Al-Ahly will not meet German giant after losing to Chinese team
Egyptian giant was beaten 2-0 by the China’s Guangzhou Evergrande in Agadir, Morocco
Egypt’s al-Ahly on Saturday lost their FIFA Club World Cup opening game against China’s Guangzhou Evergrande, preventing them from facing German giant Bayern Munchen in the semi-finals of the competition.
Al-Ahly was beaten 2-0 by the Chinese team in Morocco‘s Agadir Stadium, after Brazilian forward Elkeson and Argentinian forward Dario Conca scored second-half goals for the Asian champions.
During the game, repeated defensive lapses allowed the Chinese team to take advantage over their rival, leaving the Egyptians in trouble.
The Cairo-based team was missing two key defenders, Sherif Abdel-Fadil and Sayed Moawad, due to injuries.
The Red Devils, who suffered their eighth loss in 11 Club World Cup games, will face the loser of the other quarter-final tie between hosts Raja Casablanca and Mexico's Monterrey, in hopes of coming fifth place of the competition.
Al-Ahly booked their ticket to the FIFA Club World Cup after winning the African trophy in November, at the expense of the Orlando Pirates of South Africa.
This is the first time that the FIFA Club World Cup - previously known as the Intercontinental Cup - is being played in an African country.