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Ghazal sees red as Belenenses defeat CD Nacional 3-1
The Primeira Liga fixture between second-placed club Belenenses and CD Nacional featured Egyptians Mahmoud Ezzat, Salah Gomaa and Aly Ghazal in a counter-attack filled match which ended in a 3-1 loss for the visitors.
Following their midweek disappointment in the Europa League, Egyptian players Mahmoud Ezzat, Salah Gomaa and Aly Ghazal all retained their starting spots as CD Nacional visited Belenenses in the second round of the Primeira Liga.
Belenenses scored their opening goal after just 14 minutes of the whistle being blown, via a powerful shot by Brazilian striker Deyverson. Their second goal was comfortably scored by midfielder Rodrigo Dantas in the 34th minute.
Nacional’s coach, Manuel Machado, quickly substituted midfielder Sebastian Ayala and attacker Joao Camacho to combat Belenenses’ sudden offense.
Due to the frustration of already being 2-0 down, 22-year-old Egyptian Aly Ghazal was given a yellow card just two minutes before half-time. Things did not get any better for the midfielder as he was penalised again, receiving a red card in the start of the second half.
Nacional were then awarded a penalty-kick, due to a foul committed by Guinea-Bissaun attacker Abel Camará, which was powerfully converted by Marco Martias. Just minutes after the penalty however, Belenenses’ 24-year-old Angolan attacker, Fredy, scored to secure a 3-1 lead for his team.
There was not much to see from the number 10 Pharaoh, Salah Gomaa or 22-year-old defender Mahmoud Ezzat. In addition, Egyptian international, Ali Fathy did not feature in the game, neither was he seen on the bench.
The game witnessed a mass of yellow cards, with 6 being given in total and 1 red card, which is no surprise as there were 31 fouls in total. Belenenses had a total dominating possession of 54% and 8 shots on goal, compared to Nacional’s one. Luckily for Nacional, Brazilian goalkeeper, Eduardo Gottardi, was able to save a total of 10 shots.
Nacional’s young team, with an average age of only 23, now stand 13th place in the league table, just above Gil Vicente, who recently signed up Egyptians Marwan Mohsen and Hossam Hassan. Their next fixture will be against Arouca on the 31st of August.