In a riveting contest at the Club World Cup in Saudi Arabia, African champions Al Ahly showcased their unwavering determination, securing a thrilling 4-2 victory over Japan’s Urawa Reds to claim the coveted bronze medal.
The Egyptian giants, known for their fighting spirit, staged a dramatic comeback in an end-to-end clash that had fans on the edge of their seats.
Yasser Ibrahim and Percy Tau set the stage for Ahly, netting crucial goals that initially put the Egyptians in control.
However, Urawa Reds fought back with Jose Kante’s curling strike, and Alexander Scholz leveled the score early in the second half from the penalty spot, following a VAR decision that adjudged Mohamed Hany’s handball.
Hany, who initially faced disappointment as the alleged culprit, swiftly transformed into the hero, reclaiming the lead for Ahly with a deflected shot off Yoshio Koizumi.
The rollercoaster continued as Ali Maaloul sealed the victory in deep stoppage time, curling a magnificent last-minute free-kick to ignite joyous celebrations.
Despite the heartbreak of a semi-final loss to Fluminense, Ahly’s decorated veterans, including Hany and Maaloul, can now return home with pride.
The heroic comeback not only secured the Egyptian club a record-extending fourth Club World Cup bronze medal but also demonstrated their resilience and prowess on the international stage.
The six-goal thriller will be etched in the memories of fans as Al Ahly added another remarkable chapter to their storied football legacy.