Relive: Ahly vs Guangzhou Evergrande (Club World Cup)
Egypt's Ahly fail to set up a clash against Bayern Munich after losing 2-0 to Guangzhou Evergrande in the FIFA Club World Cup quarter-final in Morocco on Saturday
Ahram Online, Saturday 14 Dec 2013
Zheng Zhi (R) of China's Guangzhou Evergrande fights for the ball with Emad Meteab of Egypt's Ahly during their FIFA Club World Cup soccer match at Agadir Stadium in Agadir December 14, 2013. (Photo: Reuters)
Full time: Ahly 0-2 Guangzhou Evergrande
90+3 A tame curling shot by Dominique is easily collected by the keeper
90 The referee adds three minutes of stoppage time.
88 Two minutes remaining before the end. Another disappointing campaign for Ahly at the Club World Cup.
83 At the other end, an angled shot by Zhang Linpeng strikes the outside of the post.
82 With eight minutes remaining, it seems highly unlikely that Ahly can stage a comeback in the dying minutes.
81 Another shot from midfielder Rami Rabeia from distance goes over the bar.
79 A powerful shot by Abdallah El-Said strikes the crossbar! The first real chance for Ahly in the second half.
78 The third and final substitution for Ahly. Midfielder Mahmoud Hassan "Trezeguet" replaces Hossam Ashour.
76 Some desperate Guangzhou defending thwarts successive shots from Ahly's forwards.
75 A series of passes ends with El-Sayed Hamdi turning and shooting from inside the area but his shot is blocked by the defence. Goalkeeper Zeng Cheng is not troubled at all.
72 Ahly are unable to unlock Guangzhou's defence. Their tame efforts are easily cut short by the Chinese rearguard.
67 Sloppy defending costs Ahly again. Muriqui escapes the attention of defender Mohamed Naguib to outpace him and break clear. His low shot is blocked by advancing keeper Sherif Ekrami but Dario Conca makes the follow-up to fire home into an empty net.
67 GOAL FOR GUANGZHOU!
64 Ahly also make a second substitution, replacing ineffective striker Meteb with deep-lying forward El-Sayed Hamdi.
62 Guangzhou make their first substitution. Hao Rong replaces Gao Lin.
61 A back-header by Rami Rabeia goes over the bar following a corner as Ahly attempt to pile on pressure.
60 Ahly are dearly affected by the substitution of Abou-Treika. It remains to be seen whether Dominique can link up with fellow forwards and threaten Guangzhou in the remaining 30 minutes.
59 Dominique Da Silva sends a diving header wide following a cross from the right.
58 Ahly's central midfielder Hossam Ashour blasts a shot poorly wide.
56 Ahly are struggling to move the ball around without Abou-Treika. Their passes are repeatedly intercepted.
55 Guangzhou's Feng Xiaoting is booked for a challenge on an opponent.
52 Muriqui almost doubles their lead! He ghosts behind the static backline to break clear after a neat long ball, but his side-footed effort misses the target.
49 Brazilian forward Muriqui escapes his marker to run onto a through ball, round keeper Sherif Ekrami and shoot goalwards. Fathi clears the ball off the line but Elkeson pounces on the rebound to fire into an empty net.
49 GOAL FOR GUANGZHOU!
48 Abdallah El-Said is likely to drift to the middle to carry out the playmaking duties.
46 Ahly make their first substitution. Veteran playmaker Mohamed Abou-Treika, who apparently sustained an injury, makes way for Mauritania's Dominique Da Silva.
The second half is underway
The referee blows his half-time whistle
45 Guangzhou's Xiang Sun receives a yellow card for a foul on Emad Meteb.
44 Halftime is approaching. It remains goalless as both sides find it difficult to penetrate opposing backlines.
41 A low cross from Ahly's winger Soliman is cleared by the defence. Lone striker Emad Meteb is hardly troubling Guangzhou's backline.
