Ahly To Face Bayern After Ending African Losses At Club World Cup
Umer Jamshaid 21 days ago Fri 05th February 2021 | 01:10 AM
AlRayyan, Qatar, Feb 4 (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 5th Feb, 2021 ) :Al Ahly of Egypt became the first African side since 2013 to win their opening Club World Cup match when they edged Al Duhail from host nation Qatar 1-0 Thursday in the quarter-finals.
Wearing grey and black because of a colour clash with the red strip of Duhail, Ahly advanced thanks to a 30th-minute goal from midfielder Hussein el Shahat.
Success came as a huge relief for an Egyptian outfit coached by South African Pitso Mosimane as they achieved only one top-three finish in five previous Club World Cup appearances.
Backed by the majority of the crowd in the education City Stadium, Ahly led 1-0 at half-time and had a second goal ruled offside.
The only goal came when Duhail cheaply surrendered possession close to their box and one pass set up El Shahat to fire a low shot into the corner of the net.
Walter Bwalya netted eight minutes later for the nine-time African champions after racing clear and the goal was initially awarded before VAR revealed the Congolese was fractionally offside.
Starved of possession in the first half, Duhail were more assertive at the start of the second half and forced two corners in quick succession.