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Omar El-Hussieny’s Levadia draw first Champions League qualifier

Omar in action against FC Santos Tartu in the Estonian Cup final (Gertrud Alatare Photography)

Omar in action against FC Santos Tartu in the Estonian Cup final (Gertrud Alatare Photography)

In the first leg of the UEFA Champions League first round, Omar El-Hussieny’s FC Levadia Tallinn held semi-professional Northern Irish club Crusaders FC to a goalless draw in Belfast.

Attempting to qualify for their first ever UEFA Champions League group stages, the Estonians escaped Belfast with a goalless draw against the Northern Ireland Football League Premiership champions, despite being on the back foot for much of the game.

In an eventful first half, Crusaders dominated the early proceedings, earning several corner kicks within the first ten minutes. Levadia’s first real chance came when El-Hussieny’s fantastic long-range effort was blocked by the Crusaders goalkeeper after 15 minutes. The first half commenced with Crusaders on the front foot, but Levadia held strong to go into the locker rooms deadlocked at zero.

The second half continued in the same trend as the first, but neither side was able to convert their goalscoring chances, as the Crues will be certainly lamenting their wastefulness and inability to secure a home victory.

The 2013 and 2014 Meistriliiga winners will head to Tallinn to play host to Crusaders FC on July 7th for the second leg of the UEFA Champions League first round qualifiers. If Levadia win the tie, they will then play Albanian club KS Skenderbeu in the second round.

It should be noted that Omar El-Hussieny recently extended his contract with the Estonian club until the end of the 2015 season. Levadia are currently in first place in the Meistriliiga as they look to secure their third straight title.

Mohaned Ghanem, is a graduate of the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill. Avid supporter of all things Egypt, especially Al Ahly. Gooner.

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