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Pharaohs Abroad: Pre-season round-up

Ahmed Hegazy - Fiorentina vs Benfica

Ahmed Hegazy’s Fiorintina beat Benfica on penalties, Ahmed Elmohamady played out a goalless draw whilst El-Nenny and Morsy secured 3-2 wins for their respective sides.

In the second week of international competition and pre-season friendlies, four Egyptian’s featured abroad.

Round up of this week’s matches:

Mohamed El-Nenny, FC Basel: In the second match of the 2015/16 Swiss Super League season, FC Basel had to come from behind to maintain their 100% record in the league and beat Grasshoppers Zuirch 3-2. FC Basel took the lead in the 21st minute thanks to a goal from Albanian Shkëlzen Gashi. Arab-Israeli striker Moanes Dabour equalised for Grasshoppers in the 30th minute and just two minutes later they took the lead thanks to a goal from Brazilian Caio. Basel’s comeback began in the 38th minute when Janko pulled it back to 2-2 and then Michael Lang won the game for Basel in the 68th minute. Mohamed El-Nenny came on in the 87th minute and received a yellow card one minute later.

Ahmed Hegazy, Fiorentina: Fiorentina managed to scrape past Benfica on penalties after playing out a goalless draw after 90 minutes. Ahmed Hegazy came on in the 74th minute and received a yellow card within a minute of coming on. Benfica’s Luisao was sent off for two bookable offences in the 66th minute.

Fiorentina won the penalties 5-4 thanks to conversions from Pasqual, Badelj, Illicic, Rebic and Mario Suarez. Hegazy did not take a penalty.

Amro Tarek, Real Betis: Real Betis played two friendlies in the space of two days: against Athletic Bilbao on Thursday and Portuguese club Vitória de Setúbal on Saturday. Egyptian left-back Amro Tarek featured in the 1-1 draw against Athletic but was left out of the squad in their defeat to Vitória in Cartaya. Betis will meet German side Borussia Dortmund in a friendly on Saturday, 1 August.

Ahmed Elmohamady, Hull City: The recently-relegated Championship side also played out a 0-0 draw against Bundesliga side Hannover 96 at the Alois Latini Stadium. Elmohamady played the full 90 minutes but was unable to provide an assist for his team mates.

Sam Morsy, Chesterfield: Sam Morsy’s Chesterfield managed to come back from 2-0 down against Championship side Burnley to win 3-2. Morsy, who captained Chesterfield and played the full match in his usual central defensive position, was full of venom early on.

Burnley took the lead in the 13th minute thanks to a goal from former Elmohamady, Gedo and Fathi team mate at Hull City, George Boyd. Boyd doubled Burnley’s lead in the 21st minute when he beat the offside trap.

Darwika began the Spireites’ comeback in the 25th minute and at half time the scoreline was 1-2 to Burnley. Chesterfield came out of the second half brightly and equalised in the 67th minute thanks to a volley from Armand.

Chesterfield had to wait till the 89th minute to find the winner and it was again thanks to Armand who rolled the ball to Harrison who tapped it in.

Ahmad Yousef is a proud Egyptian football fanatic who started playing football at a young age and was scouted for Ipswich Town. A hardcore Tottenham Hotspur fan and Zamalek supporter by blood, Ahmad mainly follows European football involving Egyptian players and the Egyptian national team. Ahmad’s love for Egyptian players abroad is what initially spurred him into writing. He now writes regularly and is also an editor at

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