Egypt impresses against Brazil

Shock...Egypt players celebrate their team's goal against Brazil. (Getty)

An impressive Egypt has held Brazil to a 1-1 in their opening FIFA U-20 World Cup Group E match in Colombia.

The more fancied South American nation was outplayed for large periods of the match and the result leaves all four group rivals on one point apiece after Austria drew with Panama.

The match commenced in frenetic fashion, with Egypt on the attack within the first minute as Mohamed Salah snaked his way into the box and sent his chip just over the cross-bar.

Brazil hit back in quick time, as Casemiro found space before linking up with Oscar, who fired his shot well over the bar.

There was action aplenty at both ends before Brazil broke the deadlock in the 12th minute when Danilo forced home a strong header from a Philippe Coutinho corner.

Rather than collapse however, Egypt showed its fighting spirit and a neat one-two between Mohamed Hamdy and Salah almost levelled the scores.

Mohamed Ibrahim skilfully curled his effort over the bar however the equaliser came in the 26th minute when Omar Gaber took advantage of a missed clearance to rifle into the net past Gabriel.

Egypt could have taken the lead in the middle stages of the half, with Handy and Ibrahim both in goods position, before Brazil began to dominate possession once again.

Egypt had a gilt-edged chance to take the lead early in the second half after Brazil again failed to clear a cross, however Omar Gaber missed the target from 12 yards out.

William found the back of the net but was ruled offside and Negueba sent an effort narrowly wide for Brazil, however despite losing keeper Ahmed Elshenawi to injury late on, Egypt held on for a valuable point against its more illustrious opponent.

Source SBS