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3 - 9 January 2002
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Up-endedThe first round of the Egyptian football cup began with several giant-killing performances by second division clubs, writes Abeer Anwar. The first leg of round 32 saw Simbalawein turn the tables on Ittihad 1-0, oil company squad Enppi down Goldi 1-0 and Madina El-Mounawara upset Spinning Mehalla 2-1.
Other first division clubs had more success with their lesser compatriots; they managed draws. Qanah drew 1-1 with Miyah El-Beheira, Arab Contractors tied with Nebarou and Ismaili, second in the league standings, drew 1-1 with Montakhab El-Suez.
Other results brought some normalcy to the proceedings. Defending champions Ahli met little resistance in thrashing Itisalat 4-0. Though missing seven regulars who are on the national team, league leaders Zamalek had an easy time dispatching Behteem 3-0 thanks to a hat trick by Abdel-Halim Ali. There were no upsets to report as Tersana edged Beni Suef 1-0 and Dina beat Asmant Assiout 2-1.
Losers of the first leg will have a chance at redemption and winners an opportunity to repeat when second leg cup matches are played next week.
The cup is being played during a break in the league as the national team prepares for the African Nations Cup which starts 19 January in Mali.
Ahli's Mohamed Farouk, left, goes airborne against Itisalat.
photo: Abdel-Hamid Eid
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