RELIVE: Egypt’s Ahly v New Zealand’s Auckland City (FIFA Club World Cup)

Ahram Online , Wednesday 1 Feb 2023

Ahram Online is providing a live coverage for Wednesday’s match between Egypt’s Ahly and New Zealand’s Auckland City in the FIFA Club World Cup first round

Hilal s defender Saud Abdulhamid (R) is tackled by Ahly s midfielder Ahmed Abd Elkader during the FIFA Club World Cup 3rd place football match between Egypt s Al-Ahly and Saudi s Al-Hilal at al-Nahyan Stadium in Abu Dhabi, on February 12, 2022. AFP

Full time: Ahly 3-0 Auckland City

Scorers: Hussein El Shahat 45+1, Mohamed Sherif 56, Percy Tau 86


Ahly: Mohamed El Shennawi - Mohamed Hani, Mahmoud Metwalli, Mohamed Abdel-Moneim, Ali Maaloul - Aliou Dieng, Amr El Sulaya (Mohamed "Afsha" Magdi 83), Hamdi Fathi (Marwan Attiya 80) - Hussein El Shahat (Taher Mohamed Taher 75), Ahmed Abdel-Kader (Percy Tau 75), Mohamed Sherif (Mahmoud Kahraba 80).

Auckland City FC: Conor Tracey - Adam Mitchell, Nikko Boxall, Regont Murati, Nathan Lobo (Jordon Vale 70) - Cameron Howieson, Gerard Garriga (Reid Drake 78), Dylan Manickum (Joseph Lee 78), Emiliano Tade (William Gillian 55), Michael Den Heijer - Ryan De Vries (Angus Kilkolly 70)

90'+8 Referee blows his final whistle.

90'+5 Red card for Mitchell after a tackle on Taher who was clear on target.

90' Ref shows 4 minutes of injury time

86' Percy Tau chips the ball over the keeper after a brilliant backheel pass from Kahraba.


85' Afsha attempts a long range shot but he misses the target.

81' Tau breaks clear on the right flank but his cross goes wide.

77' El Sulaya sends a long pass to Tau behind the defence, but a defender redeems himself to clear the ball before he could score.

75' Double sub for Ahly.

74' Abdel-Kader cuts inside onto his right foot but his shot goes wide.

71' Auckland City make a double substitution in an attempt to revive their hopes.

69' El Shahat misses from close range.

66' INCREDIBLE ! El Shahat dispatches Sherif in the area but he puts it wide !

63' Auckland are unable to make any response.

60' It could have been the third ! Maaloul sends a pass inside the area but there's nobody to put inside the back of the net.

56' Sherif goes clear on target after a brilliant pass from Fathi to beat the keeper from close range.


53' Ahly players claim a penalty but the referee waves play on.

52' Abdel-Kader nutmegs his opponent to get into the area but his cross his cleared.

49' El Shahat sends Sherif clear but he is offside.

48' Free kick to Auckland but Ahly's defence intercepts the pass.

46' Second half is underway

45' Half time

45+1 El Shahat fires from outside the box to give Ahly the lead.


43' Abdel-Kader tries to launch a counter but he's surrounded by defenders and loses the ball.

42' Corner for Auckland but El Sulaya clears it.

39' WHAT A CHANCE ! Sherif blasts wide an inviting cross from Hani.

37' Dieng attempts an effort on target but it goes wide.

34' Auckland have improved in recent minutes. 

30' El Shahat sends in another corner but the defence clears it easily.

26' Abdel-Kader shoots from the edge of the area but the keeper saves it.

24' Maaloul sends a cross but it goes into the hands of the keeper.

23' Corner for Ahly, defence clears Fathi's header.

18' Corner for Auckland ! Ball is cleared by Ahly's defence.

13' Ahly are dominating possession but can't break through their rivals' compact defence.

10' El Shahat tries to send a through ball to Sherif but his pass is easily intercepted.

6'  A first chance for Ahly! Maaloul sends a low cross for Sherif in the box but he can't put it in the back of the net. He should have scored.

4' Ahly are pressing high in the opening minutes of the game.

0' Match is underway

20:15 Koller has adopted a cautious approach using a 4-3-3 scheme with central midfielders EL Sulaya, Fathi and Dieng starting all together. Sherif has been deployed as a lone striker and Mahmoud Kahraba will be ready on the bench.

20:00 Players are warming up

19:00 Ahly players arrive in the stadium two hours the game.

17:30 Koller is expected to field his usual lineup but he has yet to decide on whether to deplay Mohamed Sherif or in-form Kahraba as a lone striker.

16:00 Ahly’s Swiss coach Marcel Koller said on Tuesday that the opening game against Auckland City will be a difficult one, vowing that the Reds will play to reach the farthest point at the prestigious tournament.

15:00 The Egyptian giants are taking part this time despite finishing as runners-up in the African Champions League last season, taking advantage of the selection of Morocco as the host country to qualify.

14:00 Ahly will make their third straight appearance in the seven-team tournament. They finished third in their previous two participations after winning back-to-back Champions League titles.

13:00 The winner will be qualifying to play the quarter finals against CONCACAF Champions, Seattle Sounders of USA, three days later.

12:00 Cairo ginats Ahly is set to kick off their campaign in the FIFA Club World Cup today when they face Auckland City of New Zealand in the tournament’s opener at Ibn Batouta stadium in Morocco’s Tangier.


Venue: Grand Stade de Tanger (Tanger)

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