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Estonia: El-Hussieny scores, picks up injury as Levadia title chase continues
Great evening for football on Saturday the 20th of August at Kadriorg Park Stadium. The sun shone and the weather was acceptable for this period of the year (15’C) at the Tallinn venue home to FC Levadia.
Notwithstanding the great conditions, the home side have been going through a bit of a turmoil since their top scorer, Vladislav Ivanov (19 goals in 21 games), left the club unexpectedly.
According to the player’s words released to Estonian media Delfi, the issue concerned his salary as, apparently, Levadia offered the player to reduce his income. The club has neither released any official comment nor replied to Ivanov’s words.
Notwithstanding the umpteenth setback, FC Levadia were set to take on Paide Linnameeskond, mid-table act (28 points, 6/10), and clinch the vital three points. In fact, no mistake was allowed to the side coached by Marko Kristal since table-leader FC Flora got rid of bottom-of-the-table with a 5-2 away win earlier during the day (the other title fighter, Nõmme Kalju FC, equalized 1-1 with FC Infonet on Friday the 29th of August)
The start was brilliant from Levadia and had already Omar El-Hussieny in the scorecard as the Pharaoh offered a delicious assist to Ingemar Teever. The nr.11 and only pure striker on field, hit the post for Levadia’s very first great chance of the game.
It was the prelude to El-Hussieny’s opener on 13′ minutes. The No.5 dribbled the entire defence of Paide and let a shot from the edge of the box that went past the Paide’s shot stopper. A beautiful opener that could enter the contest launched every quarter by ‘Rumori di Spogliatoio’ for the best goal.
The game became soon a downhill for Levadia since Teever made 2-0 just six minutes later avoiding the offside trap of the visitors.
However, another setback was about to be baked five minutes later when El-Hussieny was stretched out of the pitch and replaced by Heiko Tamm. Omar’s brilliant game that far was brought prematurely to an end due to fouling.
First half ended comfortably on 3-1 lead for Levadia as Toni Tipuric (central defender) scored one and Paide pulled one back with attacking midfielder Dmitri Kovtunõvits.
The score was rounded up by Estonian international Dmitri Kruglov on 92′ minutes for a full-time 4-1 score in favour of the 2013 Champions.
The chase to FC Flora continues as Levadia are still one point far from the leaders.
However, it will continue without Omar El-Hussieny since the 28-year-old born in Giza has been detected with what seems very likely to be a partial tearing of the ankle ligaments.
‘Luckily the bones are not broken‘ told Omar to KingFut following a check-up in one of Tallinn’s hospitals ‘however the chance the ligaments are torn is quite likely.’ A further check-up in next days shall clarify the situation further however, the Egyptian player will be out at least for a month.
KingFut.com wishes Omar a quick recovery and return to competitive football!
The Estonian Premium Liiga will observe a break due to the international week and will resume on the 12th of September.
Estonian top-flight table available here.
— Omar N. Elhussieny (@Omar_elhussieny) August 30, 2014