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FIFA Club World Cup

  • December 16, 2012
  • • 07:30
  • • Nissan Stadium, Yokohama
  • Referee: P. O'Leary
  • • Attendance: 56301

Live Commentary

  • 90' + 3'
    Full-Time: Monterrey finish third at the Club World Cup as they beat Al-Ahly 2-0. Stay with us for the report and ratings!
  • 90' + 2'
    Al-Ahly are still hopeful of scoring. Gedo releases Sayed Moawad on the left whose cross is cleared
  • 90'
    Three minutes added on time.
  • 88'
    Monterrey are well setup defensively today as it has been a frustrating exercise from the African champions from Cairo as the hope to breach the Mexican side's goal.
  • 87'
    Eric Gomez says: Delgado's goal has justified Vucetich's choice of mounting the counterattack throughout the match. The Argentine has now become Mexico's leading scorer in a CWC as he has scored four goals dating back to 2011. A different aura on the pitch now as the two-goal lead practically ensures the result.
  • 86'
    Top save by Orozco as he fingertipped the ball away for a corner as Al-Ahly's Rami Hisham's attempt from inside the box.
  • 85'
    Aboutrikas free-kick is poor and comes off the wall. He eventually wins a corner.
  • 84'
    Free-kick to Al-Ahly.
  • 83'
    SubstitutionNeri Raúl Cardozo E. Solís
  • 82'
    Can Al-Ahly pull one back? Monterrey haven't been able to hold on to possession.
  • 80'
    Yellow Card Wael Gomaa
  • 80'
    Delgado has been taken off by coach V. Vucetich as in comes Héctor Miguel Morales
  • 79'
    SubstitutionC. Delgado H. Morales
  • 78'
    CHANCE! Monterrey goalkeeper is in top form as he saves an attempt from Aboutrika.
  • 77'
    SubstitutionWaleed Soliman Gedo
  • 77'
    CHANCE! De Nigris releases Delgado who in turn squares the ball for Cardozo whose shot is blocked. The ball goes to Delgado again and his cross at the far post could have been converted had his players been a bit more quick.
  • 75'
    The game has slowed down with a quarter of an hour to go.
  • 73'
    J. Orozco has been in top form as he punches a dangerous cross from the right.
  • 70'
    Al-Ahly have got the ambition to score but they haven't created many chances.
  • 68'
    Waleed Soliman hasn't been in good form this evening as his crosses are way off target. He has been woeful after the break.
  • 67'
    Farouk Essam says: Flop offside trap from Ahly defenders. There is a risk when using this method and must be warned as the defensive line must be awake all time, another easy goal by Monterrey
  • 67'
    STAT: This is the first time a player in a Mexican team has scored three goals in a Club World Cup.
  • 66'
    Assist Neri Raúl Cardozo
  • 66'
    Goal C. Delgado
  • 66'
    GOAL! Delgado scores as he chips over Mahmoud El Saoud. De Nigris sent in a through ball for who in turn N. Cardozo released Delgado.
  • 64'
    CLOSE! Abdalla El Said's shot was parried away by J. Orozco. The ball went as far as Hamdy whose shot was also block for a corner.
  • 63'
    SubstitutionJ. Corona A. Carreño
  • 63'
    Farouk Essam says: Egyptian team has improved a lot in the second half with many dangerous chances. But the strikers must concentrate
  • 62'
    SubstitutionAhmed Fathy Mohamed Barakat
  • 62'
    Eric Gomez says: Monterrey has come up more than lucky on one or two occasions now in the second half. Al-Ahly have had the draw if not for their own mistakes or Orozco's excellent interventions in the back. Monterrey are closer to making history in the 2012 CWC.
  • 62'
    Another substitution for Al-Ahly
  • 61'
    STAT: Monterrey have been flagged offside on six occasions so far.
  • 59'
    Al-Ahly supporters have lit a road flare. Big no-no in Japan! But security have their hands full with Corinthians supporters so they may let it slide.
