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Pharaohs Abroad Roundup: Hafez’s Lens stay atop Ligue 2
KingFut rounds up the Pharaohs Abroad action this week, to keep you up to date with Egyptian players overseas.
Karim Hafez – Lens (France)
March 18 – Ligue 2 – Karim Hafez played from the start for RC Lens as the French outfit battle with Stade Reims in an important match for two teams seeking promotion. There were no goals in the first half but a cross from Habib Habibou was turned into an own goal early in the 2nd half. In the 69th minute Lens doubled their lead through attacking midfielder Abdellah Zoubir. The win sees Lens move to the top of the table and prime position for promotion into Ligue 1.
Ahmed Hassan ‘Koka’ – SC Braga (Portugal)
March 18 – Primeira Liga – Braga won 2-1 away at midtable Belenenses, with a fast early start doing the damage. In the first minute, Florent Hanin scored an own goal and just 20 minutes later it was 2-0, with Rui Fonte, brother of West Ham’s Jose, firing into the bottom corner. Belenenses replied with a goal quickly, but it proved to only be a consolation as they lost 2-1 and went down to 10 men in the process. Koka was not named in the match day squad, but he will be happy to see his side consolidate their position in 4th with the win, which is likely to be where they will finish.
Ahmed Elmohamady – Hull City (England)
March 18 – English Premier League – Hull suffered a heavy 4-0 defeat to surging Everton, who are yet to lose a league game at home in the calendar year. Everton opened up the scoring in the 9th minute through Dominic Calvert-Lewin, but the scoreline was perhaps a bit harsh as there were no more goals until the 78th minute. Nevertheless, despite being about even in the possession battle, Hull failed to register a shot on target all match. Ahmed Elmohamady made a late substitute appearance in the 86th minute, but by then the score was 2-0 and Romelu Lukaku would add two more goals in added time.
Sam Morsy – Wigan Athletic (England)
March 18 – EFL Championship – Wigan Athletic fell 2-0 at home to Aston Villa in the 38th round of the Championship. Egyptian Sam Morsy played 82 minutes of the game, but was unable to inspire his team to generate any real threat before being replaced by Alex Gilbey. Aston Villa first scored through James Chester after 73 minutes. The Villains then doubled their lead at 84 minutes with a goal from Scott Hogan. After what was their 20th defeat of the season, the Latics remain in 23rd position with 34 points, slipping further away from safety. They next face a tough fixture away to promotion hopefuls Newcastle United on Saturday 1st April.
Amr Warda – PAOK (Greece)
March 19 – Superleague Greece – Amr Warda was left out of the matchday squad as PAOK sealed a last-gasp 1-0 win over Panionios in an ill-tempered match that saw two red cards and numerous yellows. The win allowed PAOK to maintain their one-point advantage over fourth-placed Panathinaikos, while inching closer to Olympiakos and Panionios above them in the standings.