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Last Updated: Sunday, 17 December 2006, 11:18 GMT
Ahly take Club World third place
Al Ahly celebrate third spot at the Club World Championship
Al Ahly celebrate third spot at the Club World Championship
Egyptian side Ahly clinched third spot in the Club World Championship by beating Club America from Mexico 2-1.

African champions Ahly took the lead after 42 minutes from a free-kick by Mohamed Aboutrika.

Club America responded on the hour when Salvador Cabanas headed home Chauhtemoc Blanco's cross at the near post.

Aboutrika grabbed his second goal in the 79th minute after exchanging passes with Flavio and rifling a low shot past America goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa.

Ahly finished last at the 2005 tournament but the Cairo side overcame Auckland City from New Zealand to book their place in this year's semi-finals - where they faced Internacional.

A late Luiz Adriano denied them a place in the final against Barcelona but goalscorer Aboutrika insisted his side were pleased to have finished third.

He said: "This is a good result for us.

"After finishing last a year ago, it was satisfying to score twice and help our team finish third."

Aboutrika's exploits enhanced his claim to become African player of the year.

The Egypt international is the only Africa-based player to be shortlisted, alongside Didier Drogba, Michael Essien, Samuel Eto'o and Nwankwo Kanu.



SEE ALSO
Internacional sink Barca in final
17 Dec 06 |  Football
Club America 0-4 Barcelona
14 Dec 06 |  Football
Al Ahly Cairo 1-2 Internacional
13 Dec 06 |  Football


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