Al-Ahly of Egypt defeated Qatar’s Al-Duhail club, 1-0, in the preliminary round or quarter-finals of the FIFA Club World Cup hosted by Qatar.
The African League champion qualifies for the semi-finals to meet his European counterpart, Bayern Munich, next Monday. The match will be held at Ahmed Bin Ali Stadium, west of the capital, Doha.
Al-Duhail will meet with South Korean Ulsan Hyundai next Sunday to determine fifth place.
As a result of tonight, Al-Ahly raised its score in the number of matches it won during its FIFA Club World Cup matches to four out of 13 lost in the rest of it, and Al-Ahly raised its goal tally to 12 goals, while the team received 22 goals, including five against Monterrey, and four Against another Mexican club, Pachuca.
The seventeenth edition of the FIFA Club World Cup will run until Thursday the 11th of this month, in which the final match will be held.
Alahli football club
Al-Ahly club returned to participating in the World Cup after an absence of eight years. It is the only Egyptian team that participated in the cup matches and won the bronze medal in 2006.
This is the first meeting between an Egyptian and Qatari team since Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain ended the boycott of the State of Qatar, after the Al-Ula summit in Saudi Arabia last month.
This was the sixth appearance for Al-Ahly in the annual competition, and it was his best appearance 15 years ago when he reached third place, but lost in the semi-finals to the Brazilian champion Internacional.
Bayern Munich is seeking another title in Qatar in the Club World Cup, to occupy its place in the six-team tournament as the European Champions League winner last year.
Al-Ahly celebrated the ninth African Champions League title last year, beating rival Zamalek in the first final match, in which two clubs from the same country participated.
Pitso Musimane, a South African, became the third coach to win the championship with two teams, after he led Mamelodi Sundowns to the title in 2016.
Al-Ahly conceded only eight goals in 34 matches to claim their fifth consecutive victory in the league, and they won the Egypt Cup on penalties in December.
Among Al-Ahly’s players is Mohamed ‘Afsha’ Magdy, whose goal against Zamalek in the eighty-sixth minute resulted in Al-Ahly winning the go-to ticket to Qatar, and he is one of many Egypt’s international players in the team.
Al Duhail Club
As for the Qatari club Al-Duhail, the hero of the host country, it was able to reach the first round after the withdrawal of Auckland City, the representative of Oceania, due to the epidemic and the related quarantine measures required by the New Zealand authorities.
Al-Duhail is managed by former France international player and former coach of Rennes and Nottingham Forest, Sabri Lamouchi.
The club draws much of its firepower from the Brazilian duo Edmilson Junior and Dudu, with the latter appearing twice with Palmeiras in the group stage of the Copa Libertadores before moving on loan to Qatar in July.
Other players include Al Moez Ali, who scored nine goals in Qatar’s 2019 AFC Asian Cup victory, while Kenyan striker Michael Olonga recently joined Al-Duhail from Japanese club Kashiwa Riso.