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December 9, 2012
• Toyota Stadium, Toyota
• Attendance: 27314
H. Satō 32'
Al Sayed Hamdy 15'
Mohamed Abo Trika 57'
Join us for the match report and ratings. Ciao for now!
Cesare Polenghi, Goal.com's Managing Editor for Asia, says: Sanfrecce was probably the overall best team, also considering they were playing in their home country. However, they missed an industrial quantity of goals, and in football such mistakes are dearly paid. Sato Hisato, the hero of the season, missed a sitter he'll remember till he lives. Sanfrecce fans can still look forward to a match against the Asian champions, Ulsan Hyundai.
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Farouk Essam, Goal.com's expert on African football, says: The African champions invested experienced players and managed to get out an important victory and qualify for the semi-finals after excellent game against the Japanese champions.
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Full-Time: Sanfrecce Hiroshima 1-2 Al Ahly: The Egyptians deservedly book a berth in the semi-finals as the Japanese champions failed to make their chances count.
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Takahagi releases Mikic on the right and his cross goes across the face of the goal. Sato couldn't get to the end of it. Poor stuff from Sato.
Takahagi tried to square the ball to Sato instead of shooting and the chance goes missing for the Japanese champions.
Sanfrecce supporters are urging their team to go forward. Can they score the equaliser?
Takahagi has been the creative fulcrum of Sanfrecce and the player has created several opportunities.
ON TARGET! Ekrami makes a top save as he denies Sato an opportunity to equalise from inside the box.
Sanfrecce would wonder what they need to do to get the ball at the back of the net. They have missed countless chances this evening.
Dan Orlowitz says: Sanfrecce are playing hard and aggressively but their finishing has been atrocious the entire match. Hisato in particular just doesn't seem to have the spark that led him to score 22 goals in the J-League this season.
Yellow Card Wael Gomaa
WHAT A WASTE! Takahagi's through ball to Sato who had all the time in the world to slot the ball home with only the goalkeeper to beat. He sends his shot wide off the target.
Soliman, the Egyptian Messi, is taken off and in comes Mohamed Barakat
Yellow Card Trezeguet
Trezeguet clips Shimizu down. Free-kick for Sanfrecce. Morisaki;s free-kick saw Mizumoto's header go over the bar.
Takahagi sends in an excellent cross to Sato. The striker finds Mikic who cuts inside and his shot was deflected for a corner. The corner-kick, needless to say, is easily cleared by the physical Al Ahly side.
Gedo makes a run from the left for Al Ahly but ends up side-netting in the end.
Shimizu has been impressive on the left as he once again does well to get behind the Al Ahly backline. He pulls the ball back for Sato, who should have been inside the box, and he wastes the opportunity.
Al Ahly make their intentions known as they bring on Trezeguet, who is a defensive midfielder, for an attacking one in Hamdi.
Dan Orlowitz, Goal.com's Japanese expert, says: Both sides calmed down as the second half started, and it seems like a much more balanced match. Aboutrika clearly beat out Chiba to win the ball and Masuda could easily have saved it if he hadn't hesitated. Troubling times for Sanfrecce.
Shimizu sends in another cross from the left but Al Ahly win the ball and keep possession.
WHAT A MISS! Sato only had to toe-poke but he missed it after a receiving a square pass from the left. The Al Ahly goalkeeper averts the danger.
Takahagi's free-kick is poor and is cleared away by the wall.
Shimizu wins a free-kick as he is fouled by Wael Gomaa.
Can Sanfrecce equalise? They are on the back-foot now as Al Ahly are pulling the strings in the middle.
The TV feed just showed a very bundled-up Corinthians watching the match
CLOSE! Gedo and Aboutrika miss their chances as they couldn't direct their header goalwards. Al Ahly are looking dangerous with each move.
Waleed Soliman got in from the left. His shot was deflected and straight into the hands of the goalkeeper.
Takahagi sent in a through-ball for Sato but the goalkeeper came off his line to collect.
Assist Ahmed Fathy
Goal Mohammed Abu Trika
GOAL! Substitute Mohamed Aboutrika scores and gives the African champions the lead yet again. A chip from the right by Fathy over the Sanfrecce defence saw Aboutrika in a one -on- one position and he didn't miss it.
Some better attacking intent from the Egyptians in the second half. Gedo crosses and goalkeeper collects it easily.
Shedeed sends in a cross from the left but Sanfrecce haven't been bothered really.
OFFSIDE! Mikic sends in a cross from the right and Sato is offside by miles. His shot comes off the post though.
Masuda comes off his line to avert the danger as a though-ball from the Al Ahly half saw Gedo get to the end of it.
Gedo tries to square the ball for his team-mate inside the box but is cleared away.
Shimizu went on a mazing run but the ball was cleared in the end by Al Ahly defence.
Al Ahly have kept the ball well for a minute or two. However they will look to create some opportunities which they haven't managed in the first half.
Sanfrecce have made one change to their lineup as Seok-Ho Hwang comes in for Moriwaki.
And we are underway here!
Cesare Polenghi, Goal.com's Managing Editor for Asia, says: A shocking start for Sanfrecce. They lost their goalie in a scary incident, and conceded a goal befor ethey can cope with the shock. They howerer got back in the game, and should have probably scored more. Can they kill it in the second half?
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Half-time at the Toyota Stadium: Sanfrecce Hiroshima 1-1 Al Ahly. Join us in another 15 minutes for all the second half action.
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The passing of Sanfrecce players has been a treat to watch. Takahagi has been the key to all their attacks as he pulls the strings from the midfield.
