Real Madrid whipped the Egyptian side to play with Saudi Arabia’s Al Hilal on Saturday in Rabat, Morocco.
9 Feb 2023
Real Madrid have gotten their spot in the Club World Cup last with a 4-1 win against Egyptian club Al Ahly to save alive their mission for a record-expanding eighth world title.
Vinícius Júnior, Federico Valverde, Rodrygo and Sergio Arribas scored for the Spanish side at the sold-out Ruler Moulay Abdallah Arena in the Moroccan capital, Rabat, on Wednesday, to set up a conflict with Al Hilal in Saturday’s conclusive. The Saudi group stunned Brazilian club Flamengo 3-2 on Tuesday.
Real Madrid have brought home the world club championship a record multiple times, including multiple times when the opposition was known as the Intercontinental Cup. They are currently pursuing their most memorable world club title starting around 2018.
Al Ahly, who beat MLS side Seattle Sounders and New Zealand’s Auckland City en route to the elimination rounds, remained tight at the back and Madrid at first worked to separate them.
Ali Maaloul scored the solitary objective for Al Ahly, before Rodrygo and Arribas fixed the triumph for Madrid in stoppage time. It was the main objective for the 21-year-old Arribas with Madrid’s most memorable group.
Vinícius opened the scoring in the 42nd moment for his 50th objective in 202 coordinates with Madrid. Valverde added to the lead from the get-go in the final part.
Madrid were without six harmed players who didn’t make a trip to Morocco, including striker Karim Benzema, safeguard Éder Militão and goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois.
Ancelotti said Benzema and Militão will rejoin their partners for the last, yet Courtois, forward Eden Risk and safeguards Ferland Mendy and Lucas Vázquez won’t make it.
Madrid had been battling as of late, having won just two of their last seven matches in a spell that remembered rout against rivals Barcelona for the Spanish Super Cup last in Saudi Arabia.
Madrid won the Club World Cup in 2014 – likewise in Morocco – and from 2016 to 2018. Different titles – in 1960, 1998 and 2002 – came in the Intercontinental Cup.
The last time a non-European group won the Club World Cup was in 2012, when Brazil’s Corinthians beat Chelsea 1-0 in Japan.