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VIDEO: 10-man Ismaily held by El-Menya
Ismaily moved one step closer to group leaders Petrojet after a 1-1 draw with El-Menya on Wednesday.
It was a must win game for both sides, El-Menya needed a win to avoid the relegation zone and El-Ismaily wanted to get all three points to climb closer to 1st placed side Petrojet.
El-Menya XI : Sameh Ali – Ahmed Castella – Khaled AbdElRazek – Mahmoud Ramadan – Mahmoud Kaoud – Hisham Shihata – Ahmed Reda – Ayman Hassanein – Islam Hassan – Ramy Rabei – Amr Osman.
El-Ismaily XI: Mahmoud Awad – Sameh AbdElFadil – Shawky El Saeed – AbdElHamid Samy – Karim Mosaad – Ibrahim Hassan – Hosny Abd-Rabo – Mohamed Homos – Mohamed Zika – Mahmoud Hamad – John Antoy
The two teams kicked off in relatively good spirit with El-Menya putting in an excellent performance. Not long after kick off, Ismaily won a foul almost 40 yards away from goal. Hosni Abd-Rabo who took the free-kick, curled the ball into the box where it was met by Zika’s head, however he didn’t take his chance well and the ball went well wide.
Six minutes into the game El-Menya’s Amr Osman broke through Ismaily’s defence and took a shot, although it was a great effort it was blocked by Sameh Abd-El-Fadil. Two minutes later Zika came close from scoring the first goal of the game after trying to chip Sameh Ali.
The 20 minute mark saw the first goal of the match; Amr Osman scored a stunning first time half volley from a tight angle which rattled into the far post, after a sensational through pass by Ahmed Reda.
Ten minutes before the half time break Ismaily managed to pull one back through Shawky El-Saeed but it was ruled offside by the referee.
The second-half started with Ismaily looking sharp and Menya were pulled deep into their own half content with playing on the counter.
Ismaily started threatening Menya in the 57th minute with John Antoi heading a cross from Karim Mosaad after it was cleared by Sameh Ali. In the scramble, Zika had a shot but it was cleared by Menya’s defenders off the goal line.
It was obvious that the Ghanaian wanted to score and he did so in the 67th minute as a he received a through pass inside the box, he beat the keeper and tapped the ball into the empty ten making himself, the group and Ismaily’s top scorer.
Again Mohamed Zika almost put himself on the score-sheet after positioning himself on the edge of the 6 yard box and converting Mohamed Homos’ cross to a wonderful first time shot that went wide over the post.
Ten minutes before the end of play Ismaily went down to ten men after Mahmoud Hamad received a straight red card for hitting Hashem Shehata
Ismaily weren’t going to rest for the one point and were pushing for another goal, unfortunately for them they couldn’t and El-Menya managed to hold on to the vital one point.