10-man Al Hilal hold Al Masry 1-1

10-man Al Hilal hold Al Masry 1-1
Al Masry player Islam Salem (R) in action against UD Songo player Luis melville parkim (L) during the 2018 CAF Confederations Cup game

by Graeme Jackson

Wednesday May 16, 2018. 23:16

Al Hilal’s stuttering start to Group A in the CAF Confederation Cup continued on Wednesday night when they were held 1-1 Omdurman by Al Masry.

The result sees the Egyptians placed second on four points behind Moroccan club RS Berkane, who top the log with six points after beating Mozambican side UD Songo earlier in the day.

Masry claimed the lead thanks to an early goal from Esalm Eisa, with the attacker netting in the 10th minute of the first half.

Hilal would have had belief in their ability to turn the game around, but they were dealt a major blow midway through the first stanza when Hassan El Taher received a red card.

The hosts battled on gamely with a numerical disadvantage, and were finally rewarded in the 83rd minute when Brazilian forward Geovane converted a penalty to secure a share of the spoils.

The teams will only return to Confederation Cup action in July, with Hilal at home to Songo and Al Masry set for a North African derby at RS Berkane.

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