Pitso Mosimane’s Al Ahly beat Palmeiras 3-2 on penalties to finish in third place at the Fifa Club World Cup in Qatar on Thursday evening.
Mohamed El Shenaway was the hero of the night as he saved two penalties in the shootout at the education City Stadium in Al Rayyan.
The third and fourth playoff encounter ended goalless after 90 minutes with Al Ahly matching their best position of third place at the Club World Cup, which they achieved back in the 2006 playoff edging Mexico’s Club America 2-1 in Japan.
The African champions had a bright start as they had a great opportunity midway through the first half. A mistake by Felipe Melo enabled Amr Elsoulia to go through on goal, but he pulled his shot wide.
Mohamed Afsha spurned another good chance for the Egyptians and Rony twice threatened for Palmeiras, but the opening 45 minutes finished goalless.
The Brazilians came out for the second half in search of a breakthrough and Rony and Patrick de Paula quickly missed attempts.
In the 66th minute, Elsoulia’s fine volley forced Weverton into a smart save. Junior Ajayi fired home the rebound, but the Nigerian was adjudged to have been offside.
Patrick did well to hold off his marker and power into the Ahly area, but he pulled his fierce, low drive wide of the post in the 80th minute and the contest went to a shootout.
Only one of the first five penalties was scored and, ultimately, Luiz Adriano’s miss, El Shenaway’s denials of Rony and Felipe Melo, cost Palmeiras.
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By FARPost Reporter