Published Monday 30 July 2012

The New Zealand men’s football team kept their Olympic hopes alive by securing a 1-1 draw against Egypt at Old Trafford, Manchester, today.
Having lost 1-0 to Belarus in their opening match, the Oly-Whites could not afford another defeat. They were looking for a win to enhance their chances of progressing in the tournament, but in the end had to settle for a draw.
Though the Oly-Whites struggled for much of the match – Egypt had 28 shots at goal compared to New Zealand’s four – Ryan Nelsen’s team deserved credit for sticking to their task.
Egypt dominated possession, but New Zealand scored first, after 17 minutes.
A Michael McGlinchey corner was flicked on by Tommy Smith to Chris Wood, who duly slotted it.
Egypt came back just before halftime to equalise through the dangerous Mohamed Salah.
The New Zealand defence held firm throughout an entertaining second half, but scoring chances were relatively rare.
The Oly-Whites will be looking to win their last pool match, against Brazil at Newcastle on Thursday, to keep their tournament hopes alive.