Al Ahly dropped points for the fourth successive game in the Egyptian Premier League with a goalless draw against National Bank of Egypt on Wednesday night.
The Cairo Red Devils came into the game after having qualified for a third successive CAF Champions League where they will face Morocco’s Wydad Casablanca next weekend.
It appeared a fine start for the Egyptian giants well on the half-hour mark this is when Mahmoud Wahid obtained a brilliantly weighted pass from Afsha and finished with aplomb.
Although, on review by the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) the strike was disallowed due to a foul against Ahly during the subsequent build-up phase.
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The opening few minutes of the second half had little activity in the final third of the particular outfits, whilst no substitutions ahead of the restart came forth on either end as well.
It was National Bank that went and enjoyed a bright spell at the resumption and were fortunate not to take the lead through Karim Bambo and Mohamed Helal.
A platform to change the complexion of the game from Ahly followed albeit through the bench, where goalkeeper Ali Lotfi replaced Mohamed El Shenawy and Salah Mohsen filled in for Sherif.
There were hardly any guilt-edge opportunities in the last phase for the Cairo Red Devils, who had to settle for a point in the end.
The draw leaves the Red Devils in third position on the Premier League standings, seven points behind league leaders Zamalek with four games in hand.