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Matchday 1 Roundup – All the action from the Egyptian Premier League
All the action from Matchday 1 of the 2013/2014 Egyptian Premier League season from Al Masry’s return to Menya’s historic upset.
What a day of Egyptian football it has been. Following yesterday’s exciting start to the 2013/2014 Premier League season with Petrojet drawing 1-1 with Tala’a El-Gaish, five games kicked off at 14:00 CLT on Wednesday – producing 13 goals, nine goals scored in the second half and four in the first.
This is what happened across five stadiums on Matchday 1 on Wednesday afternoon.
Zamalek 2-0 Al Masry
A penalty from Ahmed Eid and a fantastic goal from new signing Ahmed Ali decided the game which was Al Masry’s first official game in almost a year and a half.
Goals – Ahmed Eid opened the scoring halfway through the second half when Gehad Greisha awarded a controversial penalty, the Egyptian international calmly scored his spot-kick which hit the post on the way in. Zamalek then added a second through new signing Ahmed Ali, who was calm and used his skill. A swift counter-attack from Zamalek left Ahmed Ali in a one-on-one position with Ahmed El-Shennawy. The former Ismaily man took El-Shennawy one way before going the other and eventually made it 2-0.
Ismaily 2-1 Qanah
For the first time since 03/04, this North-East derby was contested. It was never going to be easy for both sides.
Goals – Ghanaian striker John Antwi opened the scoring with a fantastic header from a Mohamed Zika cross, to make it 1-0 to the Darawish. Ten minutes before the end Qanah made it 1-1 when Mohamed Sobhy’s save fell to to Dodji who finished into an empty net. Just as when Qanah had thought they had done enough to grab their first point since their relegation in 03/04, John Antwi scored in injury time to decide the first derby of the season.
Ittihad El-Shorta 2-1 Wadi Degla
The small stadium in Abbassia has turned into a fortress for Ittihad El-Shorta. It is a place where all teams struggle, Wadi Degla are no different.
Goals – The Cup runners-up took a shock lead when a fatal defensive mistake fell to Saladin Said whose half-volley made it 1-0. Then came arguably one of the best goals of the day. A cross was played from midfield to goal poacher Khaled Kamar who shrugged off his marker and dived forward to score. In the 55th minute Khaled Kamar made it 2-1 to Ittihad El Shorta. A deflected free-kick fell to Kamar who made no mistake from six yards.
Haras El-Hodood 1-2 Menya
The two time cup winners and were handed a shock defeat at the hands of newly-promoted Menya. The game was the latter’s first since their relegation sixteen years ago.
Goals – Menya took the lead at the El-Maks stadium through Mohsen Mohamed who finished off a great pass-and-move play. Minutes later, Mahmoud Ramadan scored his penalty to double Menya’s lead. In the dying minutes of the game, Ali Bahig scored a consolation with a header to make the scoreline 2-1.
ENPPI 1-1 Arab Contractors
ENPPI salvaged a draw against Arab Contractors, in the only Group A game on Wednesday, which also saw a sending off for Contractors player Mahmoud Ezzat.
Mohamed Salem opened the scoring for Arab Contractors with a great individual effort thirteen minutes into the game, before Saleh Gomaa equalised for the petroleum industry giants with a header. All square at the Petrosport Stadium.