The summit of the matches began today, Thursday, February 4, 2021 between Al-Ahly of Egypt and Al-Duhail Al-Qatari at exactly 17:30 GMT, 19:30 Egyptian time, 20:30 Saudi time, and was transmitted on the channel between Sport Qatar HD1 in addition to the frequency of the channel between Sport HD open on Nilesat satellite, with the voice of the Algerian sports commentator “Hafeez Darraji”.
This year, Al-Ahly of Egypt recorded its sixth participation in the history of the Club World Cup, in an unprecedented record for African clubs, while Al-Duhail is participating as the host after winning the Qatar Stars League title last season.
With this result, Al-Ahly is running at the expense of Al-Duhail to the semi-finals to meet the German giants “Bayern Munich”, the European Champions League holder, who has not yet arrived in Qatar due to his preoccupation with a German league match against Hertha Berlin this week.
This is the third time in 6 appearances that Al-Ahly has reached the semi-finals of this tournament after 2006 when it lost to Brazilian Internacional before it finished third by beating America, Mexico in its best result, and then in 2012 when it lost to Corinthians, Brazil, then resolved fourth.
“A set of players for Musimani, and a half of coaches for Lamouchi”
Al-Ahly succeeded in imposing its dominance over the 45 minutes in the players’ game (the first half) and almost finished it ahead by more than one goal. However, the video assistant VAR prevented it from that when it canceled the second goal of the Congolese player “Bwalya” in the 38th minute after being alone with the goalkeeper from the middle The stadium.
The match changed and turned upside down during the coaches’ half (the second half), when the coach of Al-Duhail club, “Sabri Lamouchi”, made several changes, perhaps the most prominent of which was the descent of the player “Mohamed Muntari” instead of Olonga, to miss several easy opportunities that would have ensured Al-Duhail a tie at the very least. And the game turns into additional runs
The only goal came by Hussein Al-Shahat by a powerful shot from outside the area to the right of Al-Duhail goalkeeper Salah Zakaria (30) after he got a ball that Bwalia crossed at the border of the penalty area from Boudiaf.
The presence of Al-Ahly supporters was noticeable in the stands due to the large number of the Egyptian community in Qatar and the popularity of their club as well, knowing that the authorities allowed the attendance of 30 percent of the capacity of the two stadiums hosting the matches, each with a capacity of 40,000 spectators.
The two teams started the match very quickly, but Al-Ahly was the best in possession of the ball and spread on the field, and Hussein Al-Shahat was the focus of his most dangerous attacks thanks to his movements between the lines and his insightful vision.
On the other hand, Al-Duhail, the co-champion of the host country last season, who lost 5 games in the Qatari league in 15 games now, and is 15 points behind the leaders Al-Sadd, did not constitute a little danger to Al-Ahly’s goal and the players in his midst were unable to supply the tall Kenyan striker Michael Olonga With elaborate balls.
After several attempts, shy of Al-Ahly, Karim Boudiaf committed a mistake in passing the ball towards Bassam Al-Rawi on the outskirts of the region. Al-Shahat grabbed it and fired it into the Al-Duhail net, opening the scoring (30).
Al-Ahly, the winner over his opponent and fellow countryman Zamalek in the continental final last season, continued his preference, and the Democratic Congolese striker Walter Bwalia, who was transferred to him during the winter transfers from El Gouna, received a pass in the depth to separate Zakaria and hit the ball with his left between his legs and into the net, but the goal was not counted after resorting to the assistant referee technique. In the video, the reason for the attacker’s infiltration by a few centimeters (38).
Zakarias mistake almost caused the second goal when he failed to disperse the ball, but one of his defenders saved the situation at the last minute in stoppage time.
French coach Al-Duhail, Sabri Lamouchi, made two substitutions at the beginning of the second half by involving the attackers Al-Moez Ali and Al-Ghani Mohamed Muntari, and his team appeared with a completely different face because he succeeded in forming a great danger against the record holder in the number of continental countries at the African level and surpassed him without succeeding in a tie.
Muntari fired a left-foot ball that escaped from El-Shennawi, but fortunately for the latter, the crossbar (52) was over.
The Belgian Edmilson Junior passed a cunning ball inside the area, which was followed by Muhammad Musa on the fly, but El-Shennawi was on the lookout for it (63).
In the absence of the repeated Qatari attacks, a chance was provided for Al-Ahly through the financial substitute, U Dieng, who walked the ball a long distance before hitting a crawling ball that touched the right post (77).
Muntari tried his luck again, but El-Shennawi stood up to prevent the ball from entering his goal (78).
Al-Duhail threw all its weight, but Al-Ahly players succeeded in leading the match to safety.