The referee blows his final whistle, Ahly beat Hiroshima 2-1 to qualify for the Club World Cup semi-final
89 One minute remaining, Ahly are defending in numbers to claim a precious win. The referee adds two minutes of stoppage time.
85 Ekramy pulls off another superb save to block an opportunity from Hiroshima, who are desperately trying to score the equaliser.
81 Hiroshima squander a golden chance to equalise with nine minutes remaining!! the lively Hisato Sato catches two defenders napping to break clear following a through pass but he shoots wide with the goal at his mercy.
80 The third and final substitution for Ahly, attacking midfielder Mohamed Barakat replaces Walid Soliman.
77 A shot from Hiroshima's Mihael Mikic narrowly misses the target.
75 Gedo darts down the left, evades a challenger and hits a shot from a narrow angle that strikes the side-netting.
75 Fifteen minutes remaining before the end, will Ahly be able to maintain their lead?
73 Ahly coach Hossam El-Badry seeks to close down spaces in midfield to preserve the team's slender advantage.
71 The second substitution for Ahly, central midfielder Mahmoud Hassan "Trezeguet" replaces El-Sayed Hamdi.
68 A chance for Hiroshima!! A low cross goes begging after a defensive lapse from Ahly.
64 Gedo goes close to widening the gap!! A mis-hit bicycle kick from Abou-Treika finds him but his header goes just wide of the post.
62 Hiroshima are still struggling to replicate their first-half display. Ahly are having the upper hand.
56 A long ball by right-back Ahmed Fathi finds Abou-Treika, who holds off his challenger to create space for himself inside the area and fire a low shot that strikes the keeper's legs and goes into the net.
56 GOAAAAAAL FOR AHLY!!!!
53 Hiroshima continue from where the left off in the first half: Trying long balls and through passes behind Ahly's static backline.
50 Gedo just fails to get on the end of a deft through ball from Abou-Treika. Ahly make a fine start to the second half.
The second half is underway
The referee blows his half-time whistle, Hiroshima 1-1 Ahly
45 The referee adds five minutes of stoppage time.
42 The hosts are totally dominating the game, outpacing their opponents. They look close to adding a second goal.
37 Hiroshima sqander another goal-scoring chance!! A deft through pass releases Mihael Mikic on the right and he goes to the byline unopposed. He finds Sato with a cross but the latter, under pressure from Ahly defender Wael Gomaa, sends a tame effort into the hands of the motionless Ekramy.
35 Ahly forced to make a first-half substitution. Central midfielder Hossam Ghaly picks up an injury, making way for veteran playmaker Mohamed Abou-Treika.
34 Hiroshima pile on pressure. Ekramy pulls off another save.
32 A poor defensive clearance from defensive midfielder Hossam Ashour following a corner helps Hisato Sato fires a low shot into the net off the legs of Ekramy.
31 GOOAAAAAAAAL FOR HIROSHIMA!!!
25 Hiroshima waste a golden scoring opportunity!! A free-kick strikes the wall and falls into the path of the unmarked Hiroki Mizumoto, whose close-range effort is blocked by Ekramy.
21 Ekramy saves a low shot from Hiroshima, who created their first half-chance of the game.
19 Hiroshima are trying some inaccurate through passes, which go to the safe hands of Ahly keeper Sherif Ekramy.
15 Ahly deservedly go ahead. Right-back Ahmed Fathi neatly exchanges passes with a teammate on the right, goes to the byline and pulls the ball back for El-Sayed Hamdi to send a low shot into an empty net.
15 GOAAAAAAAL FOR AHLY!!!
15 Ahly dominated the first quarter of an hour, wasting a clear-cut opportunity from Gedo in the process.
13 Ahly playmaker Walid Soliman is booked for a foul on opponent.
12 Ahly's skilful forwards are moving the ball around smoothly, laying siege to the hosts' area in the early stages.
8 Hiroshima forced to make an early substitution after Nishikawa sustains a facial injury. He is replaced with Takuya Masuda.
5 Hiroshima keeper Shusaku Nishikawa is being treated on the pitch after a collision with Gedo.
4 Ahly make a lively start as they seek an early opener.
3 Forward Gedo wastes Ahly's first chance!! He latches onto a neat long ball but his low shot, under pressure from a defender, goes narrowly wide.
The match is underway
12:25 Both sides line-up for the national anthem, five minutes before kick-off.
12:20 Ahly have no injury worries after defender Naguib, striker Emad Meteb and left-back Sayed Moawad shruggd off injuries in time to make the team's Club World Cup squad. However, Moawad and Meteb start on the bench today.
12:00 Hiroshima’s starting line-up: Shusaku Nishikawa, Hiroki Mizumoto, Kazuhiko Chiba, Toshihiro Aoyama, Koji Nakajima, Kazuyuki Morisaki, Hisato Sato, Mihael Mikic, Yojiro Takahagi, Ryota Moriwaki, Kohei Shimizu.
11:45 Ahly’s starting line-up: Sherif Ekramy, Ahmed Fathi, Wael Gomaa, Mohamed Naguib, Ahmed Shedid, Hossam Ashour, Hossam Ghaly, Walid Soliman, Abdallah El-Saied, El-Sayed Hamdi, Mohamed Nagy ‘Gedo’.
11:35 The winner will set-up a semi-final clash with Copa Libertadores winners Corinthians of Brazil.
11:35 Ahly qualified for the Club World Cup for the fourth time after winning the African Champions League last month while Hiroshima booked their place in the competition after winning their maiden Japanese Championship.
11:30 Welcome to Ahram Online’s live coverage of Ahly’s opening Club World Cup game against hosts Sanfrecce Hiroshima of Japan.
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