Ismaily lose further ground in title race after Masry draw
Hatem Maher, Saturday 28 Jan 2012
Ismaily are virtually out of the Egyptian Premier League title race following a 0-0 draw at home to rivals Masry

Ismaily have virtually lost hopes of competing for the Egyptian Premier League title after being held to a goalless draw at home to Masry in the Suez Canal derby on Saturday.

The match was stopped for around 10 minutes in the early stages after around 1,000 die-hard Ismaily fans stormed the Ismailia Stadium despite a crowd ban in a sign of protest at the Egyptian Football Association (EFA).

Ismaily, who won the last of their three league titles in 2002, had the upper hand in the first half, squandering several clear-cut opportunities.

Striker Ahmed Ali rattled the woodwork with a powerful drive before defender Moatasem Salem headed against the bar from a corner.

The second half was a dull affair as both sides barely created genuine goal-scoring opportunities.

Ismaily are fifth in the 19-team league table with 25 points, nine behind surprise leaders Harras El-Hodoud who have a game in hand.

Masry, who gave coach Hossam Hassan a winning debut after beating ENPPI earlier this month, are seventh on 23 points.

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