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Dec 15, 2013

Soccer-Aboutrika’s plans unclear after Club Cup exit

AGADIR, Morocco, Dec 15 (Reuters) – Mohamed Aboutrika’s club Al Ahli are still hoping they can persuade the talismanic Egyptian player to put off his retirement again after he left the Club World Cup through the back door.

Aboutrika, who like most of Egypt’s top players has spent nearly all of his career at home, limped out of Saturday’s quarter-final against Asian champions Guangzhou at halftime after missing a glaring chance early in the game.

Dec 15, 2013

Celebrations for Raja, sadness for Aboutrika

AGADIR, Morocco (Reuters) – Jubilant Raja Casablanca fans shook the normally tranquil tourist resort of Agadir out of its slumber on Saturday after their team reached the Club World Cup semi-finals with a shock win over Monterrey.

Barely a week after sacking coach Mohamed Fakhir, the Moroccan side stunned the CONCACAF champions 2-1 in extra time to earn a semi-final meeting with Ronaldinho’s Atletico Mineiro on Wednesday.

Dec 15, 2013

Soccer-Celebrations for Raja, sadness for Aboutrika

AGADIR, Morocco Dec 14 (Reuters) – Jubilant Raja Casablanca fans shook the normally tranquil tourist resort of Agadir out of its slumber on Saturday after their team reached the Club World Cup semi-finals with a shock win over Monterrey.

Barely a week after sacking coach Mohamed Fakhir, the Moroccan side stunned the CONCACAF champions 2-1 in extra time to earn a semi-final meeting with Ronaldinho’s Atletico Mineiro on Wednesday.

Dec 14, 2013

Raja stun Monterrey in extra-time to reach semi-finals

AGADIR, Morocco (Reuters) – Hosts Raja Casablanca beat CONCACAF champions Monterrey 2-1 in extra time to reach the Club World Cup semi-finals and send their green and white army of fans into raptures on Saturday.

Ivorian midfielder Kouko Guehi powered in a header from a corner in the 95th minute to earn the Moroccans victory after the game finished 1-1 the end of 90 minutes.

Dec 14, 2013

Soccer-Raja stun Monterrey in extra-time to reach semi-finals

AGADIR, Morocco, Dec 14 (Reuters) – Hosts Raja Casablanca beat CONCACAF champions Monterrey 2-1 in extra time to reach the Club World Cup semi-finals and send their green and white army of fans into raptures on Saturday.

Ivorian midfielder Kouko Guehi powered in a header from a corner in the 95th minute to earn the Moroccans victory after the game finished 1-1 the end of 90 minutes.

Dec 14, 2013

Too many games for Guangzhou, not enough for Ahli

AGADIR, Morocco (Reuters) – Guangzhou Evergrande were feeling the effects of too much football and Al Ahli suffered from not playing enough, their respective coaches said after their Club World Cup quarter-final on Saturday.

Guangzhou coach Marcello Lippi, whose side won 2-0 to earn a semi-final against Bayern Munich on Tuesday, said his Asian champions were on their last legs after an exhausting season which began in early January.

Dec 14, 2013

Soccer-Too many games for Guangzhou, not enough for Ahli

AGADIR, Morocco, Dec 14 (Reuters) – Guangzhou Evergrande were feeling the effects of too much soccer and Al Ahli suffered from not playing enough, their respective coaches said after their Club World Cup quarter-final on Saturday.

Guangzhou coach Marcello Lippi, whose side won 2-0 to earn a semi-final against Bayern Munich on Tuesday, said his Asian champions were on their last legs after an exhausting season which began in early January.

Dec 14, 2013

Lippi’s Guangzhou overcome Al Ahli to earn Bayern clash

AGADIR, Morocco (Reuters) – Asian champions Guangzhou Evergrande beat African counterparts Al Ahli 2-0 with South American goals at the Club World Cup on Saturday to earn a glamorous semi-final with Bayern Munich

Brazilian forward Elkeson and Argentine playmaker Dario Conca struck in the second half for the Chinese side coached by Italian World Cup-winning coach Marcello Lippi.

Dec 14, 2013

Soccer-Lippi’s Guangzhou overcome Al Ahli to earn Bayern clash

AGADIR, Morocco, Dec 14 (Reuters) – Asian champions Guangzhou Evergrande beat African counterparts Al Ahli 2-0 with South American goals at the Club World Cup on Saturday to earn a glamorous semi-final with Bayern Munich

Brazilian forward Elkeson and Argentine playmaker Dario Conca struck in the second half for the Chinese side coached by Italian World Cup-winning coach Marcello Lippi.

Dec 13, 2013

Soccer-Club Cup offers chance for Egyptian redemption

AGADIR, Morocco, Dec 13 (Reuters) – Mohamed Aboutrika and Wael Gomaa will go down as two of Egypt’s greatest players and while both have missed their last chance of playing at a World Cup they hope to draw some consolation from the club equivalent before retiring.

The pair, with a combined age of 73, are key members of African champions Al Ahli, who face their Asian counterparts Guangzhou Evergrade on Saturday in the Club World Cup, with a semi-final match against Bayern Munich at stake.