Club World Cup: Al Ahly through to face Bayern as Gignac inspires Tigres

Club World Cup: Al Ahly through to face Bayern as Gignac inspires Tigres

Bayern Munich will face Al Ahly in the semi-finals of the Club World Cup after the African champions knocked out home favourites Al Duhail on Thursday.

The clash at Education City Stadium in Al Rayyan was settled by a fine strike from Hussein El Shahat 30 minutes in, the winger finding the bottom-left corner from the edge of the box after Bassam Hisham had lost possession.

Walter Bwalya, who forced the defensive error, tucked away a composed finish but saw the goal disallowed for offside following a VAR review.

Qatari champions Al Duhail improved after the break, but Pitso Mosimane’s men were relatively comfortable as they saw out the 1-0 victory.

Al Ahly will meet Bayern on Monday as the European champions bid to win the tournament for the second time.

The other semi-final will see Copa Libertadores holders Palmeiras face Tigres, who defeated Ulsan Hyundai 2-1 in the earlier game.

The K League 1 side, who won their second AFC Champions League in 2020, went ahead through Kim Kee-hee’s 24th-minute header.

Andre-Pierre Gignac equalised from close range and Tigres’ all-time leading goalscorer made it 2-1 from the penalty spot just before half-time.

The CONCACAF champions will be back in action against Palmeiras on Monday.

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