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Al Ahly win six-goal thriller to grab Club World Cup bronze for the fourth time

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Urawa Reds versus Al Ahly 3rd-place Club-World Cup duel in Saudi Arabia

A six-goal thriller saw African champions Al Ahly dramatically defeat Japan’s Urawa Reds 4-2 to secure the bronze medal at the Club World Cup in Saudi Arabia.

Once again that fighting determination of the Egyptian giants came to the fore to help them clinch bronze in the most dramatic fashion imaginable.

In an end-to-end playoff clash, goals from Yasser Ibrahim and Percy Tau put Ahly in control before Jose Kante’s curling strike brought Urawa back into it.

Alexander Scholz levelled from the penalty spot early in the second half after VAR adjudged Mohamed Hany handled in the box to put the Egyptian giants on the ropes.

But Hany remarkably went from villain to hero in the space of six minutes, firing Ahly back in front via a huge deflection off Yoshio Koizumi.

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Ali Maaloul then wrapped up the bronze deep into stoppage time, curling home a delightful last-gasp free-kick to spark jubilant celebrations.

Having suffered semi-final heartbreak against Fluminense, Ahly looked doomed after Scholz’s penalty hauled Urawa level at 2-2.

But in a speedy contest befitting their rollercoaster run to the third-place playoff, the Egyptian side emerged triumphant.

After the despair of falling short in the semis, this is a sweet consolation for Ahly’s decorated veterans like Hany and Maaloul.

They can now return home with heads held high after a heroic comeback secured the club a record-extending fourth Club World Cup bronze medal.

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-CAF

 

Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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