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December 16, 2012 6:30 PM EST
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Al-Ahly - Monterrey Preview: After close call against Corinthians, Egyptian side hope to repeat 2006 finish

The warm-up to Sunday night's main event will not lack entertainment as the two attack-minded sides take the pitch intending to leave Japan with their heads held high

By Dan Orlowitz

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  PROBABLE LINEUPS

AL-AHLY
Chelsea FC
Abou saud
Fathi, Gomaa, Najib, Shedid
Soliman, Rabiea, Ashour, Barakat
Aboutrika
Gedo
MONTERREY
  Monterrey
Orozco
Meza, Basanta, Mier, Chavez
Cardozo, Ayovi, Perez, Corona

Delgado, De Nigris   

Six years after their bronze medal finish in the tournament, Al-Ahly are looking to cap off their fourth Fifa Club World Cup campaign with a third-place finish over North American challengers Monterrey.

The Egyptian side performed well beyond expectations in their December 12 semi-final against Corinthians, allowing just one goal and applying a surprising amount of pressure on the Brazilians throughout the second half. Al-Ahly's 34-year-old striker Mohamed Aboutrika, who had been used as a super sub in the quarter-finals and semi-finals, is expected to make his first start of the tournament.

Opponents Monterrey will be looking to recover their damaged pride following a 3-1 defeat by Chelsea in their semi-final. The Rayados rarely saw a chance to attack the European champions, surrendering two own-goals in the process.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Al-Ahly are the only side participating in the Club World Cup to field a squad consisting only of domestic players.
  • The Egyptian side beat another Mexican side, Club America, to seize the bronze in the 2006 competition.
  • By scoring in this match, Mohamed Aboutrika would become the competition's top scorer with at least five goals.
  • Monterrey have already improved on their fifth-place finish in the 2011 CWC.
  • The CONCACAF champions have won just one of their last seven competitive fixtures.
  • After missing last year's CWC due to an ankle injury, striker Aldo de Nigris (right) will be facing an African side for the first time for either club or country.


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-Abou ALsoodGoalkeeper
- Rami Rabia Defender
6Wael GomaaDefender
23Mohammad NaguibDefender
-Ahmed FathyDefender
11Waleed SolimanMidfielder
17Sayed MoawadDefender
22Mohammed Abu TrikaMidfielder
-Abdulla Ali SaeedDefender
25ashourMidfielder
9Emad MoteabStriker
1ekramyGoalkeeper
13Ahmed Adel Abdul MonemGoalkeeper
-samirDefender
4Sherif Abd ElfadilDefender
-Ahmed ShedidDefender
-Shehab AhmedMidfielder
8Mohamed BarakatMidfielder
-Hossam GhalyMidfielder
-Mahmoud HassanMidfielder
10GedoStriker
-Al-Sayed HamdyStriker
-Dominique Da SilvaStriker
1Jonathan Emmanuel OrozcoGoalkeeper
2S. MezaDefender
4Ricardo OsorioDefender
5D. ChavezDefender
10W. AyovíMidfielder
15José María BasantaDefender
21H. MierDefender
68J. CoronaMidfielder
18Neri Raúl CardozoMidfielder
-A. De NigrisStriker
19César Fabián DelgadoMidfielder
-J. DauttGoalkeeper
23Juan de Dios IbarraGoalkeeper
-L. LópezDefender
34H. MoralesDefender
16E. SolísDefender
-Oscar Sebastián Garcia CarmonaDefender
-S. PérezDefender
-G. MorenoDefender
-G. MadrigalStriker
-A. CarreñoStriker
26H. SuazoStriker
-S. JassoStriker
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Darío Conca Darío Conca
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Fluminense
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Atletico Mineiro
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Monterrey
2 0
Mouhssine Iajour Mouhssine Iajour
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Raja Casablanca
2 0
H. Suazo H. Suazo
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Monterrey
1 1