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Sunday,22 October, 2017
Issue 1126, 13 - 19 December 2012

Ahram Weekly

Soccer on the side: One brace and a twist of the knee

Basel’s Egyptian maestro Mohamed Salah guided his team to a 3-2 win over Locarno in the Swiss cup while fellow countryman Hegazi suffered a cruel injury in the Italian league,
Marawan Zayed reports

Al-Ahram Weekly

Mohamed Salah scored the first goal of the game between his team Basel and Locarno in the Swiss cup in the 44th minute when he received a through ball inside the box and finished well as he dipped it over the rushing goalkeeper. Locarno then managed to score two goals but once again the young Egyptian star was there to rescue his team as he scored the equaliser in the 75th minute as he skipped past two defenders and slotted home with a powerful shot to take the game to extra time. Three minutes from time Basel snatched the winner to reach the quarter finals. Salah will definitely be pleased with his man of the match performance in this game.
In England, Al-Mohamadi’s Hull City managed to beat Watford City 2-1 away from home to keep their promotion hopes alive. Ahmed Al-Mohamadi had an excellent game at both ends as he had a near perfect game defensively and was energetic as ever in the attacking third. His most notable contribution in this game came in the 85th minute as he cleared a ball off the line to make sure the goal conceded by his team five minutes later was no more than a consolation. Hull City stays in fourth after their second consecutive win.
Finally and after more than a month on the sidelines, Adam Al-Abd returned to the starting line-up for Brighton as they drew 2-2 with Charlton Athletic away from home. Al-Abd played a very good game and limited the threat posed by the opponents’ strikers and couldn’t be faulted for any of the two goals. The draw takes Brighton to eighth place.
Still in England, Mido’s Barnsley continued their dismal results and performances as they drew 1-1 against Leicester City away from home. Leicester City is a very well organised team at home and drawing there cannot really be considered a bad result, but bearing in mind Barnsley’s leage standing and recent results, there was no other option other than winning, which didn’t happen. Mido was absent yet again due to injury. The draw takes Barnsley to the drop zone in 22nd place.
In Belgium, Hani Ramzi and his players suffered yet another disastrous result as they lost to Genk 4-1 away from home. Ahmed Said Okka played the full 90 minutes while Mohamed Al-Gabbas started the game and was substituted in the 65th minute after failing to pose any threat on the opponents’ goal. Okka had an average game. While he did not commit any direct mistakes he wasn’t at his best either. The loss takes them to 15th in the league table.
In Italy, there was terrible news for our young rising star Ahmed Hegazi as he suffered a horrific knee injury just four days after scoring in the cup. The injury came in training when Hegazi twisted his knee in a way that resulted in torn cruciate ligaments that will rule him out for up to six months.
One can feel for Hegazi who during the week before the injury made his Serie A debut and scored his first goal for the club in the Italian cup. Coach Montella offered some encouraging words to the Egyptian star and said he’ll give him all what he needs to get back stronger, mentally and physically.
In Turkey, Amr Zaki’s Elazigspor managed to surprise everyone including themselves to win for the second time in a row against Mersin Idmanyurdu by a single goal. Zaki was selected for the match squad for technical reasons. The win takes Elazigspor to 16th place.
Off to the UAE, Egyptian superstar Shikabala and his team Al-Wasl drew 2-2 away from home against Dubai. Shika had a very good game as he was once again the creative force for his team and used his box of tricks time and time again to make things happen. Although he was not involved directly in any of the two goals, he was one of the stars of the game. Al-Wasl managed to come from two goals down to snatch a valuable point that took them to eighth place. Mohamed Zidan and Banni Yas will face Al-Jazira later this week
African and Arab: Former Manchester United Angolan star Manucho scored two goals for Valladolid as they lost 3-2 to Spanish giants Real Madrid.
Still in Spain, Obafemi Martins continued his fine form with Levante as he scored the opening goal in a 4-0 win over Mallorca.
In England, Yaya Toure scored the first goal for Manchester City as they lost 3-2 at home to Man United.
Norwich’s Cameroonian star Sebastian Bassong scored a goal for his team as they defeated Swansea City 4-3 away from home.
In France, former Nigerian Ismaili player star John Utaka scored for Montpellier as they beat Ajaccio 3-0 at home. In the same game, Moroccan star Younes Belhanda scored the third goal.
In Italy, Morrocan star Monir Al-Hamdaoui scored for Fiorentina as they lost to Roma 4-2.

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