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Dubai - Yasmine El Tohamy - Former Barcelona and Argentina international midfielder, Javier Mascherano, said that Al Ahly proved that Egyptian football is quickly developing.
Al Ahly surprised many following their reliable performance against European champions Bayern Munich in the Club World Cup semi-finals.
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The Red Devils suffered a 2-0 defeat, but their defense was highly praised after managing to stop the Bavarians’ dangerous wingers.
During the FIFA legends press conference, Mascherano praised Al Ahly for their performance and said that its proof of that Egyptian football is on the rise.
“For my part, I was particularly impressed by Al Ahly against Bayern Munich, because they were facing a giant opponent,” said the 36-year-old
“It is clear, of course, that one team was controlling the match, but I think that Al Ahly also competed at the same level.
“And since they reached the semi-finals, I think they fought until the end,” he added.
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“Thus, they left an impression of how Egyptian football developed, and it is evident that they play on the highest level to have reached this tournament.
“As I also said, Mohamed Salah took Egyptian football to a new level.
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“Al Ahly, with the level of performance that they played against Bayern, Salah is not the exception to the rule.
“But Egyptian football is the product of continuous hard work in recent years,” he concluded.
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Al Ahly will now face Copa Libertadores champions Palmeiras in the third-place encounter on Thursday, February 11.
Meanwhile, Bayern will face CONCACAF champions Tigres UANL in the Club World Cup final later on the same day.
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