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Fluminense Secure Final Spot with 2-0 Victory over Al-Ahly in FIFA Club World Cup

Fluminense Secure Final Spot with 2-0 Victory over Al-Ahly in FIFA Club World Cup

In a gripping semi-final clash at the King Abdullah Sport City Stadium in Jeddah, Fluminense secured their place in the 2023 FIFA Club World Cup final with a 2-0 victory over Al-Ahly.

The Brazilians, representing the Copa Libertadores champions, showcased their prowess as they overcame the African Champions League victors in a thrilling encounter.

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The Match Dynamics

The game was a tale of woodwork and last-ditch tackles, with both teams displaying intense, full-blooded football. Fluminense’s Jhon Arias proved to be a key player, twice striking the woodwork in the first half, setting the stage for a high-stakes clash. Al-Ahly, backed by a vociferous following, showed resilience, with Percy Tau threatening early on, only to be denied by a superb tackle from Fluminense’s Felipe Melo.

The Turning Point

Arias, relentless in his pursuit, finally broke the deadlock on 71 minutes by converting a penalty after a foul on the experienced Marcelo, formerly of Real Madrid and Brazil. The goal shifted the momentum in Fluminense’s favor, putting them in the driving seat for a spot in the final.

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Late Drama and Confirmation

Despite a late surge from Al-Ahly and missed opportunities, Fluminense secured their victory in the 89th minute with a stellar strike from substitute John Kennedy. The Brazilians’ resilience and clinical finishing booked their place in the final, where they await the winner of the clash between Manchester City and Urawa Red Diamonds.

Key Moments

  • Arias hitting the woodwork twice in the first half.
  • Felipe Melo’s crucial tackle on Percy Tau in the 18th minute.
  • Fabio’s reflex save to deny Hussein Elshahat’s effort in the second half.
  • Arias converting a penalty on 71 minutes after Marcelo was fouled.
  • Kennedy’s sublime 89th-minute strike sealing Fluminense’s victory.

Fluminense’s journey to the final adds an exciting dimension to the 2023 FIFA Club World Cup. As they await their opponents, Manchester City or Urawa Red Diamonds, the Brazilians have showcased their mettle, making them a formidable force in the quest for the prestigious title. Stay tuned for more updates as the footballing world eagerly anticipates the grand finale.

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