Walid Azaro scored the only goal of the game as Al Ahly beat Espérance de Tunis 1-0 in their CAF Champions League Group A clash at the Stade Olympique de Radès on Friday evening.
Victory moves the eight-time champions atop the group standings - level on points with their North African opponents - with a game remaining. Both teams have now qualified for the knockout stages with the group winner to be decided on matchday six.
Azarou capitalized on a defensive mistake to give the Red Devils the lead in the 32nd minute of the match, a margin they successfully defended until the final whistle.
Al Ahly had accumulated but a single point from their opening two matches of the group stages before Patrice Carteron's arrival in Egypt. The former TP Mazembe boss will now set his sights on the title having rescued what looked a disastrous position for the African giants.
Espérance de Tunis head to Gaborone to take on Township Rollers in their final game of the group stages while Al Ahly play host to Ugandan club KCCA.
TP Mazembe, defending champions Wydad Casablanca and Étoile du Sahel lead the way in the respective groups as things stand, putting extra pressure on those eager to secure top spot and avoid coming up against either in the quarterfinal stage.