Yaacoubo and Mohammad Haidar celebrate Ahed’s opening goal.
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Defending champions Ahed battled back to earn a 2-2 draw with Nejmeh as the new Lebanese Premier League season kicked off in City Sportive Friday. Issa Yaacoubo had Ahed ahead inside three minutes before goals from Hasan Maatouk and Maher Sabra gave Nejmeh a halftime lead.With many expecting a two-horse race for the title between Ahed and Nejmeh, 15,000 fans poured into the stadium for the Beirut derby.Ahed's sloppy play in midfield afforded Nejmeh numerous opportunities in transition, with Ablelrazaq al-Hussain spurning a glorious chance after 35 minutes.Former Cedars manager Theo Bucker marks his return to Lebanese football when his new club Tripoli host 13-time champions Ansar Sunday.
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