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Egypt U-20 defender Bilo debuts in Europa League
Egypt U-20 centre-back Nabil “Bilo” Abdelaziz debuted with FK Daugava Riga in the UEFA Euro League against Scottish side Aberdeen FC.
Bilo participated from the 52nd minute, with Latvian side FK Daugava Riga trailing 3-0 in Aberdeen, replacing ex-Liverpool youngster Vitor Flora at the Pittodrie Stadium.
FK Daugava Riga, who eventually suffered a 5-0 loss, began conceding in the 33rd minute thanks to Shaleum Logan’s diving header. Niall McGinn knocked in the second goal right after half-time; then Adam Rooney scored the third from the spot and Jonny Hayes added the fourth before Rooney netted his second of the game in the 90th minute.
FK Daugava Riga, 19 games into their domestic league campaign, posed no serious threat to the Dons’ goal but produced a catalogue of tough challenges, making the French referee show 9 yellow cards and 2 red cards to the Latvian side, as Zils and Kucys were sent off to see the visitors down to 9 men.
With Dutch side FC Groningen awaiting the winners, the capacity crowd of 15,184 played the 12th player role in their side’s win as they never stopped supporting their team over the 90 minutes, despite the result.
“Between the two teams were very significant differences in levels of almost all elements of the game, so the loss of 5:0 is logical, but regardless of the result, it was nice to play a match in the stadium where we have over 15,000 spectators,” read a statement on Daugava Riga’s official website.
Bilo made several successful interceptions and tackles, and his performance was praised by Aberdeen’s captain Russel Anderson, and by his own coach and team-mates.
“Although I was sad because of the result, my coach and team-mates cheered me up and made it a bit easier for me as I’m not used to losing matches, and I’m here to do nothing but win,” Bilo exclusively told KingFut.com.
It’s worth noting that Abdelaziz only joined Daugava Riga this week from Al Ahly, and the match against Aberdeen was the first match for the young Egyptian, who also holds the German nationality.
Bilo, who arrived in Latvia a week ago, trained with the team over the week before travelling with them to Scotland.
Daugava’s next match will be against Aberdeen on the 10th of July in Daugavas Stadions in Riga, where Bilo is expected to feature from the beginning of the match.