Following penalty kicks in the match for third place in the Club World Cup, Al-Ahly beat Palmeiras.
The players of Al-Ahly showed more willingness to play in the first part of the game. Under the Palmeiras objective, they were far more often searching for luck. In the 26th minute, when Amr El Soleya found himself in a one-on-one situation, the Egyptians came closest to a goal.
The 31-year-old midfielder did not even hit the target in a decent situation. In comparison, the Brazilians played steadily and without much flair. In Qatar, before the break, it was a goalless draw.
In the second half, the image of the match did not change much. With every minute, the exhaustion of the Egyptians was increasingly apparent. Therefore, in regulation time, it was up to them to decide the match.
Junior Ajayi scored for Al-Ahly in the 68th minute, but he was offside and disallowed the strike.
In answer, in the 80th minute, Patrick de Paula Carreiro got close to the opening target. There were more interruptions due to accidents and cramps than smooth play at the end of the regulation era. To decide the third World Cup team, a penalty shootout was necessary.
The penalty shootout began with a strike by Ah-Badr Ahly’s Banoun. And then there were as many as five shots waiting for a goal. It was just 1-1 after the third quarter, with players either hitting the post or going past the target, and when they struck correctly, the goalkeepers deflected their shots.
A goal was scored by Junior Ajayi in the last series for Al-Ahly. The experienced Felipe Melo scored for the Palmeiras side, but Mohamed El Shenawy interpreted his attempt brilliantly. The Egyptians won 3:2 in penalty kicks and they are the ones who ended third in the Club World Cup.