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VIDEO: Petrojet 1-1 Tala’a El-Gaish – Spoils shared in thrilling PL opener
Petrojet and Tala’a El-Gaish played out a thrilling 1-1 draw in the opening game of the 13/14 season at the Army Stadium in Suez.
Hesham Abu-Khalil put the home side ahead with a fantastic free-kick, before El-Gaish found a late equaliser through Islam Gamal as the opening match of the 2013/2014 Egyptian Premier League season finished 1-1.
Petrojet had the first real chance of the game, when Davies Mwape found himself some space but his attempt went over the bar.
The retaliation from El-Gaish came 17 minutes later, this time a cross was played in from the right, but no player in black managed to get a touch on it.
El-Gaish had another chance but this time former Egyptian international Salah Amin’s first touch let him down as he blasted the ball into the hands of Mohamed El-Shennawy.
Petrojet wasted a glorious chance through Mwape, who received the ball on the edge of the box after some clever play from Said Kamal, only to blast his shot wide.
The away side then had the most dangerous chance of the game when Salah Amin laid it off to Islam Kamal, who was in a one-on-one position, but the latter’s finish was dealt with well by El-Shennawy.
The petrol club finally got the breakthrough towards the end of the half when Hesham Abu-Khalil curled a free-kick past Mohamed Bassam to put the blue-reds ahead.
El-Gaish could have got the equaliser early in the second half through Khaled Rabei, but the Gaish player kept the ball at his feet for too long only to be closed down by the Petrojet defenders.
Emad Soliman made a change to boost his side’s chances of scoring, 20-year-old Hossam Hassan made way for former ENPPI man Ahmed Mostafa ‘Shamama’.
El-Gaish goalkeeper Mohamed Bassam’s pass was intercepted by Davies Mwape, but the Zambian failed to control the ball before Bassam stood his ground.
Mokhtar Mokhtar replied by putting on former Egyptian international Osama Mohamed in place of goalscorer Hesham Abu-Khalil to deal with the trickery of Shamama, who had shifted a bit to the right, and the speed of Raed Mansy.
Petrojet were saved by their outstanding performer Fady Nagah who denied Salah Amin from taking a shot at goal, which would’ve made it 1-1.
El-Gaish finally got the long awaited equaliser through Islam Gamal in astounfing fashion.
Shennawy punched away an El-Gaish free-kick only to find Islam Gamal who laid the ball on his chest and finished acrobatically past the red-blues keeper.
Towards the end of the game, El-Gaish captain Ahmed Abdelaziz received his marching orders for a second booking. That took the tally to nine bookings and one sending off.