Al Ahly claimed the first win in the 2023 FIFA Club World Cup in Morocco, knocking Auckland City out of the tournament.

Iran PressAfrica: Hussein El Shahat, Mohamed Sherif, and Percy Tau all scored as Egyptian side Al Ahly cruised to a 3-0 victory over Auckland City at the Club World Cup in Morocco on Wednesday to set up a second-round tie against Seattle Sounders.

Ahly, who have won the bronze medal in the previous two editions, dominated the contest at the Ibn Batouta Stadium in Tangier and now look forward to a far more testing outing against Major League Soccer opposition at the same venue on Saturday.

The Cairo club had to wait until first-half injury time for their opener against the Oceania champions, which came when El Shahat cut inside from the left wing and unleashed a low drive from 30 yards that beat goalkeeper Conor Tracey.

It was 2-0 on 56 minutes after Sherif beat the offside trap and slipped the ball past Tracey to end the game as a contest with Auckland unable to muster much in terms of an attacking threat.

South Africa international Tau added a late third with a simple finish following a brilliant back-heel assist by Kahraba.

The winner of the match between Ahly and Sounders will face Real Madrid in the semi-finals.

Home favorites and African champions Wydad Casablanca tackle Saudi Arabia’s Al-Hilal in their second-round tie on Saturday. The victor in that fixture will meet Brazilian outfit Flamengo in the semi-finals.

Football's FIFA Club World Cup 2022 takes place in Rabat and Tangier, Morocco, from 1 February to 11 February 2023, and will crown a world club champion after a tournament featuring each continent's top club.


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