While all the football-loving Egypt eagerly awaits the Africa Cup final against Senegal on Sunday, the grapes are sour for Egyptian record champion Al Ahly. The success of the national team meant six basic players were not available for the quarter-finals of the World Cup for clubs in Abu Dhabi.
The Mexican opponent Monterrey, the club of former international Vincent Janssen who had to start on the bench, had a huge predominance in the first half. Funes Mori, in particular, was a constant scourge for the Egyptian defence, which kept the goal clean with art and flying work.
Offensively, Al Ahly had little to lose, but after half an hour he suddenly got the biggest chance of the first half. Taher Mohamed crawled in front of Moreno but then aimed the ball straight at goalkeeper Esteban Andrada.