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Egyptian Premier League Roundup – Matchday Eight
Another week of the Egyptian Premier League concludes with aplomb. Surprising results, plenty of drama and nail-biting action in Matchday Eight of Africa’s finest league.
Wadi Degla 1-0 Beni Suef Telephones
Degla continued their fine form by beating struggling Beni Suef Telephones through Lierse loanee Ahmed Yasser’s lone goal nine minutes into the first half. Hesham Zakareya’s men sit in 4th while Beni Suef are sitting in 9th which is the relegation play-off place.
Tala’a El-Gaish 1-1 Ismaily
Gaish and draws has been a thrilling story this season. Emad Soliman’s men have lost only two games, and drew five. Salah Amin put Gaish ahead twenty minutes into the game, but Egypt U-20 international Mahmoud Hamad managed to salvage a point for the Dervishes by equalising in the 64th minute.
Qanah 0-4 Zamalek
Zamalek ran riot in Ismailia by beating Qanah 4-0! Ahmed Ali put Zamalek ahead in the 27th minute before he doubled his own tally and his side’s lead with a goal early in the second half, in what was a gift from Qanah defender Mahmoud Samna. Dominique da Silva – Mido’s first signing after joining from Al Ahly on a free transfer last week – scored Zamalek’s third, before Omar Gaber made it 4-0 three minutes from time.
Petrojet 1-0 Ittihad El-Shorta
Petrojet continued their fantastic start to the season as they limped past Khaled El-Qamash’s Ittihad El Shorta. Egypt international defender Ahmed Deweidar scored the only goal of the game with only six minutes on the clock. Shorta had plenty of time to score, but the petroleum side prevailed in the end and remain top of Group B with a staggering 17 points.
Ittihad of Alexandria 1-1 Smouha
An Alexandria derby finished all square as Ittihad halted Smouha’s surge to the top. Ahmed Hamoudi put the visitors ahead early in the second half, before Ittihad popped up with a last-gasp goal through former Belgian youth international Jeanvion Yulu-Matondo, much to the dismay of Smouha.
Misr El-Maqassa 0-0 Arab Contractors
Maqassa have always done the impossible and on Thursday it was no different when they halted high-flying Contractors, playing out a goalless draw. Contractors remain undefeated in this season’s Egyptian Premier League edition, while Tarek Yehia wouldn’t be too disappointed with the point.
Al Ahly barely ended their two game losing streak thanks to a penalty scored by Abdallah Said in the 66th minute. In a match where there were three sending-offs, starting with a harsh straight red card given to Ahly’s Wael Gomaa before Mahalla striker Mando and eventually Mahmoud Bazeid received their marching orders, the African champions struggled to impress. Ramadan Sobhy, who was born in 1997, made his professional debut for Al Ahly but was replaced before the 30 minute mark as Mohamed Youssef reshuffled the defense following Gomaa’s sending off.