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Ighalo’s Al Hilal to face Flamengo in Club World Cup semis

Ighalo’s Al Hilal to face Flamengo in Club World Cup semis

Odion Ighalo’s Al Hilal will face Brazil’s Flamengo in the semi-final of the ongoing FIFA Club World Cup set to hold at Grande Stage de Tanger on Tuesday after their win over hosts Wydad Casablanca on Saturday.

Al Hilal, 2022 Asian Champions League winners on Saturday defeated 2022 CAF Champions League winners Wydad 5-3 on penalties after regulation and extra time had ended 1-1 at the Prince Moulay Abdellah Stadium in Rabat, Morocco. 

Right-back Ayoub El Amloud scored the opener for the hosts in the 52nd minute while the Saudi Arabia side got their equaliser in the 94th minute from the penalty spot which was converted by Mohamed Kanno. 

Kanno was sent off for a second yellow card offence four minutes into extra time and will miss the semis against Flamengo. Wydad were reduced to 10-men in the 91st minute when midfielder Yahya Jabrane was shown a second yellow card.

The Nigerian who recently returned from an hamstring injury was thrown into the fray for the Asian Champions League winners to increase their attacking threat but the former Manchester United man fired blanks and was replaced by Saleh Al-Shehri in the 82nd minute. 

In the other second round match, Africa’s most successful football club Al Ahly beat CONCACAF representative Seattle Sounders 1-0 on Saturday to book a semi-final place against UEFA Champions league winner Real Madrid. 

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