Fluminense vs Al Ahly Possible Lineups, Team News, TV Channel for 2023 FIFA Club World Cup

Marcelo-Fluminense

Reigning Copa Libertadores champions Fluminense entered the world stage as they opened their FIFA Club World Cup journey with a semi-final match against Egyptian side Al Ahly.

The CONMEBOL side enter the competition in the semi-finals from Saudi Arabia, facing UEFA champions Manchester City, with a potential meeting in the final on Friday.

Meanwhile, African continental champions Al Ahly started the previous round as CAF participants, beating Karim Benzema’s host club Al Ittihad 3-1.

None of these clubs have fared nearly as well in league play as they have on the continental stage. Fluminense finished the just-concluded Brazilian Serie A season in seventh place, while Al Ahly are eight games into the Egyptian league season in fourth place.

Team news

Real Madrid legend Marcelo ends his career at Fluminense and will be disappointed not to match his old Blancos team-mate Karim Benzema.

Midfielder Andre, 22, is said to be a target for top Premier League clubs such as Liverpool, while striker German Cano is in exceptional form and has scored in each of the last five Copa Libertadores title games, including the final.

Al Ahly will be without backup striker Anthony Modeste as the 35-year-old France international is suspended after being sent off late on in the win over Al Ittihad after coming off the bench.

Those who watched the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations will recognize Al Ahly goalkeeper Mohamed El Shenawy as the number one choice for the Egyptian national team. The 34-year-old suffered an injury midway through the tournament, which prevented Egypt from winning the title when they were knocked out by Senegal in the final.

Center-back Mohamed Abdelmonem is another stalwart in the Egyptian national team, while 26-year-old midfielder Aliou Dieng has developed into a regular starter for Mali over the past two years.

Fluminense starting lineup (4-2-3-1):

Fabio (GK) — Xavier, Nino, Melo, Marcelo — Martinelli, Andre — Arias, Genso, Keno — Cano.

Al Ahly starting lineup (4-3-3):

El Shenawy (GK) — Hany, Ibrahim, Abdelmonem, Maaloul — Ashour, Attia, Kouka — Tau, Kahraba, El Shahat.

How to Watch Al Ahly vs Al Ittihad in your Country

Brazil: CazéTV, Canais Globo, GloboEsporte.com
Croatia: Arena Sport 5 Croatia
Ghana: Startimes Sports Premium, StarTimes App
International: YouTube, Shahid, FIFA+
Ireland: discovery+, TNT Sports 3, discovery+ App
Israel: Sport 3
Nigeria: StarTimes App, Startimes Sports Premium
Norway: VG+
Portugal: Sport TV1, Sport TV Multiscreen
Saudi Arabia: SSC
Serbia: Arena Sport 7 Serbia
South Africa: StarTimes App, Startimes Sports Premium
United Kingdom: TNT Sports 3, discovery+, discovery+ App
United States: TNT Sports 3, discovery+, discovery+ App

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