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Pharaohs in Portugal – week 10 roundup
Marwan Mohsen and Aly Ghazal both started for Gil Vicente and Nacional respectively in round 10 of the Primeira Liga, with Marítimo’s Mohamed Ibrahim coming off the bench against Vitória de Setúbal on Sunday.
In Saturday’s only Primeira Liga game, ten-man Gil Vicente couldn’t hold on for a draw against Braga as late strikes from Felipe Pardo (82’) and Pedro Santos (85’), condemned the struggler’s to their seventh defeat of the season.
Marwan Mohsen started for Gil Vicente, before being substituted just after the hour mark for young winger Caetano. Replays of Marwan’s substitution appeared to show him pulling his shirt off in frustration.
Gil Vicente are cemented to the bottom of the table, with just three points obtained in their opening ten games of the campaign. Next up for them is a Taça de Portugal game against third-division side, Varzim, after the international break, while their next league fixture is against CD Nacional a week later.
Nacional hosted Benfica on Sunday afternoon at the Estádio da Madeira, with Aly Ghazal playing the full 90 minutes, where the reigning Portuguese champions came from a goal down to win 1-2.
In a frantic opening twenty minutes, Nacional took the lead after just one minute through Edgar Abreu, but Benfica battled their way back into the game with goals from Eduardo Salvio (7’) and Jonas (19’), and that’s how it ended.
Nacional had a goal wrongly disallowed for offside, in the 70th minute, which is proving controversial amongst Portuguese football fans. Replays showed that Marco Matias was at least three yards onside when the ball was played.
It was a solid performance by Egypt’s Ali Ghazal & Nacional, despite the defeat. Based on the team’s second half display in particular, a draw was probably a fair result. Next up for Nacional, who are still hovering above the relegation zone after this defeat, is a home game against Ribeirão in the Taça de Portugal.
Mohamed Ibrahim played the last 12 minutes as Marítimo’s recent poor form – lost four in a row – continued with a 1-0 loss away at Vitória de Setúbal on Sunday afternoon, Giovani scoring the only goal of the game after half an hour for the hosts. They remain comfortably in midtable, but their recent form, despite playing some tough opponents, is worrying.
Next up for Marítimo is a home game against Boavista.