When the curtain fell last Sunday on the Lebanese 40th football championship two facts were established: Nejmeh won its first title in 25 years and al Ahed found itself demoted to the second division.
Thousands of fans attended these decisive matches, but the happiest were Nejmeh supporters at Burj al Hamud stadium who watched their team break the 11-year hegemony of their nemesis, al Ansar, a Safir daily reports. Nejmeh game against 3rd place Ikhaa Ahley was less important, but the fresh champions succeeded to take the three points through an own goal scored 2 minutes from time. Al Ansar, who had to be separated from the title for the first time in more than a decade, won too little too late 2-1 against La Sagesse.
On the other part of the table things were quite different. Al Ahed, who had to win their last game to stay for another year, faced a painful home defeat 0-1 to rivals Homentmen. The goal came on the 35th minute.
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