Ahly's midfielder Mahmoud Hassan 'Trezeguet' atoned for a wasted penalty to help his side reclaim top spot in Group A of the Egyptian Premier League following a 1-1 draw at Ghazl El-Mahalla on Sunday.
Hossam Arafat gave Mahalla a surprise lead over a sluggish Ahly side in the 30th minute after some poor defending from the hosts.
A Mahalla forward held off Ahly's central defender Mohamed Naguib in the area before slipping the ball towards the onrushing Arafat in a move that caught another two defenders napping. Arafat gathered the ball to sweep home past Sherif Ekramy from close range.
Ahly had a chance to level the score when they were awarded a penalty for a handball three minutes before halftime.
However, Mahalla keeper Al-Mahdi Soliman dived the right way to block an effort from central midfielder Trezeguet, who is nicknamed after former France striker David Trezeguet.
He made amends on 74 minutes when he sent a superb volley into the far corner of the net from a tight angle after connecting with a far-post cross.
Ahly are back at the summit after Smouha briefly moved top with a 1-1 draw against ENPPI on Thursday.
Both have 34 points with two matches remaining but Ahly are ahead on goal difference. Ittihad lie third on 30 points.
Ahly need two points from their last two matches to secure passage to the final four-team mini-league phase as they eye an eighth consecutive title.
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