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Pharaohs Abroad: Weekend Rewind
KingFut.com’s weekly coverage of Pharaohs Abroad returns with a weekend full of positive results for Egyptians plying their trades abroad with European clubs.
Mohamed Salah and Mohamed El-Nenny impressed once again against Tottenham on Thursday after helping Basel take the first-leg away advantage. Mohamed Salah scored FC Basel’s first goal on the counter after El-Nenny’s decisive interception before running into the Spurs’ box and shooting past two defenders and goalkeeper Brad Friedel. Salah posed a massive threat to the Spurs defenders proving too fast for them. El-Nenny controlled the midfield well alongside Serey Die. Spurs were reduced to 10 men just before full time and the game was take into in extra-time. It was during the dying minutes of extra-time that saw El-Nenny take a 30-yard screamer that beat Friedel and hit the post. Extra-time ended goalless so penalties ensued, where Basel won thanks to all 4 of their players finding the net, whilst only Sigurdsson managed to score for spurs with misses coming from Tom Huddlestone and Emmanuel Adebayor. Basel play Chelsea in the semi-final.
Read KingFut’s full match report and watch Mohamed Salah’s individual highlights here.
Mohamed Salah & Mohamed El-Nenny – FC Basel 3-1 FC Zuirch – Swiss Super League
Both Egyptians rested from today’s starting XI as Basel brace themselves for their upcoming cup game against FC Sion on Wednesday. El-Nenny did not feature in the match, however, Salah scored off the bench.
Zurich took the lead in the 25th minute when Josip Drmic found the back of the net. However, Basel legend Alexander Frei who was playing his last ever game for the club, equalised in the 58th minute. Fabian Schar took the lead for Basel in the 86th minute after converting a penalty. Mohamed Salah, who came on in the 76th minute, found the net one minute before time to make it three goals in four games for the elusive Egyptian winger.
Hull played Ipswich Town and were hoping to capitalise on a Watford loss. Elmohamady started whilst Fathi was on the bench. Gedo was not involved as he was still recovering from injury.
Hull took the lead in the minute when Robbie Brady scored a penalty. Ipswich equalises in the 55th minute thanks to a header from Wordssworth. Fathi came on in the 69th minute to replace Cory Evans and heavily influenced the game whilst fellow Egyptian Elmohamady continues to produce his trademark crosses. Hull found the winner in the 74th minute when Robert Koren scored.
Adam El-Abd – Brighton 2-0 Middlesbrough – Championship
Adam El-Abd did not feature in Brighton’s away win over Middlesbrough to help cement their spot in the Championship promotion play-offs.
Read KingFut’s full match report on the Championship Pharaohs here.
Mohamed ‘Dodo’ El-Gabbas – Lierse 1-2 K.A.A Gent – Jupiler Pro League (Play-off 2A)
Dodo scored his second goal in as many games to gift Lierse the lead in the 18th minute. However, his goal was cancelled out by a penalty taken by Mboyo just before half-time. Gent snatched the three points as Lierse had no response for the Group leaders going ahead in the 64th when Herve Kage scored.
Ahmed Said ‘Okka’, Ahmed Abou-Moslem and Mostafa Shebeita also featured in Lierse’s starting XI, with Ahmed Samir Farag coming on as a second-half sub.
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