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Matchday 3 Roundup: All the action from Group B of the Egyptian Premier League
Four games across four stadiums in the third round of Group B in the Egyptian Premier League, although it produced three stalemates, the scorelines do not reflect the football played.
Qanah, Masry and Beni Suef Telephones drew with Haras El-Hodood, Wadi Degla and Tala’a El-Gaish respectively. For the first time in 23 months, the Cairo International Stadium hosted a game between ‘the cousins’ Ismaily and Zamalek.
Qanah 0-0 Haras El-Hodood
Qanah played out a draw against Hodood at home, in a game which was fairly uneventful. Few chances troubled the both goalkeepers. It was pretty clear that both coaches were very wary in their approach. This draw means that Hodood get their first point of the season, after losing to Petrojet and Menya respectively. Qanah on the other hand get their second point after salvaging a draw against Tala’a El-Gaish.
Al Masry 0-0 Wadi Degla
It’s not surprising that the game has ended goalless. With Ahmed El-Shennawy in the Masry goal and the great Essam El-Hadary in the other, goals were not going to go in easily.
Ahmed El-Shennawy was fairly untroubled during the game, while Essam El-Hadary produced four game-changing saves. The veteran goalkeeper has shown us that he can still play at the top level.
With 24 minutes on the clock, Ehab El-Masry was through on goal only to be denied by Hadary who injured his chin in the process. Ten minutes into the second half and Hadary denied the Green Eagles again. Amr Moussa’s shot from distance was dealt with well. Eleven minutes later, Hadary rose to the occasion again. A one-two between Ahmed Daouda and Mohamed Mohsen Abou-Greisha resulted in the former being in a one-on-one position, but Daouda’s finish was saved by Hadary. Substitute Ateya El-Nashwi was the next to be denied by Hadary, Nashwi was in a one-on-one position but his left-footed finish was handled.
Beni Suef Telephones 0-0 Tala’a El-Gaish
Beni Suef managed to salvage a draw against El-Gaish, in a game where Gaish goalkeeper Mohamed Bassam and Telephones goalkeeper Ahmed Massoud rose to the occasion.
Ehab El Mahs could’ve scored a wonder goal when Massoud’s failed clearance fell to El-Mahs who took it on the half volley only for it to hit the bar. Beni Suef’s break however came in the 88th minute when Amr Samaka played a through ball to Ahmed Sami, but Sami’s shot went wide of the far post.
Zamalek 0-1 Ismaily
For the first time since the 1st of February 2012, a game was played in the Cairo International Stadium. Cairo Stadium is commonly known as ‘El-Stad’, which is basically ‘The Stadium’, and a what a game it proved out to be. El-Darawish beat Zamalek for the first time since the 08/09 season through a wonder goal from youngster Ibrahim Hassan.
Former Zamalek youngster Hassan scored an absolute beauty to win the game for Ismaily, a goal that will certainly go down in history. Halfway through the first half, Hassan unleashed a left-footed screamer from distance which beat Genesh in the Zamalek goal, the goalkeeper couldn’t do anything about it. Ismaily front-man John Antwi missed a penalty late on in the game when Omar Gaber cleared the ball off the line with his arm, the referee however did not send off Gaber.