup without even making it out of the group stage:
England U20's lose 2-0 to Egypt U20's and finish bottom of their group and are out of the World Cup #Embarrassing— Football Accumulator (@footballacca) June 29, 2013
England was the country that needed the 2-0 victory to move on to the next stage regardless of how the Iraq-Chile match played out in the other part of the action on Saturday. Egypt, on the other hand, needed a plus-three in the scoring department to move on ahead of Ghana.
It wasn't to be, and both sides will be going home despite Egypt's late attempt to make things interesting in Turkey on Saturday.
Mamhoud Trezeguet broke through for the Egyptians in the 78th minute to start to the scoring for his side, and Ahmed Hassan broke through in extra time in the second half to cap the scoring and send England home on a sour note.
The two sides played a scoreless draw in the first half, but England was clearly the aggressor.
The Three Lions had numerous chances to score throughout, but missed several marks in the early going that might have flipped the score in their favor by the end of the match. The FA on Twitter noted at the half that England needed to break through quickly to advance:
Just Football also had some halftime thoughts:
U-20 World Cup HT: England 0-0 Egypt. #England positives: L. Cole, Stones, Ward-Prowse, Thorpe, Barkley. Negatives: Williams, Garbutt, Kane.— Just Football (@JustFootball) June 29, 2013
Larnell Cole had a strong match for England and helped create chances for his side again in the second half, but England once again could not break through when the opportunity knocked.
One such opportunity in the 67th hit the post, and England missed a beautiful chance to take the lead there that would end up haunting them just 10 minutes later.
Trezeguet would find the net in the 79th minute on a beautiful shot, and Egyptian players had the tweet as Egypt closed the door on England's chance to get out of the group stage at this tournament:
Hassan's goal in extra time was just icing on the cake for Egypt, but came too late as the Egyptians needed a three-goal advantage to best Ghana and get to the next round.
While England was the better team for the first 75 minutes of the match, the full 90 is what it often takes to outlast a tough side like Egypt in a match of this nature. Combine the late letdown with England's early miscues in putting in relatively easy scoring opportunities, and you'll find the 2-0 defeat less than surprising for the Three Lions.
England out-shot Egypt 19-13, but the two sides tied in shots on goal at 10-10. Egypt also had more possession than their English counterparts (52-48) and took advantage of their chances whereas England did not.
ESPN's James Dall noted as much on Twitter:
England have actually been good. Just undone by a wonderful Trezeguet goal. They've paid the price for profligacy.— James Dall (@JamesDallESPN) June 29, 2013
Sam Wallace of The Independent also chimed in about his thoughts on England's disappointing three-match run in Turkey:
Egypt take the lead v England at U20WC. This tournament is turning into another humiliation for English football ...— Sam Wallace (@SamWallaceIndy) June 29, 2013
As it is, both sides are going home early, but it's Egypt who can hang their hat on a strong showing against what is a talented English side.
Iraq beat Chile 2-1 in the other Group E match of the afternoon, and both will be the group participants in the next round of the 2013 U-20 World Cup.
Final Group E Standings
The round of 16 will commence on July 2, as four matches will take place in the next stage of the U-20 World Cup.
We know which 16 teams will grace the next stage after the four matches that were played on Saturday, and as it stands, Spain, France and host nation Turkey will all be in action on Tuesday when the second stage kicks off.
*Schedule via FIFA.com.
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