The penalty shootout began with a strike by Ah-Badr Ahly’s Banoun. And then there were as many as five shots waiting for a goal. It was just 1-1 after the third quarter, with players either hitting the post or going past the target, and when they struck correctly, the goalkeepers deflected their shots.
A goal was scored by Junior Ajayi in the last series for Al-Ahly. The experienced Felipe Melo scored for the Palmeiras side, but Mohamed El Shenawy interpreted his attempt brilliantly. The Egyptians won 3:2 in penalty kicks and they are the ones who ended third in the Club World Cup.
After beating Copa Libertadores champions Palmeiras on post-match penalties at the Education City Stadium in Al Rayyan, Qatar, on Thursday, African champions Al Ahly finished third in this year’s FIFA Club World Cup.
After the game ended goalless after regular time with no extra time being played, Al Ahly won the penalty shootout 3-2.
In a match that saw the Brazilian side dominate possession and create more chances than their Egyptian opponents, both defenses held firm.
After Palmeiras goalkeeper Weverton parried away Amr El-acrobatic Sulaya’s volley, Junior Ajayi felt he had broken the deadlock halfway through the second half after he tapped in from close range.
His goal was, however, ruled out for offside.
After six penalties were taken and both teams missing two out of their first three spot-kicks, the shootout was level at 1-1.
The next two penalties for Al Ahly would then be scored by Mohamed Hany and Ajayi, and while Gustavo Gomez scored the fourth for Palmeiras, veteran Brazilian midfielder Felipe Melo missed the decisive penalty for Al Ahly’s win.
The sixth participation of Al Ahly in the tournament saw them equal their best-ever finish in the tournament. In 2006, following a 2-1 victory over Mexican side Club América, they also finished third.
Next, the Egyptian giants are scheduled to lead off the African Champions League title defense against Sudan’s Al-Merreikh on Tuesday.