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The 155th Cairo Derby ended in a drab 0-0 draw in Suez on Saturday night, as the 2015/16 Egyptian Premier League season came to a close.
Zamalek XI: El-Shennawy; Tolba, Koffi, Gabr, Gomaa; Tawfik, Hamed; Kahraba (Fathi 72′), Hefny (Yusuf 85′), Ibrahim; Morsi
Al Ahly XI: Adel; Fathi, Rabia, Hegazy, Rahil; Ghaly, Ashour, El-Sulaya; Momen (Sobhi 69′), Gamal (Antwi 81′), Soliman
The game stared slowly, with both teams trying to gain possession of the ball.
Walid Soliman got the first yellow card of the match after a rash tackle on Gomaa.
Ayman Hefny went on a mazy dribble soon afterwards, but Hegazy stepped in to clear the danger.
Hegazy almost gave his side the lead on the half-hour mark, but Gomaa was expertly positioned to make a crucial stop on the line with his head, before Gamal skied the rebound from point blank range.
The second half wasn’t much different from the first, with neither side managing to dominate proceedings.
Ghaly played a chipped the ball into the 18-yard box, but Gabr cleared.
In the 69th minute, Ramadan Sobhi came in for Momen Zakaria in what would probably be his last league match as an Ahly player.
Hossam Ghaly had a chance to score the opener after a wonderful assist by the Stoke City-bound Sobhi, but the midfielder opted to dribble instead of shooting and promptly lost the ball.
John Antwi entered the pitch for Gamal in the last 9 minutes of the match, as Jol looked to shake things up in front.
Substitute Mostafa Fathi had the best chance to score the opener in the 91st minutes, but his decision to cross instead of shoot backfired as Rabia cleared.
The draw is the 47th in 112 league encounters between the rivals, and the Red Devils finish the season seven points ahead of the Whites in the final league standings.