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VIDEO: Guerrero’s header downs Ahly to send Corinthians through to the Club World Cup final

booked their place in the final of the 2012 after securing a narrow 1-0 victory over Egyptian African champions Al-Ahly.

The Brazilian Copa Libertadores champions managed a narrow 1-0 victory over Egyptian CAF Champions League winners Al-Ahly to secure their place in the Club World Cup final for the first time since 2000.

Ex-Bayern Munich striker Paulo Guerrero scored Corinthians’s only goal shortly before the half-hour mark with a well taken header from Douglas’s high cross.

Al-Ahly came into the game missing their injured key midfielder Hossam Ghaly. The club’s captain suffered a cruciate ligament injury  in the quarter final game versus Sanfrecce Hiroshima and is expected to be out for at least 6 months. Ahly manager Hossam El-Badry opted to play with the exact same line-up, replacing Ghaly with young centre-back Rami Rabia.

Although Guerrero scored first for the Brazilian side, it was Al-Ahly who wasted an assortment of chances as the game progressed. Chances from Rabia, El-Sayed Hamdy and were squandered as the Egyptian club failed to capitalize on the constant applied pressure and chances. To make matters worse, Egyptian goalkeeper made way for Abou El-Saoud in the second half after suffering a hamstring injury that will likely keep him out of the club’s final game in the third place play-off. After coming on in the second half, Abou-Treika’s influence on the game grew, but failed to inspire an Al-Ahly comeback, as the Brazilians held out for a narrow 1-0 victory.

Corinthians will play the winner from Chelsea/CF Monterrey for the Club World Cup while Al-Ahly still have a chance to earn some silverware as they face off the loser in the third place game. Both games are played on the 16th of December.

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Co-founder of KingFut.com and a Cairo-based journalist with over 5 years of experience in sports journalism. Working previously in Goal.com international, a Sports Editor of READ Newspaper, doing TV punditry and freelancing in various blogs and publications. He’ll be bringing all this experience to King Fut.

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  1. ADHAM K

    December 14, 2012 at 11:47 AM

    PROUD OF ALL THE PLAYERS AND STAFF AT AL AHLY

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