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FIFA Club World Cup 2020 – News – Centre stage for star-studded semi-finals

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FIFA Club World Cup 2020 - News - Centre stage for star-studded semi-finals
  • All Latin-American duel between Palmeiras SE and Tigres UANL
  • FC Bayern München tackle Al Ahly as they bid to finish sextuple
  • Ulsan Hyundai and Al Duhail face off with fifth place at stake

Al Rayyan will grow to be the focus of the soccer world on 7 and eight February because it performs host to the semi-finals of the FIFA Club World Cup Qatar 2020™. The final-4 motion will get below manner on Sunday, with Palmeiras of Brazil taking up Mexico’s Tigres UANL. FC Bayern München and Al Ahly SC of Egypt will contest the second semi-closing, to be performed on Monday.

Palmeiras and Tigres are each newcomers to the competitors and have by no means performed one another earlier than. Despite their current Copa Libertadores triumph, the Brazilian facet have been struggling of their home league of late, having drawn their final two matches and misplaced the 2 earlier than that. That winless run has left O Verdão sixth within the desk and they are going to be hoping to show their type round quick in Qatar and safe a spot in subsequent Thursday’s Club World Cup closing.

Their Mexican opponents beat Ulsan Hyundai of their opening match of the match and are banking on the goalscoring prowess of Andre-Pierre Gignac. The French entrance man scored each his facet’s objectives in that match and is in glorious type.

European champions Bayern will go into their semi-closing assembly with Al Ahly with out the providers of Leon Goretzka and Javi Martinez, who each have contracted COVID-19, and goalkeeper Alexander Nuebel, who’s out with an injured ankle. As for Al Ahly, they’re plotting an unlikely upset after beating Al Duhail within the earlier spherical. Coach Pitso Mosimane might be trying to Mohamed Magdy, higher often called Afsha, to fireplace his staff’s problem. Player and coach have been speaking extensively in coaching this week.

Fixtures

Match for fifth place

  • Ulsan Hyundai – Al Duhail

Sunday, 18:00 native time (Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium)

Semi-finals

Sunday, 21:00 native time (Education City Stadium)

Monday, 21:00 native time (Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium)

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The phrases

“We know Al Ahly. They won the African Champions League so we’re aware that it won’t be easy, just as it wasn’t in 2013. It’s hard to play teams you don’t know much about.”
Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer

“Bayern are an enormous facet with lots of stars. I’d wish to play in opposition to [Thomas] Muller. I like him as a participant and I like his fashion of play.”
Al Ahly ahead Hussein El Shahat

“We know what Palmeiras represent and that they’re Libertadores champions, which I know all about, being a Brazilian. We’ll confront them like we did Ulsan. With respect; no more, no less.”
Ricardo Ferretti, Tigres coach

“This is a vital match for all Palmeiras followers and we’re trying ahead to testing ourselves in opposition to a number of the main groups on this planet.”
Palmeiras coach Abel Ferreira

Abel Ferreira, Manager of SE Palmeiras looks on during a walk of the pitch ahead of the FIFA Club World Cup

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The stat

3 – The variety of instances Bayern and Al Ahly have performed one another, all in friendlies. The first of these conferences got here in 1977, when the Egyptian facet gained 2-1 courtesy of objectives from Mahmoud El Khatib and Sherif Abdel Moneim. The German giants gained revenge within the second of the 2 encounters, performed in Cairo, successful 2-1 because of objectives by Dieter Hoeness and Lothar Matthaus, with Samir Fawzi on course for Al Ahly. Bayern gained by the identical scoreline within the third recreation in 2012, in Doha. Their objectives got here from an Ahmed El Sayed personal purpose and Mario Mandzukic, whereas Mohamed Barakat was on the scoresheet for Al Ahly.

Did you already know?

Brazilian golf equipment dominated the Club World Cup in its early years, successful the trophy in 2000, 2005 and 2006. Europe’s representatives have held sway since then, nevertheless, with Corinthians the one South American facet since then to win the trophy, beating Chelsea within the 2012 closing. Santos went all the way down to Barcelona within the 2011 closing, whereas Flamengo misplaced to Liverpool within the 2019 showpiece match.

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