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Dubai - Yasmine El Tohamy - Al Ahly skipper and goalkeeper Mohamed El-Shennawy has expressed his delight with the victory over Al-Duhail in the Club World Cup.
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.
However, the heroes of the match was Al Ahly’s defensive line, led by Mohamed El-Shennawy, who made a number of spectacular saves to secure the win for the Reds.
This is became the only second time that Al Ahly managed to keep a clean sheet in the Club World Cup, with the last one coming in 2006 when they beat Auckland City 2-0, the game which saw Essam El-Hadary starting between the sticks.
Speaking after the game El-Shennawy said: “The technical staff was keen on studying Al-Duhail the past week, especially as they have very strong attacking options.
“We were the better side during the first-half, because the opponents were playing with only one striker.
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“In the second-half, the circumstances changed as we were 1-0 up.
“We played a solid game and the most important thing is the win. We could have scored more than once, but I am happy to keep a clean sheet.
“The next game against Bayern Munich will be very difficult and we will prepare hard for it. I hope to perform well in the semi-finals.
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Al Ahly will now face European champions Bayern Munich Monday, February 8 at Ahmed bin Ali Stadium in Al Rayyan.
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