In the semi-finals of the 2023 FIFA Club World Cup, which will take place on Monday at King Abdullah Sports City, Fluminense will compete against Al Ahly.
After winning their very first Copa Libertadores trophy in November, Fluminense will be participating in the competition for the very first time with this season. For the 2023 Brazilian Serie A season, they finished seventh in the standings, and in their final game of the season, they were defeated by Gremio by a score of 3-2 at home.
Although Jhon Arias and John Kennedy both found the back of the net for them, it was Luis Suarez who proved to be the hero for Gremio. He scored a brace that helped his team finish in second place in the league table, only two points behind Palmeiras, who were the champions.
An easy victory over Al Ittihad by a score of 3-1 on Friday allowed Al Ahly to secure a spot in the semifinals of the competition. Ali Maaloul, Hussein El Shahat, and Emam Ashour scored goals for them, allowing them to make the most of their newfound experience in the game, which is their tenth time participating in the competition.
In the 90th minute, Anthony Modeste was sent a red card and is now suspended for the remainder of the match. Karim Benzema scored the consolation goal for the Saudi squad in the second minute of added time. Al Ittihad made the most of their numerical advantage and scored the goal.
Key figures and head-to-head match between Fluminense and Al Ahly.
In this first-ever competitive matchup, the two sides will square off. In 1961, they played a friendly match in Cairo, and Brazil came out on top, 2-1.
In the Club World Cup, Al Ahly have faced Brazilian teams five times. They lost 4-2 to Flamengo in previous year’s third-place playoff match.
With two losses in a row, Fluminense has let in four goals and scored twice in that time.With five games ending in draws, Al Ahly have gone nine games without losing in all competitions.
In three of their previous five games, they have maintained a clean sheet.
Forecast: Fluminense vs. Al Ahly.
During the month of December, Fluzão has experienced defeats in both of their games, and they will endeavor to regain their winning ways. After eight days, they will finally compete against one another, and head coach Fernando Diniz will be hoping that his players have had the time to recover in preparation for the encounter.
The fact that they have Marcelo, who has won the FIFA Club World Cup four times, in their ranks means that his experience will be beneficial in this situation. The hosts have assembled a roster of 23 players for the competition, and all of them have performed admirably in their training sessions. This includes the defender Samuel Xavier, who has made a full recovery from an injury.
Since September, Nadi El Watanniyah have only suffered a single defeat in all competitions, and they are now riding a nine-game unbeaten streak heading into this encounter. In their last six matches, they have scored fewer than 2.5 goals in four of those matches, while also maintaining three clean sheets and failing to score twice during that span.
In their battle against Al Ittihad, they were able to pull off an upset, and it is possible that they will continue to achieve similar results in this match. We believe that Al Ahly will emerge victorious by a razor-thin margin, taking into account the fact that they have a long history of competing in this area.