Al Ahly’s World Cup dream dashed by Bayern Munich

There was no miracle tonight as the expected happened when European and German Champions Bayern Munich defeated Egypt and African Champions Ahly 2-0 to reach the Club World Cup final on Monday.

Poland striker and the 2020 FIFA Best player Robert Lewandowski scored a double on the 17th and 86th minutes, setting up a final showdown against Mexican giants Tigres on Thursday.

Ahly missed the chance to equal the African best performance of TP Mazembe of DR Congo and Raja of Morocco, who reached the final in 2010 and 2013. However, they will have the chance to match their best performance when they claimed the bronze in 2006, as they face Brazilian giants and CONMEBOL Champions Palmeiras on Thursday.

Ahly coach Pitsmo Mosimane kept his usual 4-2-3-1, against all odds predicting a more defensive approach, with one major change to the team that faced Duhail in the quarter finals, as Mahmoud “Kahraba” Abdel-Moneim replaced Congolese striker Walter Bwalya in the striker’s role.

The Bavarian giants started the game, as expected, with a high pressing and a possession game.

With Ahly sitting back in order to close down spaces against a high-flying German side, defender Badr Benoun had the impossible task of marking Bayern’s deadliest weapon, Lewandowski.

The Bayern Big number 9 was found unmarked in the box by Serge Gnabry following a poor clearance by Ahly’s defence to tap in the opener in the 18th minute.

Ahly were dealt a huge blow when experienced left back Ali Maaloul was forced to quit the game after sustaining a hamstring injury.

Bayern had a couple of chances from Lewandowski, Marc Roca and Thomas Muller to extend their lead, but keeper Mohamed El-Shen

Isaac Darko
Isaac Darko is the lead Combat Sports writer for AfroBallers. He is an expert in Boxing, Mixed Martial Art and Wrestling reportage. Isaac is a journalist with newfound love for athlete management and digital media.

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