Cairo – 6 June 2018: Dutch former international player, Ruud Gullit, played against Egypt at the 1990 World Cup in Italy at the game that ended with a 1-1 draw and he believes that Egypt deserved the result against the Dutch team.
“I think Egypt played very well against us and it was a difficult match. It was our first match at the World Cup and we had a lot of expectations at that time,” Gullit said in a documentary about Egypt’s history at the World Cup.
On June 12, 1990, Egypt and Netherlands opened their participation at the World Cup. Wim Kieft opened the score for the European side after 58 minutes and Magdi Abdel Ghani equalized a minute before the final whistle through a penalty.
The result was a surprise for everyone as the Dutch team entered the competition after achieving the 1988 UEFA EURO title.
Gullit added, “We were not in a good shape and we had many problems; therefore, the game against Egypt was tough and we did not know what to expect because we did not see a lot of games for Egypt.”
Asked about the Egyptian players he still remembers from the game, he said “I played at the front and I remember (Hany)Ramzy and (Rabie) Yassin who did very well.”
At the end, Egypt was eliminated from the group stage after a draw with the Republic of Ireland and a 1-0 loss from England while the Dutch were eliminated from the round of 16 after losing to Germany who won the title at the end.