Ayman Ashraf named MOTM in Club World Cup opener

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Ayman Ashraf named MOTM in Club World Cup opener

- Yasmine El Tohamy - Al Ahly defender Ayman Ashraf has been named as man of the match following his solid defensive performance against Al Duhail in the Club World Cup opener.

The Reds have qualified for the semi-finals of the 2020 Club World Cup after beating hosts Al Duhail 1-0, thanks to Hussein El-Shahat’s strike.

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During the first-half, Al Ahly totally dominated the game and could have scored once again, but the VAR ruled Walter Bwalya’s strike for offside.

It was in the second-half when the defensive line led by, Ayman Ashraf, Badr Benoun, and Mohamed El-Shennawy were needed on more than one occasion to secure the win for the Cairo giants.

And therefore, team vice-captain Ayman Ashraf was awarded the Man of the Match award for his exceptional defensive performance which kept both Michael Olunga and Almoez Ali quiet all game.

Ashraf, 29, is a product of Al Ahly youth sector, having been promoted to the first-team in 2012, before enjoying a four-year spell at Smouha.

Overall with the Reds, he made over 150 games, winning five league titles, one CAF Champions League, one Egypt Cup, and one Egypt Super Cup.

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Ashraf will hope to replicate today’s performance when the Reds’ face European champions Bayern Munich Monday, February 8 at Ahmed bin Ali Stadium in Al Rayyan.

In case the Reds managed to achieve a miracle and reach the final, they will face either Brazil’s Palmeiras or UANL Tigers of Mexico.

The same thing will happen for the Pitso Mosimane’s men if they lose, but they will play the loser of the other encounter in the third-placed playoff.

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