Egypt thrash Austria 4-0 to advance at U20 World Cup

Egypt U20 striker Ibrahim Mohammed
Ibrahim Mohammed celebrates after becoming the first African to score a hat-trick at the U20 World Cup

Egypt reached the second round of the Under-20 World Cup on Thursday thanks to their 4-0 thrashing of Austria.

A second-half hat-trick by Ibrahim Mohamed sealed the win for the Young Pharaohs in Group E in Colombia.

The north Africans had opened the scoring on 31 minutes when Mohamed Ghazi's long-range effort deflected past goalkeeper Samuel Radlinger.

In the knock-out phase Egypt will play Argentina, who finished top of Group F after beating North Korea 3-0.

Playing in the coastal city of Cartagena, Mohamed's first goal came on the hourmark when his pile-driver slipped through the fingers of Radlinger.

The striker grabbed his second of the game two minutes later by tapping in after the Austrian goalkeeper failed to grab Mohamed El Neny's shot.

Mohammed completed his hat-tick with another simple close-range effort after Radlinger once again failed to hold, this time from Hussein Syed's header.

His heroics make him the first African player to score a hat-trick at the tournament.

The result means the Young Pharaohs equaled the record victory for an African side against European opposition at the tournament.

Coach Diaa El Sayed's side finished the group with seven points from three matches - level with Brazil, who defeated Panama 4-0 on Thursday.

But Brazil claimed top spot thanks to a better goal difference.

The Egyptians will play Argentina in the Round of 16 next Tuesday, in the city of Medellin.

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