Club World Cup 2023: Real in the final after winning against Al Ahly
The people of Madrid overcame the Egyptian club Al Ahly (4-1) this Wednesday in the semi-finals of the Club World Cup.
Real is off to a good start. For this, Carlo Ancelotti had lined up his standard team this Wednesday in Rabat, for the semi-final of the Club World Cup. A sign that Real Madrid has taken its opponent, the Egyptian club Al Ahly Cairo, seriously. And he did well, since despite the victory (4-1), nothing was easy .
After a controlled first half but without great flights, Real Madrid relied on Vinicius to open the scoring (42′). In the absence of Benzema, touched and rested by Ancelotti, the Madrid attack rested on the Brazilian duo Vinicius-Rodrygo this evening. And despite some inaccuracies, they answered present.
Rodrygo, long lacking in efficiency
After the Brazilian’s first goal, the Merengues knew how to make the difference as soon as they returned from the locker room. On an excellent opening from Modric, Rodrygo first saw his strike repelled by El Shenawy, before Valverde in support took the ball back to push it into the goal. Despite this two-goal lead and wide dominance, Real Madrid were put in danger on several occasions, notably by a good El Shahat, Al-Ahly’s right winger. It is he who will obtain the penalty, transformed by Maaloul (64 ‘), on a fault of Camavinga.
But despite Modrid’s penalty saved by the Egyptian goalkeeper (88′), the people of Madrid were able to increase the score at the very end of the match. Rodrygo went there with his goal (90+2′), after several wasted chances, before the young Sergio Arribas put an end to all suspense with a nice cross shot on his first ball of the match (90+8′).
The European champions have therefore qualified for the final of the Club World Cup, in which they will meet the Saudi club Al Hilal, winner of the other semi-final against Flamengo (3-2).