Mohamed Salah continued his exceptional goalscoring record at international level when he opened the scoring in Egypt’s 3-2 loss to Chile in Santiago early this morning (Saturday).
Egypt are not in the World Cup but travelled to South America to play Chile, who are considered one of the dark horses for this summer’s showpiece in Brazil.
With 12 minutes played Salah, playing wide in a front three, latched onto a through ball just inside the Chile half, ran clear of their high defensive line and finished high into the roof of the net past Claudio Bravo. It was the winger’s 19th goal in just 29 appearances for his country, and his second international strike since moving to Chelsea in January.
Egypt then doubled their lead four minutes later through Khaled Khamar, who also exposed Chile’s high line before cutely chipping Bravo.
But, inspired by Barcelona’s Alexis Sanchez, Chile fought back on home soil. On 26 minutes Sanchez set up Marcelo Diaz, who scored with an acrobatic volley, and then in the second half he provided a pair of assists for Eduardo Vargas, who twice finished well to complete the turnaround.
Egypt play Jamaica in another friendly on Wednesday at Brisbane Road, the home of Leyton Orient, with kick-off at 8pm.