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Ahram Online provided a live coverage of Thursday's game between Egypt's Ahly and Brazil's Palmeiras in the 3rd place match of the FIFA Club World Cup

Ahram Online , Thursday 11 Feb 2021
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Soccer Football - Club World Cup - Third Place Play Off - Al Ahly v Palmeiras - Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan, Qatar - February 11, 2021 Al Ahly's Mohamed Afsha in action with Palmeiras' Felipe Melo REUTERS
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Full time: Ahly 0-0 Palmeiras (3-2 on penalties) 


It's over! Ahly finish third at the Club World Cup for a second time with a 3-2 shootout victory over Palmeiras following a 0-0 draw. Thanks for following our live updates. 

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- Badr Benoun scores the first penalty for Ahly
- Rony wastes the first penalty for Palmeiras

- Amr El-Sulaya wastes the second penalty for Ahly
- Adriano wastes the second penalty for Palmeiras

- Marwan Mohsen wastes the third penalty for Ahly
- Scarpa scores the third penalty for Palmeiras 

- Mohamed Hani scores the fourth penalty for Ahly
- Gomez scores the fourth penalty for Palmeiras 

- Ajayi scores the fifth penalty for Ahly
- Melo wastes the fifth penalty for Palmeiras  
 

The referee blows his final whistle, we are now heading to penalties!

90' The referee adds three minutes of stoppage time. 

85' Scarpa tries his luck from distance but his poor shot goes high over. 

81' Palmeiras make three substitutions. Gistavo Scarpa, Danilo and Gabriel Menino are introduced. 

80' A chance for Palmeiras! De Paula muscles his way into the area but his shot misses the target. 

79' Both sides look tired in the latter stages. Can Ahly net a decisive winner? 

75' Ahly make another double substitution. Striker Marwan Mohsen replaces Taher Mohamed Taher and Malian midfielder Aliou Dieng replaces Akram Tawfik.

69' Palmeiras midfielder De Paula receives a yellow card for a foul on Akram Tawfik. 

67' A goal for Ahly is disallowed for offside! Ajayi blasts home on the rebound after a superb scissors kick from El-Sulaya is parried into his path.

64' Palmeiras are the better side now. They are mounting pressure, but goal-scoring chances remain scarce. 

59' Ahly make a double substitution. Nigerian forward Junior Ajayi replaces Bwalya after returning from a lengthy injury lay-off and forward Mohamed Sherif replaces Afsha.

58' Bwalya is flagged offside after breaking clear. 

54' Ahly's Bwalya is receiving treatment after suffering a cut over his eye. 

53' Mohamed Hani clears a dangerous cross after the lively Rony bamboozles Ayman Ashraf on the left. 

51' A chance for Palmeiras! A through pass is slipped to Rony but Yasser Ibrahim makes another brilliant sliding tackle to deflect his goal-bound shot to safety. 

49' Ahly will need to maintain their rhythm if they are to break the deadlock in the second half. 

The second half is underway 

The referee blows his halftime whistle 

45+1' Palmeiras winger Willian receives a yellow card for flailing his arm in an aerial challenge with Hamdi Fathi. 

45' The referee adds two minutes of stoppage time. 

41' El-Shennawi collects a near-post header from Adriano following a corner as Palmeiras mount pressure in the late stages of the first half. 

40' A chance for Palmeiras at the other end! Ahly keeper El-Shennawi dives to his left to push away a free header from Rony following a counter attack. 

38' Another chance for Ahly! Hamdi Fathi's superb long pass finds Afsha on the left hand side of the area, but his angled effort misses the target. 

36' A tame low shot from Afsha is collected by Weverton. 

34' Bwalya flicks a punt from the keeper to Afsha on the left, but the playmaker's cross back to the Congolese striker is handled by keeper Weverton. 

34' Yasser Ibrahim makes a superb sliding tackle to block a Palmeiras shot. 

33' The first chance for Palmeiras! A defensive clearance following a corner falls to Rony, who blasts a first-timer wide of the post. 

31' Ahly striker Bwalya chests a long ball with his back to goal, turns and hits a shot that goes high over. 

30' Ahly are relatively better so far, spurning the game's only goal-scoring chance. 

26' What a chance for Ahly! Amr El-Sulaya misses an easy opportunity. Walter Bwalya robs Felipe Melo on the edge of the area and El-Sulaya gathers the loose ball and skips past his challenger, only to send his effort across the face of the area and poorly wide with only the keeper to beat.

26' Ahly and Palmeiras are hindered by too many mis-placed passes. 

22' Both sides are trying to send through balls behind the defence, but their efforts are unsuccessful so far. 

18' Ahly are pressing Palmeiras high up the pitch. 

16' Ahly's defence looks steadfast so far. 

15' No threats at either end in the first quarter of an hour. 

11' A tame overhead kick from outside Ahly's area goes into the hands of Ahly keeper El-Shennawi. 

8' A header from Ahly defender Yasser Ibrahim goes over the bar following a corner. 

7' Ahly winger Taher Mohamed Taher runs behind the defence following another through ball but keeper Weverton once again comes out in a timely manner. 

5' Ahly midfielder Amr El-Sulaya fails to get on the end of a through pass as Palmeiras keeper rushes out to collect the ball. 

4' Palmeiras launch some inaccurate long balls. 

2' Ahly's formation suggests that they might adopt a cautious approach today! 



The match is underway 


Starting lineups:

Ahly: Mohamed El-Shennawi - Mohamed Hani, Badr Benoun, Ayman Ashraf, Yasser Ibrahim - Hamdi Fathi, Amr El-Sulaya, Akram Tawfik - Mohamed "Afsha" Magdi , Taher Mohamed - Walter Bwalya

Palmeiras: Weverton – Mayke, Luan, G. Gomez, M. Vina – P. De Paula, F. Melo - Rony, R. Veiga, Willian - L Adriano

16:30 Players are warming up now

16:15 Mosimane had to reshuffle his team due to the absence of Maaloul and suspended duo Mahmoud Kahraba and Hussein El Shahat. He switched to a 4-3-3 formation instead of his usual 4-2-3-1 scheme

15:40 Ahly's official website removes Ali Maaloul from the starting lineup list they published before and added Yasser Ibrahim as a replacement for the injured Tunisian star.   

15:30 Tunisian left back Ali Maaloul boosts Ahly's starting lineup despite leaving the game against Bayern Munich with a muscle injury on Monday. 

15:00 Ahly coach Pitso Mosimane believes that his team is focused and ready to beat Brazilian Palmeiras in the third-place match to clinch the FIFA Club World Cup Bronze medal.
"We need our players to deliver their best against Palmeiras. Some of our players will be absent, but we have substitutes who can play the same role," Mosimane told a press conference.

14:00 The Red Devils kicked off their campaign with a narrow 1-0 win over Qatar's Al Duhail in the quarters but fell 2-0 against European champions Bayern Munich in the semis.

13:00 Ahly's probable starting lineup:

Mohamed El-Shennawi - Mohamed Hani, Badr Benoun, Ayman Ashraf, Yasser Ibrahim - Hamdi Fathi, Amr El-Sulaya, Akram Tawfik - Mohamed "Afsha" Magdi , Taher Mohamed - Walter Bwalya

12:00 Ahly will do with talented key duo Mahmoud Kahraba and Hussein El-Shahat after they were suspended by FIFA for violating the tournament's strict precautionary measures.The Cairo giants also suffer injury blow as key left-back  Ali Maaloul will miss the game.

Venue: Education City Stadium

Referee: Maguette N'Diaye

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