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FIFA Club World Cup 2020 – News – Al Ahly conquer Africa, clinch Club World Cup ticket

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  • Al Ahly defeated Zamalek 2-1 to win the CAF Champions League
  • Mohamed ‘Afsha’ Magdy scored the late winner
  • The Red Devils secured a spot on the FIFA Club World Cup

Al Ahly beat arch-rivals Zamalek 2-1 to conquer the CAF Champions League 2019/20 and, with it, a spot on the FIFA Club World Cup Qatar 2020™, which will probably be held in Doha from 1 to 11 February 2021.

The win gave the Red Devils a document-extending ninth African crown in a recreation that lived as much as expectations by way of pleasure, lovely targets and depth.

Al Ahly prevailed in what had been dubbed ‘The Final of the Century’, a neighborhood derby between the 2 giants from Cairo, a metropolis that lives and breathes soccer like few different. The CAF Champions League showpiece was additionally the primary to be contested between two groups from the identical nation.

CAF Champions League ultimate

Al Ahly 2-1 Zamalek (Cairo Stadium, Egypt)

Goalscorers:

Al Ahly: Amr El Soleya (5’), Afsha (86’)

Zamalek: Shikabala (31’)

The match

Al Ahly took the initiative from the beginning and gained an early lead when Amr El Soleya nodded residence a header from Ali Maaloul’s nook.

Zamalek refused to be knocked off target, although, and after spurning various probabilities drew degree through a sensational solo effort by Shikabala. The White Knights captain lower inside from the precise, skipped round two challenges and fired a exact shot from exterior the field into the far nook of Mohamed Elshanawy’s internet.

The tempo elevated firstly of the second half, with actual probabilities coming at each ends of the pitch. First, Al Ahly’s Hussein Elshahat contrived to hit the submit when confronted with an open aim, after which it was Zamalek’s Zizo’s flip to hit the woodwork from lengthy vary.

With the match wanting prefer it was heading into further-time, Afsha had different concepts. He confirmed unbelievable management, bringing a free ball down off his knee earlier than smashing a volley previous Zamalek keeper Abu Gabal from absolutely 20 yards.

Man of the match

With his uncooked tempo and direct operating, attacking midfielder Mohamed ‘Afsha’ Magdy was threatening all through. He nearly put Al Ahly forward from a free-kick late on, however was to not be denied when he managed the ball exterior the field and smashed residence to provide the Red Devils a historic win over Zamalek.

Al Ahly have now received 9 CAF Champions League titles. No different staff has received greater than 5.

What they mentioned

Mohamed Magdy: “First, I’d wish to congratulate Zamalek on their nice efficiency immediately. It was a superb recreation from either side. As for my aim, I’ve scored comparable ones earlier than, one among them with the nationwide staff. I wish to congratulate our followers on this unbelievable title.”

Did ?

  • Last night time Al Ahly received their 139th title, confirming their standing as essentially the most-topped membership in Egypt.
  • Al Ahly coach Pitso Mosimane has now received the CAF Champions League twice. Coincidently, he claimed each titles on the expense of Zamalek: in 2016 with Mamelodi Sundowns and final night time with Al Ahly.

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