The result leaves both sides with a point each in Group A, with hosts Al Hidd the next opponents for both, starting with Al Wahda on Monday followed by Al Ahed three days later.
The first chance of the game fell to Al Wahda, with Oday Al Jafal delivering a corner close to the near post and Mahmood Al Baher was on hand to try and flick it in, but the ball hit the outside of the post and went out of play.
In another extraordinarily unlucky miss for the Damascus-based side, Al Ahed keeper Mehdi Khalil fumbled a clearance that fell straight to Al Baher at the edge of the box, and with only the custodian to beat, he took his shot and Khalil did get a slight touch on it that slowed the ball down, with defender Khalil Khamis rushed back and hacked the ball off the line.
Another chance fell to Al Wahda shortly after the half-hour mark, when Al Jafal looped a free-kick into the area and Khaled Al Mbayd rose to head it but he was marginally wide. Ten minutes later, Al Baher was once more at the centre of the action when he dispossessed the last defender and fired at the keeper from range, but Khalil was alert and punched it away.
Shortly after the second half began, Al Ahed missed a golden chance to open the scoring when winger Amro Jeniat delivered a pinpoint cross from the right wing that was met by a rising Mohamed Al Wakid, whose header scraped the bar on its way out.
Throughout the second half chances fell both ways through Mohamad Haidar, Ezzedin Al Awad and Jeniat for the 2019 champions, and Al Mbayd for Al Wahda beside teammate Al Baher who squandered a number of chances – none which provided real threats as both keepers stood their ground.
Al Wahda had a sight of goal towards the end of the game when Mohamad Al Hallak gathered a loose ball outside the Beirut-based side’s area and took a shot under pressure, but Khalil saved comfortably.