Wael Gomaa was the unlikely match-winner as Al-Ahly snatched a dramatic 2-1 triumph over fellow Egyptians Ismailia on Sunday in a fiery CAF Champions League clash.
The bald 34-year-old centre-back who signed a two-year contract extension this week exposed the aerial weakness of the visitors in the Group B showdown to head home three minutes into stoppage time.
His far-post winner handed Ahly three precious points ahead of a mid-August visit to leaders JS Kabylie of Algeria, who have maximum points after defeating Heartland of Nigeria 1-0 in Tizi-Ouzou 24 hours earlier.
Kabylie have collected six points from two outings in the mini-league phase, record six-time champions Ahly have four, 2009 runners-up Heartland have one point while 1969 title holders Ismailia lie bottom with none.
After a timid first half, Ahly took the lead on 58 minutes through striker Mohamed Talaat with Mohamed Abougreisha, a mid-second half substitute for Ezeh, levelled ten minutes from full time.
Defending champions TP Mazembe from the Democratic Republic of Congo had to come from behind to draw 2-2 with Algerian visitors Entente Setif and Esperance of Tunisia won 1-0 at home to Dynamos of Zimbabwe 1-0 in another Group A game.