Al-Ahly vs Palmeiras: Conmebol makes a fool of itself in the Club World Cup

AFP

Doha, Qatar / 11.02.2021 12:08:06

The Palm Trees Brazilian, champion of the Copa Libertadores, consummated the debacle in the World Clubes de Qatar al lose this Thursday in the penalty shootout (3-2 after a 0-0 draw) his match for third place against Al-Ahly Egyptian.

Both teams offered a not very showy game, with ‘Verdao’ showing signs of fatigue. The match was settled from eleven meters without going through the extension to be disputed in the Education City Stadium from Rayan.

The Palm Trees, who had lost in the semifinals to Tigers (1-0), sealed the worst historical performance for the Conmebol area in this competition.

On the previous four occasions that the Libertadores champion lost in the semifinals, the South American representative saved the honor by winning the consolation match.

So it was before with two Brazilian formations, Inter from Porto Alegre (2010) and Atlético Mineiro (2013), as well as with the National Athletic Colombian (2016) and the River Plate Argentine (2018).

Despite the higher individual quality of the players led by the Portuguese Abel Ferreira, the African champion jumped onto the grass with a little more ambition and offensive bite.

The Brazilians improved in the second act, but without creating real danger before the goal defended by Mohamed El-Shenawy.

Already in the criminal resolution, the decisions of Ron, Luiz Adriano Y Felipe Melo made the stop of Weverton and the throw to the post in two penalties of the Al-Ahly, that equaled with this third place his best performance in a Club World Cup (2006). Only the TP Mazembe from Democratic Republic of Congo, finalist in 2010, and Raja Casablanca Moroccan, runner-up also in 2013, can boast of having gone further among African teams.

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