A double from in-form striker Mohamed Sherif was enough for Al Ahly to beat Al Masry 2-1 in the Egyptian Premier League on Tuesday.
Sherif netted for the third game in his last four appearances to power Ahly to a much-needed win after they were surprisingly put on the back foot for most of the game as a bold Masry side mounted relentless pressure throughout.
The 25-year-old, who was also Ahly’s two-goal hero in their Cairo derby victory over Zamalek earlier this month, opened the scoring after 11 minutes but Omar Abdel-Wahed brought Masry level on the stroke of halftime.
Sherif scored again three minutes past the hour mark to prove the difference and help a depleted Ahly side, who are missing their entire backline due to injuries, close to within three points of leaders and arch-rivals Zamalek, who played two games more.
The Egyptian international took his tally to nine goals in 15 league matches this season.
Masry remain fourth on 29 points from 19 matches.