File photo of an Egyptian Premier League game for Ismaily (Ahram)
Egyptian League leaders Ismaily dropped two precious points in their bid to challenge Ahly for the title after being held to a 1-1 draw by Talae El-Geish at home on Tuesday.
Veteran midfielder Hosni Abd-Rabou put Ismaily ahead after converting a penalty in the 29th minute but their celebrations were short-lived as El-Geish equalised two minutes later, thanks to a far-post header from striker Salah Amin.
Missing a reliable striker in suspended Colombian striker Diego Calderon, Ismaily failed to make their dominance count against a well-organized Geish defense.
Ismaily are on top of the table with 31 points, four ahead of second-placed Masry who have 27 and five clear of third-placed Ahly who have three matches in hands.
Ismaily won the last of their three league titles in 2002 after a nail-biting race with arch foes Ahly.