Egyptian giants Al Ahly have dropped their first point at home in this year's CAF Champions League, with a 2-2 draw against ASEC Mimosas of Côte d'Ivoire.
The clash of two big names in African club football was rendered academic by a 1-0 victory for Dynamos of Zimbabwe over Zamalek of Egypt earlier in the day that secured the runners-up slot for the Harare club.
Ahly finished with 12 points from six matches, while 1998 runners-up Dynamos secured nine, ASEC six and Zamalek only five after entering Group A as favourites to accompany their Cairo rivals into the penultimate phase.
The Cairo 'Red Devils' will face Enyimba of Nigeria in the semi-finals, while Dynamos meet Cotonsport Garoua of Cameroon in a pairing few neutrals would have predicted when the mini-leagues kicked off two months ago.
Midfield magician Mohamed Aboutrika headed Ahly in front after five minutes at the Military Academy Stadium in the Egyptian capital, only for Ladji Kone to equalise within 60 seconds as he latched on to a long pass.
Mahmoud Samir restored the lead with a soft 76th-minute goal for Ahly, who rested several key figures, only for ASEC to hit back again as Cyriac Gohi Bi beat goalkeeper Ahmed Moneim with a shot from the edge of the penalty area.