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Yellow Card ashour
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CLEARED! A through-ball from the right and was cleared away by Al Ahly.
Five minutes of injury time
Sanfrecce are keeping the ball and frustrating Al Ahly who aren't helped by the poor weather conditions too.
ESCAPE! Aoyama and Morisaki do a one-two following which Aoyama is one-on-one with the goalkeeper to beat. He chooses to square the ball for Sato instead of taking a shot. That allows the opposition defender to clear the danger!
Al Ahly aren't seeing much of the ball and it is fair to say that they have lost the momentum after scoring.
Ekrami is receiving treatment after Sato's elbow touched him as he made a clearance.
WHAT A MISS! Mikic gets on the end of a through-ball. He had to square the ball but instead crosses it behind and Takahgi couldn't dispatch the ball home.
Yellow Card Kazuyuki Morisaki
Aboutreka makes his way in for Ghaly has been taken off. Kazu earns a yellow card for a foul from behind on Ashour.
Mohammed Abu Trika
Sanfrecce fans are roaring and that has spurred their players. They have been exceptional for the last 10 minutes or so.
Assist Mihael Mikić
Goal Hisato Sato
GOAL! Sanfrecce win a corner and Al Ahly couldn't clear their lines. Mikic headed it towards Sato who scored with his first touch as the ball went past a hapless Ekrami. The goalkeeper should have done better there
Farouk speaks on Al Ahly's play: The Egyptian champions became quieter after the opening goal.
Hossam Ghaly is on the ground after Takahagi clipped him down. Will he able to continue?
Mizumoto has another crack on goal but wide off the target
CLOSE! Aoyama took the free-kick and the ball landed at the feet of Mizumoto and his attempt from close range produced a save from Ekrami.
Sanfrecce win a free-kick, some 35-yards out.
It's snowing at the Toyota Stadium which isn't an ideal situation for Al Ahly
Sanfrecce look to have settled into the game now. They are passing the ball well and finding spaces to work.
Dan Orlowitz, Goal.com's Japanese expert, says: Nishikawa's injury has rattled the team, and they're struggling to find any sort of rhythm. Masuda is out of his league, and the attack will need to carry the day.
Sanfrecce have a chance of their own as Mikic gets on the end of a through-ball but his cross is wayward and he will not want to see a replay of that for sure.
Farouk, Goal.com's expert on African football, says: "Ahly made an impressive quarter with 85% ball possession and with one dangerous attack which knocked off the Hiroshima goalkeeper. Hamdi netted the first goal after 15 minutes."
Assist Ahmed Fathy
Goal Al-Sayed Hamdy
GOAL! Fathy made a delightful run as he got to the back of the Sanfrecce defence and pulled it back for Hamdy who placed it first time to score. Mikic should have done better defensively there. 1-0 to the Egyptians!
A long ball from their own half was sent for Mikic but the opposition goalkeeper collects it.
Yellow Card Waleed Soliman
Soliman enters the referee's book early in the game for a foul on Moriwaki.
Al Ahly are seeing more of the ball and are a little physical in their approach.
Dan Orlowitz informs that Takuya Masuda has not made a single league appearance!
Nishikawa got a blow on his face as Gedo's knee clattered him up. Early substitution for Hiroshima Sanfrecce. He has been replaced by a 23-year old who is a Sanfrecce fan forever - Masuda.
CHANCE! A ball over the top of Sanfrecce's defence and Gedo almost capitalises on the chance. Good work by Nishikawa as he came off his line to deny Gedo.
Takahagi sends a ball from Sato but the latter is flagged offside.
And we are underway...
Dan Orlowitz, Goal.com's Japanese expert, says: Sanfrecce are playing with the same line-up they used on Thursday night, and they'll be hoping to pick up right where they left off. They'll be playing with the support of 25,000 traveling supporters.
Sanfrecce XI: 1 Nishikawa, 5 Chiba, 4 Mizumoto, 24 Moriwaki, 6 Aoyama, 7 Ko. Morisaki, 8 Ka. Morizaki, 15 Takahagi, 14 Mikic, 27 Shimizu and 11 Sato
Farouk, Goal.com's expert on African football, says: Coach Hossam EL-Badri depends on the African champions league final starting XI with 4-4-2 formation. There was a preference on the left side to start with Ahmed Shedeed rather than Sayed Moawad who was returning from an injury.
From Hisashi, a Sanfrecce Supporter: "So so cold.... I don't think any Egyptians want to play soccer under this circumstance. In that sense, we Sanfrecce are used to this cold weather! I want my team to play aggressively with full confidence and score the first goal!!!!"
Al Ahly XI: 1 Ekrami, 7 Fathi, 6 Gomaa, 23 Najib, 12 Sheded, 25 Ashour, 14 Ghaly, 27 Saeed, 11 Soliman, 18 Hamdy and 15 Gedo
Sanfrecce got off to a slow start on Thursday night when they were held scoreless for over an hour by Oceania champions Auckland City. This season's J-League winners eventually won the match courtesy of a goal by Yoshihiro Aoyama, but Al-Ahly will almost certainly look to follow City's example and attempt to isolate captain and Japanese league MVP Hisato Sato from his team-mates.
Al-Ahly will be looking to reach the podium for the first time in six years when they open their Fifa Club World Cup campaign against Sanfrecce Hiroshima in the second quarter-final match.
Welcome to Goal.com’s LIVE! text commentary on this Club World Cup quarterfinal match between Sanfrecce Hiroshima and Al Ahly. My name is Rahul Bali. I hope you’re excited for this one
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