  • 58'
    STAT: On four occasions, the tie for the third place had to be decided on penalties.
  • 56'
    SAVE! Al Sayed Hamdy makes an instant impact as he shoots on his second touch which is well saved by Orozco.
  • 54'
    Abdalla El Said's first real contribution of the game as his shot goes straight into the hands of Orozco
  • 53'
    Al-Ahly make their first substitution as Al Sayed Hamdy has been brought in to replace Emad Moteab by coach Hossam El Badry
  • 52'
    SubstitutionEmad Moteab Al-Sayed Hamdy
  • 51'
    Aboutrika is still looking for his fifth goal at the Club World Cup. He shoots and J. Orozco dives to his left to save.
  • 50'
    De Nigris sends in a through ball for Delgado between two Al-Ahly players but the Argentine falls to ground under pressure.
  • 48'
    The two teams still taking time to settle into the game.
  • 47'
    Delgado's shot comes off Mohamed Naguib for a flag-kick. From the cornerkick, goalkeeper Mahmoud El Saoud punches it clear.
  • 46'
    And Monterrey get us underway here...
  • Eric Gomez says: Monterrey is holding on to an early goal that they have not been yet able to build on in later minutes. The team has become stagnant in midfield and have allowed Al-Ahly to move the ball throughout the pitch. Their counter attack strategy has not yet been effective. Changes in tactics are required for the second half.
  • 45' + 1'
    Half-time: Al-Ahly 0-1 Monterrey: Join us in fifteen minutes for all the second half action.
  • 44'
    Ayovi sent in a through ball to Delgado and Mahmoud El Saoud came off his line to clear the danger.
  • 42'
    It is night already at 17:10 here in Yokohama, stadium 2/3 full, Corinthians supporters very vocal already
  • 41'
    CLOSE! Aboutrika's diving header went wide of the left post after receiving a cross from the left.
  • 40'
    Ayovi releases Delgado on the right but the Argentine cannot deliver a pinpoint cross as it is cleared by the Al-Ahly defence
  • 39'
    Eric Gomez shares his thoughts on Monterrey's performance: Al-Ahly has equalized the intensity that Monterrey showed at the start of the match and the Egyptian squad has started to trouble Vucetich's side. Monterrey has definitely lowered its intensity from the early going and seem content to wait out the African team's attacks in order to strike with a counter attack.
  • 38'
    Soliman gave the ball to Ahmed Fathy which went straight into J. Orozco's hands.
  • 37'
    Farouk Essam says: There are no dangerous attacks from the wings, despite starting with two wingers in the game, Ahly must rely on the wings in attacks Moawod and Fathy need to support the wingers in both sides
  • 35'
    Aboutrika found Emad Moteab who was through on goal but a sliding tackle from a Monterrey defender saves the danger.
  • 34'
    The stadium may be quiet except for the dedicated Al-Ahly fans, but it already appears to be much fuller than Thursday's semifinal
  • 34'
    Ahmed Fathy does a one-two and shoots which J. Orozco saves for Monterrey
  • 33'
    Jesus Corona was through after Ayovi released him but he failed to trap the ball. He was onside there!
  • 32'
    A cross to De Nigris from the right who attempted an overhead kick which goalkeeper Mahmoud El Saoud collected.
  • 30'
    OFF THE POST! Waleed Soliman won a free-kick on the left and his ensuing shot saw Emad Moteab's header come off the post.
  • 29'
    Nothing happening on the pitch but the Corinthias supporters are entering the stadium, and their voices can be heard loud and clear!
  • 28'
    STAT: Al-Ahly have had 51% ball possession so far in the game.
  • 27'
    Foul by De Nigris and he gives away the possession. Al-Ahly are passing the ball well. Waleed Soliman takes a touch and with his second shoots but goes above the bar. Decent attempt.
  • 24'
    S. Meza's flick to W. Ayoví inside the box who sent in a through ball for Delgado who in turn tried to square it for Corona but it went wide.
