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  • Friday ,11 August 2017
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Egypts Kouka scores on opening day of season but Braga lose to Benfica

By-Ahram

Sports

00:08

Friday ,11 August 2017

Egypts Kouka scores on opening day of season but Braga lose to Benfica

Egyptian striker Ahmed Kouka was on target in the opening day of the Portuguese league but Sporting Braga slumped to a 3-1 loss to Benfica on Wednesday.

Benfica led 2-0 but Kouka reduced the arrears in superb fashion two minutes before the break.
 
He caught his marker napping to run onto a deft through pass and lift the ball over the keeper from a tight angle.
 
Kouka thought he had equalized in the second half when he converted a floated cross from the left but his goal was correctly ruled out for offside. Eduardo Salvio then scored to restore Benfica s two-goal advantage.
 
The 24-year-old scored four goals and provided five assists in all competitions for Braga last season but his season ended in April when he suffered a groin injury.
 
Kouka is likely to be part of Egypt s squad for the vital World Cup qualifier away to Uganda on 31 August.