Felipe Melo praises Al Ahly following Club World Cup defeat

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Felipe Melo praises Al Ahly following Club World Cup defeat

- Yasmine El Tohamy - Palmeiras skipper Felipe Melo has expressed his opinion on his club’s defeat to Al Ahly in the Club World Cup.

The Reds had to beat hosts Al Duhail to qualify for the semi-finals, where they lost to European champions Bayern Munich despite a spirited performance.

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Brazilian club Palmeiras was the obstacle between them and a place on the podium as they aimed to grab the bronze medal for the second time in history after the 2006 version.

The game headed into penalties following a 0-0 draw, with Mohamed El-Shennawy saving two penalties, leading the Reds to a historic achievement.

37-year-old Felipe Melo was the one to step up for Palmeiras decisive penalty; however, he was denied by El-Shennawy to award Al Ahly the win.

Speaking after the game, Melo said: “We made mistakes, but we played a good game and showed improvement from the first game.

“We did what we trained for, but Al Ahly was more efficient, and unfortunately we lost.

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“We played against two different footballing schools. Firstly against the Mexican one, where the coach remains with his team for 30 years.

“Then against a team that made Bayern Munich go through difficult times. We dropped back not to concede a decisive goal and then lost in penalties.

“It was important for them to win, and we came out of the match with our heads held high,” the former Juventus player added.

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