Tommy Smith stars as New Zealand draw with Egypt

Ipswich Town defender Tommy Smith set up Chris Wood to score New Zealand’s goal, but the Oly-Whites were denied victory by Egypt in their Group C game at Old Trafford yesterday.

Smith flicked on Michael McGlinchey’s corner for Wood to tuck home at the back post, however Mohamed Salah equalised from close-range at the end of the first half.

The Africans could have had at least seven goals by the final whistle but a mixture of last-ditch Kiwi defending, and some awful finishing from Egypt, meant they had to settle for a draw in what was a poor-quality contest.

Should Brazil beat Belarus in Manchester this afternoon, Egypt will have to beat the Europeans on Wednesday to qualify for the quarter-finals, while minnows New Zealand will have to beat the South American side to progress from Group C.

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