We made history for ourselves, says Ahly keeper El-Shennawi

Ahram Online , Thursday 11 Feb 2021

The African champions clinched the bronze medal at the FIFA Club World Cup after defeating Brazilian side Palmeiras 3-2 on penalties

Ahly's goalkeeper Mohamed el-Shenawy speaks with his teammates during the FIFA Club World Cup 3rd place football match between Egypt's Al-Ahly vs Brazil's Palmeiras at the Education City Stadium in the Qatari city of Ar-Rayyan on February 11, 2021. AFP

Ahly keeper Mohamed El-Shennawi was over the moon after his team clinched the bronze medal at the Club World Cup with a shootout win over Palmeiras, saying the current crop have made history for themselves.

The African champions beat Brazil's Palmeiras 3-2 on penalties following a goalless draw, with El-Shennawi playing an instrumental role in the famous win with two saves in the shootout.

"I am very happy after we won the third place," El-Shennawi told beIN Sports after the game.

"We made a great history for us. We were determined to realize an achievement in the competition and we did a great job that corresponds with the big name of our club.

"I would have said the same words even if we had lost, because we exerted great effort."

The 32-year-old keeper was typically humble, crediting his teammates for the win rather than his own shootout heroics.

"I thank all the players for their efforts during the game. They did a great job and all the team played well, not only me," he added.

"Before the game, we analyzed Palmeiras' playing style and we also knew how they normally take their penalties. It wasn't random."

Ahly also won the bronze medal in 2006 in Japan when they defeated Mexico's Club America in the third-place playoff.

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