Al-Ahly of Egypt crowned the bronze of the World Cup clubs currently in Qatar by defeating Brazilian Palmeiras in a penalty shootout (3-2) after the end of the match with a goalless draw.
Al-Ahly repeated the achievement of the historic generation that crowned bronze in 2006, when it overpowered Club America (2-1).
Al-Ahly coach Pitso Mosimane preferred to start the match with three players in the middle of the stadium to secure the defense. And he relied on the trio, Hamdi Fathy, Amr Al-Soleya, and Akram Tawfiq.
The trio gave solidity to the midfield, but reduced the attacking effectiveness of the Egyptian team, which relied on long passes behind Palmeiras defenses.
Al-Ahly had a chance in the 25th minute, when Felipe Melo dodged the captain of Palmeiras and was alone with the goalkeeper, but he hit the ball weak near the post.
In the 39th minute, Palmeiras was almost ahead were it not for the brilliance of goalkeeper Mohamed El Shennawi, who brilliantly saved his goal after a header from Rooney.
Palmeiras excelled in the first minutes of the second half, amid a clear retreat from Al-Ahly players.
Rooney hit a powerful ball in the 50th minute that was on its way to the net had it not been for the defender Yasser Ibrahim.
The African champion’s performance improved with the passage of the minutes, and substitute Junior Ajay improved the team’s offensive response. Ajay scored a goal in the 66th minute, which was canceled by the referee for offside.
Al-Ahly’s muscle injuries multiplied in the last minutes of the match, and the performance of the two teams declined, and the match ended in a goalless draw.
Al-Ahly and Palmeiras ruled over the penalty shootout, which saw goalkeeper Mohamed El-Shennawi brilliant, as Al-Ahly won (3-2).