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The game saw Zamalek trio Mohamed Koffi, Khaled Kamar, and Ahmed Dewidar make their debuts for the Royals.
Les Corbeaux started off the game brightly when Sailf Coulibaly’s header was parried away by Mohamed Abou-Gabal.
The Whites began to up their game when Mostafa Fathy hit the bar, and Ahmed Ali was brought down in the box when trying to latch onto the rebound, urging referee Djamel Haimoudi to point to the spot.
Ahmed Ali stepped up but found his penalty saved by Robert Kidiaba.
The Congolese giants began to show more grit at the start of the second half, and Roberto Samatta saw his strike go inches over the bar.
Salif Coulibaly was once again at the centre of trouble when his header was saved by Abou-Gabal.
Zamalek could’ve made it 1-0 with 17 minutes remaining when new signing Khaled Kamar‘s headed effort was kept off the line in extraordinary fashion by Kidiaba.
The Royals had a penalty appeal turned down minutes later when Omar Gaber fell in the penalty area but referee Haimoudi waved for play to continue.
Zamalek should’ve won the game three minutes before the end of added time when Ahmed Ali’s header from point-blank range missed the target by inches.