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Club World Cup 2021: Bayern Munich to face African champions Al Ahly or Qatar’s Al Duhail in semi-finals

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The 2020 edition was initially scheduled for December last year but was delayed as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, and because the Copa Libertadores has not yet been completed.

Bayern Munich beat PSG in the Champions League final. AFP

Zurich: Bayern Munich will face either African champions Al Ahly or Al Duhail of Qatar in the semi-finals of the Club World Cup next month, following the draw at FIFA’s headquarters in Zurich on Tuesday.

The semi-final will be played on Monday, 8 February at the Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium in Al Rayyan, just outside the Qatari capital Doha.

Before that Al Ahly and Al Duhail will meet on 4 February at the nearby Education City Stadium, another of the venues for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

Cairo giants Al Ahly, coached by South Africa’s Pitso Mosimane, are Africa’s most successful club having been continental champions nine times.

Meanwhile Al Duhail, whose manager is the former France international and ex-Rennes and Nottingham Forest coach Sabri Lamouchi, qualify as the reigning champions of the host nation.

On the other side of the draw, Mexican club Tigres UANL, the CONCACAF Champions League winners, will take on Asian champions Ulsan Hyundai of South Korea on 4 February for the right to take on the Copa Libertadores winners in the first semi-final on 7 February.

Brazilian clubs Santos and Palmeiras will clash in the delayed South American showpiece at Rio de Janeiro’s Maracana on 30 January.

Their fellow Brazilians Flamengo lost the 2019 final to Liverpool, with European clubs winning each of the last seven editions of the Club World Cup.

That run started with Bayern lifting the trophy in Morocco in 2013. Hansi Flick’s Bayern are now looking to add the FIFA title to the five trophies they won in 2020, namely the Bundesliga, German Cup, Champions League, UEFA Super Cup and German Super Cup.

The 2020 edition was initially scheduled for December last year but was delayed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, and because the Copa Libertadores has not yet been completed.

However, would-be Oceania representatives Auckland City withdrew because of the pandemic and related quarantine measures required by the New Zealand authorities.

That allowed Al Duhail to earn a bye through the first round.

The final will be played at Education City on Thursday, 11 February.

Draw

Thursday, 4 February

Quarter-finals

Tigres (MEX) v Ulsan Hyundai (KOR) (1400 GMT)

Al Duhail (QAT) v Al Ahly (EGY) (1730 GMT)

Sunday, 7 February

Fifth-place play-off (1500 GMT)

First semi-final

Santos (BRA) or Palmeiras (BRA) v Tigres (MEX) or Ulsan Hyundai (KOR) (1800 GMT)

Monday, 8 February

Second semi-final

Al Duhail (QAT) or Al Ahly (EGY) v Bayern Munich (GER) (1800 GMT)

Thursday, 11 February

Third-place play-off (1500 GMT)

Final (1800 GMT)

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