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December 9, 2012 10:30 AM GMT
Toyota Stadium — Toyota
Referee:‬ C. Vera‎
Attendance:‬ 27314‎
 
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Al-Sayed Hamdy
Al-Sayed Hamdy
Al-Ahly SC
Naoki Ishihara
Naoki Ishihara
Sanfrecce Hiroshima
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Waleed Soliman
Waleed Soliman
Al-Ahly SC
Koji Morisaki
Koji Morisaki
Sanfrecce Hiroshima

Sanfrecce Hiroshima 1-2 Al-Ahly: African champions grind out tough win in the snow as J-League MVP fails to finish

The early departure of goalkeeper Shunsaku Nishikawa weighed heavily on Sanfrecce as they conceded an early goal and failed once again to improve on their finishing

By Dan Orlowitz

CWC Sanfrecce - Al Ahly - Al Ahly celebrates
TORU YAMANAKA
African champions Al-Ahly completed an improbable victory over Japan’s Sanfrecce Hiroshima on Sunday, sending them to a semi-final clash with Corinthians on Wednesday night.

The host representatives were thrown into turmoil when goalkeeper Shunsaku Nishikawa was involved in an accidental collision with Egyptian international Gedo, appearing to receive a deep cut to his left cheek from the striker’s knee. He was relieved by rookie Takuya Masuda, who did not make a league start in 2012.

The Egyptian side took advantage of Sanfrecce’s shock, grasping firm control of the match and finally drawing first blood in the 15th minute through Al Sayed Hamdy’s clever strike. The goal shocked the J-League side back into action as they quickly marshalled their pass-heavy attacking style and pushed forward.

But it was another injury - this time to Al-Ahly captain Hossam Ghaly - that gave Sanfrecce a chance to equalize. With captain Hossam Ghaly receiving medical attention on the side-lines and a substitute yet to appear, Sanfrecce captain Hisato Sato scored the equalizer with a brilliant low strike in the 32nd minute. Sanfrecce continued to pressure through the end of the first half but were unable to take the lead.

The pace calmed down considerably as the second half began, but Al Ahly recaptured took the lead in the 57th minute on Mohamed Aboutrika’s close-range shot after he beat out defender Kazuhiko Chiba to receive Fathy’s cross deep in the Sanfrecce zone.

Sato had several more chances on the night, including a one-on-one chance after the 80th minute that he sent wide of the net. Another shot late was blocked by Al Ahly goalkeeper Sherif Ekramy, who was given plenty of work on the night but survived mostly unscathed to the delight of roughly 100 supporters who made the trip to Japan.

The result set up an all-Asian battle for fifth place in the competition, as Sanfrecce will play Ulsan Hyundai on Wednesday afternoon before Al-Ahly and Conmebol champions Corinthians face off in the main event.


Sanfrecce Hiroshima

21
Shusaku Nishikawa
Goalkeeper
8′
2.00
4
Hiroki Mizumoto
Defender
3.00
5
Kazuhiko Chiba
Defender
2.50
46
Ryota Moriwaki
Defender
46′
2.50
6
Toshihiro Aoyama
Midfielder
2.50
7
Koji Morisaki
Midfielder
2.50
8
Kazuyuki Morisaki
Midfielder
35′
2.50
14
Mihael Mikić
Midfielder
32′
3.00
27
Kohei Shimizu
Midfielder
82′
3.00
10
Yojiro Takahagi
Midfielder
3.00
11
Hisato Sato
Striker
32′
3.00

Al-Ahly SC

3.00
1
ekramy
Goalkeeper
3.50
6
Wael Gomaa
Defender
81′
1.50
-
1.50
23
3.50
-
Ahmed Fathy
Defender
15′ 57′
1.00
11
Waleed Soliman
Midfielder
12′ 80′
2.50
-
Hossam Ghaly
Midfielder
34′
3.00
-
2.50
25
ashour
Midfielder
46′
2.50
10
Gedo
Striker
4.00
-

Substitutes

13
Takuya Masuda
Goalkeeper
8′
2.50
21
Yutaro Hara
Goalkeeper
 - 
2
2.50
-
 - 
19
 - 
33
 - 
16
2.00
-
 - 
-
Koji Nakajima
Midfielder
 - 
9
 - 
-
 - 
-
 - 

Substitutes

 - 
13
 - 
-
Abou ALsood
Goalkeeper
 - 
-
samir
Defender
 - 
-
Rami Rabia
Defender
 - 
4
 - 
-
Shehab Ahmed
Midfielder
2.00
8
 - 
17
4.00
22
2.00
-
Mahmoud Hassan
Midfielder
71′ 79′
 - 
9
 - 
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