  • 21'
    Waleed Soliman's shot is blocked after he got at the end of a through-ball
  • 20'
    Cleared easily...Mohamed Aboutrika's cross from the left wing is easily cleared away by the Monterrey backline
  • 19'
    Waleed Soliman has been warned by the referee after fouling the opposition players twice in a minute.
  • 18'
    Eric Gomez speaks on Monterrey's performance: Blazing start from Monterrey. Jesus Corona has been a revelation for the Rayados in this tournament and his sparkling form continues. The style for both teams is inmensely attractive to the spectator, both teams are getting good chances and good, long spells of possession in the start. Al-Ahly will look to pressure Monterrey going forward, but Rayados will likely try for the counter attack.
  • 16'
    Farouk Essam says: African champions conceded a strange goal from simplistic mistake, Ahly suffers from a space in the middle of the pitch and Aboutrika should go back and cover this defect
  • 14'
    The atmosphere at the stadium is at the moment very quiet. Some far away chanting from Al -Ahly supporters, but from the pitch we can hear clearly the players' voices calling the ball...
  • 13'
    Al-Ahly and Monterrey are passing the ball in the midfield. Neither side being able to get on top of the proceedings.
  • 8'
    Yellow Card ashour
  • 8'
    Al-Ahly and Monterrey are passing the ball in the midfield. Neither side being able to get on top of the proceedings.
  • 5'
    Monterrey are looking the better of the two sides today. Al-Ahly are struggling to find their feet.
  • 3'
    Goal J. Corona
  • 3'
    GOAL! S. Meza and Cardozo head between themselves with the latter releasing Jesus Corona. A misunderstanding between goalkeeper Mahmoud El Saoud and Sayed Moawad saw the ball fall to Corona who tapped it into an empty net
  • 2'
    A through-ball to De Nigris by Corona but the linesman raises his flag. Early scare for Al-Ahly
  • 1'
    And Al-Ahly get us underway
  • Eric Gomez says: Not a bad showing for Monterrey in the stands, TV feeds showing a healthy number of Monterrey supporters chanting their way into the stadium. In the tunnel, the team looks motivated and focused for a match that could very well see them making history for the country and the confederation. Al-Ahly is no stranger to CONCACAF opposition though, and will look to stifle the Rayados' bid for third place.
  • This is Rahul Bali with you and keep sending us your thoughts, predictions on the game @rahulatma on Twitter
  • STAT: The CONCACAF champions have won just one of their last seven competitive fixtures.
  • An interesting stat for you: Al-Ahly are the only side participating in the Club World Cup to field a squad consisting only of domestic players.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Eric Gomez, Goal.coms Latin American football expert, says: Monterrey will aim to obtain CONCACAF's best showing in the Club World Cup since 2005, when Saprissa won third place. No Mexican team has been able to achieve a podium spot in the CWC since Necaxa did it in the inaugural edition of the competition in 2000. Notable for Monterrey is the switch in the starting lineup at right back. Sergio Perez was eaten alive by Chelsea attackers in the semifinal, and will be replaced by Ricardo Osorio tonight.
  •'s expert on Egyptian football, Farouk Essam says: AL-Ahly has returned to Yokohama again competing for a 3rd place in Club World Cup and they want to regain their medal in 2006. The Egyptian team has injuries and some exhausted elements from the last couple of matches. so the manager will make some changes in the starting XI giving the chance to some players who will appear for the first time in the championship
  • It's a sunny day in Yokohama, with a high of 17C keeping everyone warm. A low of 9C is expected by the final whistle.
  • Monterrey's lineup: Orozco, Meza, Mier, Basanta, Osorio, Ayoví, Cardozo, Corona, Chávez, De Nigris, Delgado
  • Here are the lineups of Al-Ahly: Abou Al-Soud, Fathy, Gomaa, Najuib, Mouawad, Rami Rabiea, Ashour, Soliman, AL-Said, Aboutrika, Motaeb
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