Mohamed Aboutrika rescued Al-Ahly once again with the second-half equaliser in a 2-2 draw against bitter rivals Zamalek in an all-Egypt CAF African Champions League clash Sunday.
The midfielder, whose goal brought his country a record sixth African Nations Cup title last February, latched on to a Flavio Amado pass as Zamalek defenders stood still and steered the ball wide of goalkeeper Abdulwahed al-Sayed.
Angolan Amado had put the Cairo 'Red Devils' ahead after only eight minutes with a flashing header off a free kick from compatriot Felisberto 'Gilberto' Amaral on a sweltering night at Cairo Stadium. But the 'White Knights' hit back and scored either side of half-time with Gamal Hamza levelling and then setting up former Nottingham Forest star Junior Agogo for the second goal.
A draw sealed first place in Group A for Ahly with 11 points from five matches, while Dynamos of Zimbabwe, ASEC Mimosas of Côte d'Ivoire or Zamalek could join them in the semi-finals of the competition.
Dynamos (six points) host Zamalek (five) in Harare on 21 September at the same time as ASEC (five) face five-time champions and perennial title favourites Ahly in Cairo.