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Masry play out exciting 2-2 draw with Simba on waterlogged pitch

Ahram Online , Wednesday 7 Mar 2018
Masry player Eslam Issa controls the ball during his side's 2-2 draw with Simba on Wednesday (Photo: Ahram)
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Masry got a first leg advantage in the Confederation Cup round of 32 after claiming a 2-2 draw with Tanzanian side Simba away on a waterlogged pitch on Wednesday.

The game was interrupted in the 81st minute by heavy rains before the referee decided to complete the game after around 30 minutes.

Striker John Bocco converted a penalty to open the scoring for the hosts in the 10th minute, but Masry front man Ahmed Gomaa responded quickly, scoring the equaliser two minutes later.

Ahmed Shoukry put Masry ahead when he scored the second goal for his side, but Emmanuel Okwi levelled the score with 15 minutes remaining.

Masry opened the game in style and were dominant in terms of possession before team's experienced defender Mohamed Koffi touched the ball with his hand inside the area, gifting the hosts a penalty converted by Simba's skipper John Bocco.

Masry's talented striker levelled the score two minutes later with a nice volley after meeting a pinpoint cross from winger Mohamed Shatta.

The Egyptian representatives were awarded a controversial penalty in the 26th minutes converted by Ahmed Shoukry.

After their second goal, Masry controlled the game, preventing the hosts from posing a real threat.

The only threat came on the 70th minute when Emmanuel Okwi sent a powerful shot from the left flank, but his effort was denied by the bar.

Okwi converted another controversial penalty five minute later to level the score.

In the 81st minute the game was interrupted by heavy rains, and after the match returned, Masry's strikers Ahmed Shoukri and Aristide Bance squandered two golden goal scoring opportunities to share honour with the hosts.

The second leg will take place in Port Said in 10 days.

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