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December 12, 2012 10:30 AM GMT
Toyota Stadium — Toyota
Referee:‬ M. Rodríguez‎
Attendance:‬ 31417‎
 
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Al-Ahly 0-1 Corinthians

A single goal from Paolo Guerrero was enough to decide the match in favour of the Brazilians, who will move on to meet either Chelsea or Monterrey in the Club World Cup final

By Daniel Edwards

  • ekramy
    15
    5
    2.50

    ekramy

    Had absolutely no chance to stop Guerrero's pinpoint header. Bravely stayed on the pitch after going down with a thigh injury in the second half, but eventually was forced off.

  •  Rami Rabia
    19
    3
    3.00

    Rami Rabia

    One of Al-Ahly's principal threats moving into the final third, but lacked precision feeding his strikers.

  • Wael Gomaa
    18
    3
    2.50

    Wael Gomaa

    Could have done more to track Guerrero for the game's only goal. Did not cope well with Corinthians' fast counter-attacking, but battled gamely against the Brazilians.

  • Ahmed Shedid
    17
    2
    3.00

    Ahmed Shedid

    Stood out with a wonderful intervention that denied Paulinho when the goal was at the midfielder's mercy.

  • Mohammad Naguib
    11
    4
    2.50

    Mohammad Naguib

    Dealt well with Corinthians' threat from set-pieces, although occasionally suffered when challenged on the floor by the likes of Emerson.

  • Ahmed Fathy
    14
    2
    2.50

    Ahmed Fathy

    Had one of his side's best chances of the encounter, firing just wide after bursting into the box on a swift counter-attack.

  • Waleed Soliman
    11
    5
    3.00

    Waleed Soliman

    The Egypt international controlled possession well and looked more lively in the second half, but struggled to get the ball forward with enough penetration.

  • ashour
    18
    3
    3.50

    ashour

    One of the stand-out figures for the Egyptians, tackled tenaciously and tried to stem the attacks emanating through Paulinho and Danilo.

  • Abdulla Ali Saeed
    9
    6
    2.00

    Abdulla Ali Saeed

    Failed to convince in the face of fierce Timao marking, and it was no surprise when he was withdrawn for the second half.

  • Gedo
    11
    7
    2.00

    Gedo

    Forced to feed off scraps of possession throughout the night and marshalled well by the Corinthians backline.

  • Al-Sayed Hamdy
    6
    14
    1.50

    Al-Sayed Hamdy Flop of the Match

    Guilty of squandering a gilt-edged chance when he failed to control a ball over the top, a moment which cost Al Ahly dearly as they went down to the Brazilians.

Substitutions

  • Abou ALsood
    9
    2
    3.00

    Abou ALsood

    Forced into action in the second half thanks to Ekramy's injury, but was well guarded by his defence and had an uneventful cameo.

  • Mohammed Abu Trika
    56
    3
    3.00

    Mohammed Abu Trika

    The Egyptians looked a different team after half-time with the playmaker on the field, as he inspired a much better effort. Came close with a shot that forced a good save from Cassio.

  • Emad Moteab
    11
    3

    Emad Moteab

    A late entry for Gado as his side desperately chased a positive result from the encounter.

  • Cássio
    4
    8
    3.50

    Cássio

    A virtual spectator for large swathes of the match, rarely called into action by the Egyptian team. Much busier in the second half, and made a couple of key saves to assure victory.

  • Alessandro
    4
    6
    2.50

    Alessandro

    Always a threat overlapping on the right, providing width and penetration for his team. His lackadaisical approach to keeping possession posed a problem, however, when Al Ahly fought back into the game.

  • Chicão
    4
    7
    2.50

    Chicão

    Almost let Rabia in for an equaliser thanks to a rushed clearance, a rare mistake in a solid display over the 90 minutes.

  • Fábio Santos
    5
    7
    3.00

    Fábio Santos

    Was guilty of ball-watching for the long pass that almost set up Fathi for the equaliser, otherwise impressed in the middle of defence, continually frustrating Al Ahly's efforts to draw level.

  • Paulo André
    3
    7
    2.50

    Paulo André

    Did not supply the same explosive edge on the flank that Alessandro provided, but put in a solid performance with some confident defending.

  • Ralf
    5
    7
    3.00

    Ralf

    Controlled the tempo of the game from midfield, the defensive foil to Paulinho's more ambitious game. Made several decisive interventions.

  • Paulinho
    18
    5
    3.50

    Paulinho

    Never skipped a beat, distributed with class and showed why he is such an idol with the Corinthians fans.

  • Douglas
    4
    7
    3.00

    Douglas

    A brilliant cross set up Guerrero for the opening goal. Could not make the same impact during the second half, as Al Ahly became more competitive in the midfield.

  • Danilo
    2
    8
    2.50

    Danilo

    Moved the ball around well, but lacked the incisiveness to help his side build on the early goal and win in a more convincing fashion.

  • Paolo Guerrero
    10
    14
    3.50

    Paolo Guerrero Top of the Match

    The Peruvian is formidable in the air, and he demonstrated his prowess with a fantastic header that gave Ekramy no chance in goal to open the scoring.

Substitutions

  • Guilherme Andrade
    2
    7

    Guilherme Andrade

    Came on for Guerrero in injury time.

  • Jorge Henrique
    2
    7

    Jorge Henrique

    Brought on for the last 10 minutes.

  • Romarinho
    4
    7
    3.00

    Romarinho

    Played the last 15 minutes for his side, making one exceptional pass that almost opened the game up for Paulinho.

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