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Group D 1차전 FIFA World Youth Championship 
 
Resolute Germans see off Egypt (2:0) 
(FIFA.com) 12 Jun 2005 
 
Goals Scored: ADLER Nicky (GER) 75' , MATIP Marvin (GER) 93' 
  
Germany's Paul Thomik and Egypt's Ahmed Ghanem tussle in Enschede. Alex Morton ACTION IMAGES  
   
Germany's U-20 side have made a winning start to their FIFA World Youth Championship Netherlands 2005 campaign as the team coached by Michael Skibbe ground out a 2-0 victory over Egypt. Goals from substitute Nicky Adler and a late Marvin Matip effort sealed Germany's first FIFA World Youth Championship success against an African side at the fifth time of asking.  
   
"Obviously, I'm delighted with the result. It was a high tempo game, but there were a lot of errors. We were increasingly in control as the second half wore on. We deserved to win," Skibbe commented afterwards. 
  
Germany made a single change to the team that drew a final warm-up against the Russian U-21s, with Michael Delura earning a start in place of Adler. On a cool evening in Enschede, the sun emerged from behind the clouds on cue for kick-off and seemed to energise Skibbe's men as the Germans made the busier start. The powerfully built Delura, set to appear for Hanover 96 next term, drew a fine save from Egypt keeper Hamada Shaaban with a fierce right-footed drive after just four minutes. 
  
At the other end, new PAOK Thessaloniki signing Mahmoud Abdelrazek posed a first threat to the German defence as the Africans sought to compensate for their physical disadvantage with fluency and frenetic support from a large travelling contingent on the terraces. The Germans held firm and Delura saw a second strike whistle past the post on the quarter-hour as he twisted and shot from the vicinity of the penalty spot. 
  
Egypt settle and threaten 
Germany had the better of the possession, but the North Africans and their three-pronged attack looked dangerous on the break. Abdallah Said blasted goalwards from 20 metres as the Europeans became ragged, frequently inviting their opponents to counter-attack with misplaced passes.  
  
Michael Delura of Germany shields the ball from Egypt's Hossam Ahsour (ACTION IMAGES) Alex Morton  
  
Said squandered a golden opportunity to hand his side the lead from 14 metres following a defence-splitting ball from captain Abdallah Shahat. The same player then failed to get his shot away from Abdelrazek's determined build-up as the Africans grew in confidence. On the stroke of half-time, Abdelrazek was only denied by Daniyel Cimen's last-gasp intervention, before keeper Ren? Adler pushed Magdy's long-range curler over the bar. 
  
Skibbe sent on Christopher Reinhard and Oliver Hampel for the second half, and the Germans immediately stamped their authority on the centre of midfield, keeping the tempo high and slowly but surely grinding down their opponents. Delura went close before Sebastian Freis failed to hit the target from close range with Germany's best opening on the hour. The Egyptians were forced back into their own half, although their European rivals lacked the precision to deliver the final killer pass. 
  
Skibbe works magic with subs 
Skibbe's side piled on the pressure but the masterstroke turned out to be the introduction of striker Adler for the last quarter of the match. The change paid off on 75 minutes when Shaaban failed to hold a deflected Marcell Jansen effort and Adler gleefully netted the rebound just three minutes after coming on. 
  
Egypt boss Mohamed Radwan threw on Hossam Ossama in an effort to rescue the situation, but the Africans' indiscipline proved their undoing as they finished the game with only nine men. Captain Shahat collected a second booking, and Mohamed Mahmoud saw a straight red card for a brutal foul on Hampel, who looks out of the tournament with a broken shin according to an initial diagnosis. 
  
Matip finally put the issue beyond doubt with a firm 16 metre drive in stoppage time to seal a deserved German victory. 
  
Skibbe's first thoughts were for the injured Hampel: "It's a bad blow for a young player and the whole team." Nicky Adler was thrilled at netting the vital opener. "It's always a good feeling when you score the first goal. I have to accept not coming on until the second half." 
  
Commented Egypt boss Radwan: "We missed a string of chances in the first half. Our lack of experience counted against us. It was difficult after we had players sent off, and the Germans cleverly saw it through to the end. Congratulations to the German team."