Zamalek drop first points of the season in 0-0 draw with Petrojet | VIDEO

Zamalek drop first points of the season in 0-0 draw with Petrojet | VIDEO

Zamalek kicked off their Egyptian Premier League campaign with a disappointing 0-0 draw with Petrojet on Tuesday, with a bold strategy by new coach Christian Gross appearing to backfire in Suez.

The Cairo giants’ formation that featured one central midfielder, four attacking midfielders and a lone striker did them no favours in a dull affair, with Petrojet gaining the upper hand in terms of possession and exploiting acres of spaces in their opponents’ territory.

Zamalek, who finished fourth in the league last season, were even lucky to earn a point after Petrojet wasted two clear-cut chances to claim a surprising opening win.

Match Facts:

Yellow cards: Sobhi 46, Mao 90+13 (Petrojet)/ Kahraba 46, Mohamed Abdel-Ghani 90+2 (Zamalek)

Starting line-ups:
Petrojet: Mohamed Aboul-Naga, Ahmed Sobhi, Ibrahim El-Qadi, Ahmed Abdel-Rasoul, Ahmed El-Sebaei, Ahmed El-Agouz, Himid Mao, Ahmed Mostafa (Patrick Wleh 64), Shimelis Bekele, Ahmed Abdel-Rahman (Mahmoud Salah 90+2), Ahmed Raouf

Zamalek: Mahmoud Gennesh, Hamdi Nagguez, Mahmoud Hamdi, Mohamed Abdel-Ghani, Ahmed Aboul-Fotouh, Mahmoud Abdel-Aziz, Abdallah Gomaa (Mostafa Fathi 46), Mahmoud Kahraba, Ayman Hefni (Mohamed Ibrahim 59), Youssef Ibrahim (Hamid Ahaddad 85), Kabongo Kasongo

Venue: Armed Forces stadium, Suez

Referee: Amin Omar

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