The Club World Cup began in Morocco on Wednesday evening with a match between Egypt’s Al-Ahly and New Zealand’s Auckland City. Al-Ahly won 3-0 and goes to the quarter-finals.
Before the match, there was an opening show with lights, fireworks and acrobatics at Ibn Battuta Stadium in Tangier.
Ronaldo, Messi and Bale
The first goal of the tournament was scored by Hussein Al-Shahat. Al-Masry put Al-Ahly ahead just before half-time with a long shot. With this blow he ended up in a private company.
He has now scored in three different Club World Cups. Previously only Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Gareth Bale succeeded. Al-Shahat scored for Al-Ain in the 2018 edition, and for Al-Ahly in 2020 and 2023.
Ten minutes into the first half, El Shahat’s teammate Mohamed Sherif decided to make the match 2-0. And before the end, South African Percy Tau completed the Egyptian national team’s party with a score of 3-0.
In stoppage time, Auckland’s Adam Mitchell was sent off by Chinese referee Ma Ning, but no more goals were scored.
Real Madrid and Flamengo
Al-Ahly will play Seattle Sounders from the United States in the quarter-finals. Real Madrid and Flamengo entered the semi-finals only on February 7 and 8. Real will then play against the winner of the Al-Ahly-Seattle Sounders match, and Flamengo will face Wydad or Al-Hilal.
The final will be held on Saturday 11 February.
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