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Pharaohs abroad: Pre-season round-up

Posted on July 22, 2015
Photo: PSG official website

Photo: PSG official website

flounders for Fiorintina in loss to Paris Saint-Germain, and El-Nenny and Elmohamady secure wins in international play.

In the early weeks of international competition and pre-season friendlies, four Egyptian players prepared for the upcoming 2015-2016 season with their respective clubs this week.

had an assist in Hull City’s win over Chesterfield, and Ahmed Hegazy had an early exit in Fiorentina’s loss to Paris Saint-Germain. Meanwhile, Mohammed El-Nenny and made appearances this week.

Round up of this week’s matches:

Mohammed El-Nenny, FC Basel: In the first match of the 2015/16 Swiss Super League season, FC Basel cruised to a 2-0 victory over rival Liechtenstein club FC Vaduz, notching their first win.  Matías Delgado opened the scoring with a penalty shot early in the first half. Yoichiro Kakitani sealed the win for Basel with an 80th minute goal.

El-Nenny played a full 90 minutes and won a few important challenges against Vaduz. He was carded in the 74th minute.

Basel has a perfect record against Vaduz, winning  9 straight games in Swiss league showdowns since 2008.

Ahmed Elmohamady, Sam Morsy: Hull City came from behind to defeat Chesterfield  3-1, securing their second match of pre-season friendlies. Harry Meguire cancelled out Ian Evatt’s opening first half goal, and Andrew Robertson and Calaum Jahraldo-Martin scored in the second half to notch the win.

Ahmed Elmohamady nearly supplied Meguire with an early goal in the 15th minute that cleared the crossbar off a cross. Elmohamady got his missed assist in the second half when he skipped around the goalkeeper and sent a back pass to Jahraldo-Martin in front of an open net. He was substituted late in the second half.

Earlier this summer, the Tigers said they would not move  the 27-year-old despite other clubs’ interest.

Sam Morsy got the start for the Spireites and had a few close chances to capture a goal during the match. The budding midfielder and Chesterfield captain was substituted in the 78th minute.

Ahmed Hegazy, Fiorentina: Paris Saint-Germain knocked off Viola in a 4-2 victory in the second round of the International Champions Cup in North America. In a full Red Bull Arena in New York, PSG lead 2-0 going into the second half and never looked back. Joaquín Sánchez Rodríguez lead an attempted comeback for Fiorentina with a 60th minute goal, but PSG countered with two more goals shortly after.

Ahmed Hegazy - Fiorentina vs PSG - Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Photo: PSG official website

Ahmed Hegazy  got off to a poor start after receiving praise from commentators who referred to the 24-year-old as the “Nesta of the Pyramids,” his nickname by Italian fans. Hegazy was partially faulted with yielding PSG’s first goal. Five minutes later, a failed interception by Hegazy sent Jean-Kévin Augustin in behind him to score the second goal.

Hegazy was charged with marking Zlatan Ibrahimovic and had a chance off a header following Augestin’s goal. He was substituted in the 58th minute.

Fiorentina are winless in the friendly competition and slated to play SL Benfica Friday.


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