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Egyptian Premier League Roundup – Matchday One
Both Cairo giants Al Ahly and Zamalek did not feature in the first round of games due to their participation in the Egypt Super Cup on Sunday.
Petrojet 1-1 Wadi Degla
Mokhtar Mokhtar’s men gave away the lead in the game against Wadi Degla on Monday at the Suez Stadium. Mohamed El-Shaarawy put the Petroleum side ahead, before Mohamed El-Hossary’s penalty drew Ahmed Hamouda’s men level.
Haras El-Hodood 2-1 Assiouty Sport
In an intriguing game at the Max Stadium, 2010 Egypt Cup champions Haras El-Hodood overcame newly promoted side Assiyouty Sport. The Alexandrian side took an early lead through Mahmoud Mubarak’s audacious long-range effort, before eventually doubling their lead through Ahmed Hassan Mekky.
Assiouty got their first-ever Egyptian Premier League goal in injury time through Wael Aly, who made use of the scramble inside the box to score his side’s consolation goal.
Dakhleya 2-0 Arab Contractors
A depleted Arab Contractors side were defeated 2-0 by the Ministry of Interior outfit. Mohamed El-Fayoumy put Alaa Abdel-Aal’s men in the lead after latching onto an Ahmed Temsah pass and smashing his finish past Mahmoud Abouel-Souod. Emmanuel Abowi then doubled his side’s lead soon after with an equally outstanding goal.
El-Gouna 0-0 Ittihad of Alexandria
Ittihad failed to achieve all three points against the Red Sea outfit on Monday, with the game ending in stalemate. Both sides begin their Egyptian Premier League campaign with a draw and a clean sheet to their name.
Tala’a El-Gaish 5-0 Al-Nasr
The newly-promoted outfit faced a drubbing similar to that of Wadi Degla and El-Minya last season; Anwar Salama’s men were too good for their opponents. Ex-Zamalek man Arafa El-Sayed scored a brace before another ex-Zamalek player, Moataz Eno made it 3-0. Kwame Adjeman-Pamboe soon added one more before Al-Nasr defender Hamouda Samir put through his own net to make it 5-0.
Smouha 5-1 Damanhour
Another promoted side that received a drubbing in their first Premier League game was Damanhour, who were making their first Egyptian Premier League appearance since the 1991/1992 season.
Alaa Aly opened the scoring for the 2013/2014 runners-up before Salah Amin and Hani El-Egeizy both added a brace of their own, whilst Damahour’s only goal of the game came through Hamada Ghannam’s penalty.
Misr El-Maqassa 2-1 Al-Ragaa
2013/2014 surprise package Al-Ragga lost their opening game of the season to Ehab Galal’s Maqassa, courtesy of a brace from former Al Ahly man El-Sayed Hamdy, who gave the Fayoum-side a 2-0 lead before Amr El-Menoufi pulled one back for Mohamed Abdel-Samie’s men, who were unable to net the equaliser.
Al Masry 2-2 Ismaily
To wrap off a thrilling first week of Egyptian Premier League football was a thrilling Canal Derby at the Ismailia Stadium.
Kelechi Osunwa gave Ismaily a 2-0 lead before a penalty by Hamada Yehia and a Hosni Abd-Rado own goal made the score 2-2 to earn a point for Tarek Yehia’s men.