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VIDEO: Sour debut for Ghaly as Hazard downs Lierse in opener
Hossam Ghaly made his league debut for Belgian side Lierse in an extremely one-sided 2-1 defeat to Zulte Waregem.
Lierse’s number 14, Ghaly, debuted in a central midfield position alongside Argentinian Hernan Losada. Whilst fellow Egyptian Ahmed Samir Farag started in his usual left-back position.
Zulte began the game brightly, dominating possession and closing players down very well early on with Lierse struggling to even get a touch of the ball. Lierse lost the ball on many occasions through Ghaly and it inevitably led to Zulte scoring the first goal of the game in the 33rd minute when former Leeds United striker Habib Habibou coolly finished after taking the ball round the keeper.
Zulte continued to attack with Habibou and Thorgan Hazard, the brother of Eden, who is on loan from Chelsea, but did not make use of the many chances they had.
Surprisingly, against the run of play Lierse managed to claw back an equalizer in the 43rd minute when, the animated Dolly Menga skillfully turned on the edge of the box and fired low into the bottom right corner where the Zulte keeper could not reach.
In added time of the first-half Hossam Ghaly fouled Skulason leading to a free-kick from 25-yards out. Hazard superbly fired the free-kick into the top left corner of the goal to regain the lead for Zulte as the sides went into the half-time break.
The second-half was the same with Zulte dominating in all areas. The only notable involvement for Hossam was when he didn’t jump for the ball in a corner which lead to a goal-line scramble. Many Egyptian players do not perform well early on in the season due to fatigue from Ramadan, the month in which Muslims fast during daylight hours. This could have been the reason behind Ghaly’s timid performance.
Ahmed Farag was the second Egyptian who featured for the Egyptian owned Lierse. He had a slightly better game making some good bursting runs from the left-back position but was caught defending poorly on Zulte’s opener.
Lierse, now 14th after week one, play 10-time Jupiler Pro League title winners Standard Liege next Sunday.
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