Experience gained from Al Ahly game, says Benatia

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Experience gained from Al Ahly game, says Benatia

- Yasmine El Tohamy - Al-Duhail defender Medhi Benatia believes his side will learn from their defeat against African champions Al Ahly.

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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In the 30th minute, Walter Bwalya stole the ball from Karim Boudiaf just outside the penalty area and passed it to Hussein El-Shahat, whose low-driven shot hit the back of the net.

And former Bayern Munich and Juventus defender Medhi Benatia has lamented the mistake which led to the goal; however, believing that facing Al Ahly will help them improve in the future.

“We gained a lot of experience from today’s game,” Benatia said after the game.

“We were not good in the first-half, unlike the second one in which we showed who are Al-Duhail.

“During the first-half, we made a mistake which resulted in a goal, but we should focus on the next game now and be proud of ourselves.

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Mehdi Benatia
Photo: Al-Duhail SC

“We must fight in the next game. We need to believe in ourselves and follow the manager’s tactics,” he added.

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Al Ahly will now face European champions Bayern Munich Monday, February 8 at Ahmed bin Ali Stadium in Al Rayyan.

Meanwhile, Al-Duhail will be up against South Korea’s Ulsan Hyundai in the fifth-placed playoff.

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