By Lehlohonolo Lehana.
Egyptian giants, Al Ahly, have booked their spot in the Club World Cup semi-finals after beating Qatari champions Al-Duhail in the second round.
The Red Devils dominated the game in terms of possession but hadn’t created many chances until the 30th minute.
Al Ahly striker Walter Bwalya stole the ball from midfielder Karim Boudiaf just outside the penalty area and passed it to Hussein El-Shahat, whose low-driven shot hit the back of the net.
Four minutes later, Ali Maaloul and Mohamed Magdy Afsha producing a great passing sequence inside the penalty area but the former’s shot was blocked by Mehdi Benatia.
Then in the 38th minute, Walter Bwalya found himself in a one on one situation with Al-Duhail goalkeeper Zakaria Salah and put it between his legs to double the scoring.
However, the goal was ruled-out by Guatemalan referee, Mario Escobar, who was informed that the Congolese was in an offside position by the VAR refereeing team.
Al-Duhail were much braver in the second-half as they were able to control the remainder of the encounter, creating their fair share of chances.
In the 60th minute, the Reds goalkeeper Mohamed El-Shennawy tried to handle Mohamed Muntari’s powerful but nearly put it in his own net.
Four minutes later, former Qatar international Mohamed Must took received Edmilson’s volley with a powerful volley but El-Shennawy managed to parry it.
Substitute, Aliou Dieng, created Al Ahly’s only clear cut chance of the second-half with a long ranger that grazed the right post.
One minute later, Muntari beat both center backs in the air but his header was yet again saved by El-Shennawy, who gifted his side the win.
The Red Devils will now face European champions Bayern Munich in the Club World Cup semi-finals on Monday, February 8th.
The winner between Al Ahly and Bayern will take on either Brazilian giants SC Palmeiras or Mexican side Tigres UANL in the final on February 11.