Roberto Martinez's Belgium slip up just days before World Cup

Belgium 1-2 Egypt: Roberto Martinez’s heavily fancied Belgium slip up on eve of the World Cup kick-off with a surprising warm-up defeat to Mohamed Salah’s Egypt

  • Belgium lose 2-1 to Egypt in a World Cup warm-up game before finals kick-off 
  • Goals from Mostafa Mohamed and Trezeguet were enough see African side win 
  • Roberto Martinez’s men pulled a goal back through Lois Openda in second half 
  • The Red Devils are in Group F with Croatia, Canada and Morocco in Qatar  

 Belgium were beaten 2-1 by Egypt in a friendly international on Friday in a sobering defeat that belied their status as one of the fancied teams for the World Cup in Qatar.

An error by Kevin De Bruyne and an inspired pass from Mohamed Salah ensured goals for Egypt, who narrowly missed out on World Cup qualification in March, as they posted victory in a stop-start affair in Kuwait City.

Mostafa Mohamed scored in the 33rd minute with a rasping short ball after De Bruyne had lost possession just outside his own penalty area to give Egypt a halftime lead.

The Egyptian players celebrate scoring the winner in their surprising 2-1 win over Belgium 

This was doubled straight from the second half kick-off as Salahâs clever pass caught out Belgiumâs static defence and Mahmoud Trezeguet finished off with his left foot on the counter-attack.

Lois Openda pulled back a goal with 14 minutes to play, set up by Yannick Carrasco, who then almost had an equaliser four minutes later.

But Egypt held out for the win with Salah close to getting a goal of his own right at the end.

Former Aston Villa midfielder Trezeguet scored the winner for Egypt in their 2-1 victory 

Belgium, who are second in the FIFA rankings and were semi-finalists at the last World Cup, made several switches but showed little rhythm and cohesion with captain Eden Hazard looking out of sorts.

They were able to get in some game minutes for veteran defender Jan Vertonghen, who had been an injury concern over recent weeks. He came on for the final 20 minutes.

Friday’s match marked the end of pre-World Cup warm-ups ahead of Sundayâs tournament start. Belgium meet Canada in their first Group F game on Wednesday.

Lois Openda did get Belgium back into the game but they couldn’t find an equaliser in their World Cup warm against Egypt 

MATCH FACTS

Belgium (3-4-2-1): Courtois, Castagne (Doku 82), Debast, Alderweireld, Theate (Vertonghen 71), Carrassco, Vanaken (Tielemans 46), Witsel, De Bruyne (Mertens 46), Hazard (Meunier 71), Batshuayi (Openda 46) 

Subs not used: Faes, Mingolet, Casteels, Hazard, Onana, Dendoncker, De Ketelaere 

Goal-scorer: Openda 73 

Manager: Roberto Martinez 

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Egypt (4-3-3): El Shenawy, Tawfik, Gabr (Galal 77), Hegazy, Hamdy Sharaf, Elneny, Hamed (Sayed 88), Hamada, Salah (Mahgoub 88), Trezeguet (Ashour 88), Mohamed (Sayed 72) 

 Subs not used: El Shenawy, Gaber, Fathi, Hamdi, Alaa, Magdy, Awad, Mohamed 

Goals: Mohamed 33, Trezeguet 46 

Booked: Tawfik 79, Galal 90+1 

Manager:  Rui Vitoria 

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