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Benzema misses penalty as African Champions Al Ahly tear apart Al Ittihad at Club World Cup

The African Champions, Al Ahly, showcased their dominance by eliminating the highly regarded Al-Ittihad team from the Club World Cup, securing a remarkable 3-1 victory at the King Abdullah Sports City Stadium.

Despite being considered the underdogs, Al Ahly took control early in the game, establishing their lead with a goal from Ali Maalool via a penalty in the 21st minute.


Former Real Madrid profilic striker, Karim Benzema who is currently playing for Al-Ittihad had an opportunity to equalize just before halftime but was thwarted by El Shenawy’s save.

In the second half, the Red Devils extended their lead as Hussein El Shahat found the net, followed swiftly by Eman Ashour increasing the advantage three minutes later.

With three goals in less than an hour, the Egyptian team gained control of the match, managing the game despite Al-Ittihad’s persistent attacking efforts. The final moments saw Al Ahly reduced to ten men when French forward Anthony Modeste was shown a red card.

Benzema managed to score a late goal, redeeming himself, but it came too late as the 11-time African champions progressed to the third round.

Al-Ittihad had previously secured a victory against Auckland City FC in the first round, with Benzema and N’Golo Kante both finding the target.

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