Feb 5 (Reuters) – Egypt’s Al Ahly club, champions of the Confederation of Africa, advanced to the Club World Cup semi-finals on Saturday after beating Monterrey of Mexico 1-0 on Mohamed Hany’s goal.
In the semifinal, the Egyptian club will face Palmeiras from Brazil, champion of the Copa Libertadores, on Tuesday, while the “Rayados” from Monterrey will play the match for fifth place a day later.
Monterrey dominated the first part of the match played at the Al Nahyan stadium and created several scoring options with shots from Argentines Rogelio Funes Mori and Maximiliano Meza that passed very close to the posts.
Despite the dominance of the Mexican team, Al Ahly had the most dangerous options and scored the winning goal in the 53rd minute with a powerful shot from Mohamed Hany after Argentine goalkeeper Esteban Andrada rejected a cross sent by Taher Mohamed from the sector left.
With the goal in favor, Al Ahly controlled the game while the Concacaf representative club was desperate and without clear ideas to endanger the goal defended by Aly Lotfy, who at 56 minutes prevented Monterrey from drawing by deflecting a Meza’s header.
(Reporting by Carlos Calvo Pacheco in Mexico City)