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Egyptian Premier League Roundup – Matchday 5
After a week of no action, the Premier League has finally returned with Matchday 5 following the constitutional referendum which took place on Tuesday and Wednesday. Arab Contractors gave Ghazl El-Mahalla a drubbing, Dakhleya and Entag El-Harby shared the spoils, ENPPI limped past El-Gouna, while Ragaa succumbed to Al Ahly in Matchday 5 of the Egyptian Premier League.
Results and Scores
Arab Contractors 4-0 Ghazl El-Mahalla
In the only Group B game, Farouk Gaafar’s men fell against the high flying Mountain Wolves at the Osman Ahmed Osman Stadium. The Contractors’ youngsters are proving to be one of the season’s revelations. With Ghazl El-Mahalla’s 42-year-old goalkeeping coach Nasser Farouk between the sticks in place of their injured No 1, the Mountain Wolves feasted on goals. Mohamed Farouk Salama opened the scoring with only 12 minutes on the clock when he found himself some space and finished past El-Mahdi Soliman to make it 1-0. Mohamed Salem then made it 2-0 five minutes later when he went through on goal and made no mistake from six yards. Mohamed Rizk then scored a goal of his own when his right footed drive from the edge of the penalty box gave Soliman no chance. Finally, Mohamed Farouk Salama scored his second of the game from the penalty spot.
Dakhleya 2-2 Entag El-Harby
Ismail Youssef’s men must be kicking themselves. Inexperience has cost them again today, just like when it cost them against Denis Lavagne’s Ittihad of Alexandria. Dakhleya on the other hand, have salvaged a draw. Bassem Morsy scored a beautiful goal to give Entag the lead. Morsy, who was standing with his back to the goal laid it off for himself and scored to make it 1-0. Kwabena Yaro then doubled Entag’s lead, making the most of Dakhleya’s central defensive woes, and finishing past Ahmed Fawzy with a header. It wasn’t until the 83rd minute that Dakhleya responded when Ahmed Farag’s strike from the edge of the box beat Essam Mahmoud to make it 2-1. The Ministry of Interior side then got the equalizer deep into stoppage time. Sano Youssef made the most of a mix-up in the Dakhleya defence before he rounded Essam Mahmoud and slotted it home, much to the ecstasy of Dakhleya coach Alaa Abdelaal.
ENPPI 1-0 El-Gouna
Mohamed Helmy’s men bounced back from that Ahly defeat by beating El Gouna at Petrosport. In-form Ahmed Refaat, who has an offer from FC Porto according to ENPPI’s president, made a great run on the left-hand side before pulling it back for Salah Ashour who finished really well past Amer Mohamed Amer. This goal proved to be the winning goal of the game, as Rainer Zobel’s men failed to equalize.
Al Ragaa 0-3 Al Ahly
The Red Devils remain the pace setters in Group B after winning against Matrouh side Al Ragaa by three goals to nil, taking their overall tally to 12 points from four games. Ahmed Fathi scored the first goal with a left-footed strike which beat Ahmed Khattab in the Ragaa goal. Amr Gamal then doubled Al Ahly’s lead in the second half when he finished into an empty net after Khattab’s save fell to the young striker. Finally, El-Sayed Hamdy made it 3-0 with a wonderful finish after shrugging off his marker. The Egyptian international then celebrated by crying, after he received the sad news of his son’s kidnapping at the hands of unknown men.