Elshahat arrow books Al Ahly semi-final with Bayern

4 Feb 2021
  • Ah Ahly SC edged Al Duhail SC

  • Hussein Elshahat got the only goal after 30 minutes

  • They will now face Bayern Munich in the semi-finals

Hussein Elshahat’s superb, 30th-minute strike proved enough for Al Ahly SC to beat Al Duhail SC and secure a FIFA Club World Cup Qatar 2020™ semi-final against Bayern Munich.

The hosts started brightly, but the African champions got into their rhythm after ten minutes and began to dominate. Their reward came on the half-hour, when Walter Bwalya pressured Bassam Hisham into a defensive mistake. The ball broke to Hussein Elshahat, who arrowed a low drive into the bottom corner from just outside the penalty area.

Bwalya thought he had doubled the lead shortly later after he broke the offside trap, but his effort was ruled out for offside.

Al Duhail threatened to equalise just after the hour. Edmilson Junior broke free down the left and fizzed in a cross. Michael Olunga did well to react to it, but Mohamed Elshenawy’s handling was up to the task.

The Qatari outfit continued to probe for an equaliser, but the Egyptians held on for victory. Al Ahly will now face Bayern at Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium on 8 February.

Al Duhail SC 0-1 Al Ahly SC

Salah Mohsen of Al Ahly SC celebrates their team's victory at full-time 

DOHA, QATAR - FEBRUARY 04: Salah Mohsen of Al Ahly SC celebrates their team's victory at full-time after the FIFA Club World Cup Qatar 2020 Second Round match between Al Duhail SC and Al Ahly SC at the Education City Stadium on February 04, 2021 in Doha, Qatar. FIFA are allowing a limited number of spectators (12,000) to be in attendance as Covid-19 pandemic restrictions are eased. (Photo by Simon Holmes - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

Fans of Al Ahly SC show their support as they pose for a photo outside the stadium prior to the FIFA Club World Cup

DOHA, QATAR - FEBRUARY 04: Fans of Al Ahly SC show their support as they pose for a photo outside the stadium prior to the FIFA Club World Cup Qatar 2020 Second Round match between Al Duhail SC and Al Ahly SC at the Education City Stadium on February 04, 2021 in Doha, Qatar. FIFA are allowing a limited number of spectators (12,000) to be in attendance as Covid-19 pandemic restrictions are eased. (Photo by Mohamed Farag - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)