Egypt squeeze past Mali in pre Africa Cup of Nations friendly

Mali 0 – Egypt 1 (International Friendly, January 4, 2010) Mohamed Nagi Gedo’s speculative effort midway through the second half gave the Pharaohs a boost ahead of the Africa Cup of Nations which starts on Friday. Ex-Spurs midfielder Hossam Ghaly was sent off late on for Egypt.


Hapoel Tel Aviv 4 – Beitar Jerusalem 3 (Ligat Ha’Al, January 4, 2010) For the second successive league game against a Tel Aviv team, Beitar lost 4-3 as Hapoel moved closer to leaders Maccabi Haifa. Maharan Lala put the hosts ahead and Hapoel looked well in control when Dedi Ben Dayan doubled the lead from the penalty spot after Tomer Ben Yosef had been sent off. Barak Yitzhaki pulled a goal back only for Eran Zehavi and Itai Shechter to all but seal the match for Hapoel. Late goals from Avi Rikan and Aviram Bruchian with 15 minutes to go ensured a grandstand finish.

Hapoel Ramat Gan 0 – Maccabi Petah Tikva 3 (Ligat Ha’Al, January 3, 2010) Omer Damari was the star of the show for Petah Tikva, scoring a brace an teeing up Yaakov Ganon for the third.


Omonia Nicosia 3 – Doxa Katokopia 0 (Cypriot 1. Division, January 4, 2010)