Egyptian Premier League Round-Up | First matchday

Egyptian Premier League Round-Up | First matchday

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Defending champions Ahly wasted a flurry of goal-scoring chances but still got the job done in their opening Egyptian Premier League game after beating Maqassa 3-1 in Cairo on Sunday.
Tunisian left-back Ali Maaloul converted an early penalty to put Ahly in front but Marwan Hamdi brought Maqassa level four minutes before the break via a fortuitous goal.

Al Ahly spurned a handful of easy chances in a second half they totally dominated as Maqassa’s porous backline left them exposed to wave after wave of attacks.

Winger Mahmoud Kahraba missed a sitter on two occasions but made amends to restore Ahly’s advantage on 65 minutes before midfielder Amr El-Sulaya ensured the win with a late volley.

Ahly, who are eyeing a sixth consecutive league triumph, moved level on three points with Zamalek, Aswan, Ittihad of Alexandria and Ceramica Cleopatra, who all grabbed opening wins.

Zamalek After failing to win any local trophy in the past season, and being routed by Ahly in the African Champions League final, Zamalek coach Jaime Pacheco praised the performance of his team’s players in opening their Egyptian Premier League campaign with a 2-0 win over Arab Contractors on Saturday.

The Cairo giants defeated the Arab Contractors in convincing fashion, with an own goal and a late strike from Mostafa Mohamed.

Friday 11 December

Enppi 0-1 Aswan
Goal by: Haitham Mostafa 56

Talae El-Gaish 1-1 Gouna
Goals by: Ahmed Samir 69/ Walter Bwalya 1

Cleopatra FC defeated El Entag El Harby 2-0 with goals by Sherif Dabo and Mahmoud Nabil, in the match that brought them together on Friday at Al-Salam Stadium in the first round of the Egyptian Premier League competition.

El-Entag El-Harby 0-2 Ceramica Cleopatra
Goals by: Sherif Dabo 42, Mahmoud Nabil 58

Saturday 12 December

National Bank of Egypt FC 1-1 Wadi Degla
Goals by: Asem Salah 90 / Salah Amin 34

Etihad of Alexandria defeated Pyramids after scoring a late goal in the 97th minute, putting doubts into the capabilities of the team and their latest signings.

Pyramids FC 1-2 Ittihad of Alexandria
Goals by: Abdallah El-Said 38/ Ammar Hamdi 44, Khaled El-Ghandour 90+6

Arab Contractors 0-2 Zamalek
Goals by: Khaled El-Hosseini 27 O.G, Mostafa Mohamed 90+3

Sunday 13 December

Masry 0-0 Ismaily

Al Ahly 3-1 Maqassa
Goals by: Ali Maaloul 5 (pen), Mahmoud Abdel-Moneam 66, Amr El-Sulaya 87 / Marwan Hamdi 41

Monday 14 December

Smouha 1-1 Ghazl El-Mahalla
Goals by: Abdel Kebir El-Wadi 60 / Eslam Fouad 82

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