Draw leaves Masry and Smouha trailing in race for 3rd place
A competitive 1-1 draw left both Smouha and Al-Masry further behind Zamalek, and diminishing their chances of reaching the CAF Confederations Cup.
Both teams came into this match fighting to keep pace with Zamalek, who held 3rd place in the league – and with it the only position for qualification to the CAF Confederations Cup. Al Masry began the fixture four points behind Zamalek in 4th place, with Smouha trailing by a further three points.
Al Masry made the stronger start, Ahmad Gomaa firing over the bar from long range. A breakthrough was almost made, but Gomaa was brought back for offside. It was then Amr Moussa’s turn to threaten, though his effort was well dealt with by goalkeeper Mohammed Abu Jabal. Moments later, Fred was the first name into the book for a strong challenge on Abdullah Gomaa.
The second half continued the competitive edge that the end of the first had finished on, with both Abdullah Gomaa and Islam Salah being booked. It was Smouha who made the breakthrough however, with Mr. Fred being the unlikely scorer as he fired away a shot from inside the penalty area.
Several substitutions followed from both teams as they endeavored to secure victory. Ahmad Homs and Ahmad Nabil Mangga were brought on for Smouha to replace Hossam Hassan and Islam Secret. Masry also made a double substitution as Abdullah Gomaa and Farid Shawqi left the field in favour of Abdullah Becca and Herman Kwao.
Masry were rewarded for their changes by a goal in the 89th minute by Abdullah Becca, as he fired in a well placed penalty to level the score. The match ended 1-1, leaving both teams in a difficult position relative to their efforts to reach the CAF Confederations Cup.
Masry’s next fixture is on 17th June at home to Petrojet. Smouha’s next game is also at home to Premier League winners Al-Ahly on 16th June.
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