38 Abdallah El-Said tries his luck with the outside of his left foot but his shot goes over the crossbar.
36 A superb interception from Ahly's solid right-back Ahmed Fathi prevents Huang Bowen from firing a close-range shot.
35 Ahly whip in many crosses from the left but Guangzhou's defence easily clears them.
30 Both sides ease off, with too many mis-placed passes disrupting their build-up attempts.
28 Ahly have the better possession now but clear-cut chances remain few and far between.
25 Ahly's attacking midfielders are still struggling to feed lone striker Emad Meteb.
22 A half-volley by Ahly winger Walid Soliman goes wide from the edge of the area following a right-wing cross.
18 Ahly's defensive duo do not look very assuring so far. Guangzhou's forwards evaded their tame challenges more than once.
15 The first quarter of an hour was an evenly-balanced, with both sides going close to breaking the deadlock.
15 Guangzhou squander another opportunity! The lively Elkeson is found unmarked by a low cross just inside the area but his subsequent shot goes wide.
12 Guangzhou are trying to send some through balls behind Ahly's left-back Ahmed Shedid, who is deputizing for the injured Sayed Moawad.
9 The early stages are exciting. Ahly's die-hard supporters are cheering on their team with their trademark chants and songs.
6 Mohamed Abou-Treika wastes a golden opportunity to put Ahly in front! A poor, short pass by Cheng is intercepted by striker Emad Meteb, who finds Abou-Treika with a pinpoint cross but the playmaker's free header goes just over the bar.
6 At the other end, Guangzhou's keeper Zeng Cheng makes a timely interception to clear a low cross.
3 The Chinese team are pushing forward in the first few minutes.
1 Guangzhou waste the first chance in the first minute! Elkeson heads just wide from a corner after beating his marker to the ball.
The match is underway
17:55 Both sides step onto the pitch.
17:45 Guangzhou's starting line-up: Zeng Cheng, Zhang Linpeng, Sun Xiang, Kim Young-Gwon, Feng Xiaoting, Zheng Zhi, Elkeson, Darío Leonardo Conca, Huang Bowen, Gao Lin, Muriqui.
17:05 The injuries of full-backs Sherif Abdel-Fadil and Sayed Moawad forces Youssef to play Ahmed Fathi, who has been impressive as a central midfieder recently, in the right-back position. Ahmed Shedid starts on the left.
17:00 Coach Mohamed Youssef fields Saad Samir as a central defender to partner Mohamed Naguib in the heart of the team's backline. Veteran defender Wael Gomaa starts on the bench.
16:45 Ahly's starting line-up: Sherif Ekrami; Ahmed Fathi, Mohamed Naguib, Saad Samir, Ahmed Shedid; Hossam Ashour, Rami Rabeia; Abdallah El-Said, Walid Soliman, Mohamed Abou-Treika; Emad Meteb.
16:00 Ahly trio Mohmed Abou-Treika, Wael Gomaa and Hossam Ashour will extend their appearance record by playing their 11th match at the Clup World Cup history when they face Guangzhou on Saturday.
15:45 Cairo giants Ahly were dealt a double blow just before the tournament after two influential defenders Sayed Moawad and Sherif Abdel-Fadil were injured
15:15 Guangzhou, who are led by Italy’s 2006 World Cup-winning coach Marcello Lippi, are the first Chinese side to win the AFC Champions League
14:45 Ahly are seeking to at least match their third-place finish in the 2006 edition
14:15 The Red Devils, Ahly, are making their fifth appearance at the Club World Cup, while it is the first ever for Guangzhou
13:45 Both sides, Ahly and Guangzhou, are eyeing a potential mouthwatering clash against European champions Bayern Munich in the semis
13:30 Egypt’s Ahly open their Club World Cup campaign against China’s Guangzhou Evergrande in the tournament’s quarter-final in Agadir
Stay tuned, game starts at 16:00 GMT.
Sandro Ricci (Brazil)
Agadir Stadium, Agadir (Morocco)
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