Al Masry jump to second place after beating undefeated Arab Contractors
Arab Contractors suffered their first defeat of the season against Al Masry on Saturday in the ninth round of the Egyptian Premier League in Borg El Arab stadium.
After going undefeated for eight rounds this season, Contractors suffered their first defeat in a nightmare of a match as Al Masry won 1-0 through midfielder Ahmed Shoukry.
The first half was full of action but with no real threat on either goal as both teams were attacking but lacked the final touch.
In the second half both teams increased their attacking efforts to win the game as the three points were vital for both teams.
In the 66th minute Contractors goalkeeper, Ahmed Al Araby, made contact with Masry’s Ahmed Shoukry as he was trying to clear a cross inside the box with his fists but the referee called it a penalty on the goalkeeper.
Shoukry slotted the ball on Araby’s left side to score the night’s only goal but the action didn’t end here.
As things heated up, Contractors’ manager, Mohamed Ouda, wasn’t satisfied with the referee’s performance and in the 85th minute Ouda was sent off for misconduct against the main referee as well as the fourth official.
As the game resumed after the incident, Zamalek loanee and Egypt international Ibrahim Salah received a second yellow card and was sent off.
Al Masry were playing without their main striker and top scorer, Aristide Bancé, who had escaped the country over an unpaid salaries dispute in October, before his return earlier in November.
Al Masry are now second with 19 points behind league leaders, Ismaily who have 20 points while Arab Contractors stay in fourth place with 15 points.
The Port-Said based club is set to face Assyouti Sport in the next game week before facing Al Ahly the week after on the 28th of November.
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