Find out the history of the clash between Egypt’s Al Ahli and Saudi Arabia’s Al Ittihad ahead of their 2023 Club World Cup clash, and how far history has favored one side.
Except for the peak showdown between the Saudi team and the Egyptian Al-Ahli team in the quarter-finals of the 2023 Club World Cup, there is no topic in the Arab world.
Etihad defeated Auckland City 3-0 in the first round and set up a quarter-final showdown with Al Ahli.
In this dramatic match, Al-Ahli defeated Al-Ittihad for the first time with a score of 3-1, igniting the enthusiasm of the Arab people.
Given that the two teams are not located on the same continent, their rivalry may be somewhat limited, but we look back at the history in the following report:
What is the history of the confrontation between the Saudi coalition and Egypt’s Al-Ahli?
The first meeting between Al-Ittihad and Al-Ahly was at the 1992 Arab Elite Championship, with both sides scoring two goals each and the game ended in a draw.
As for the second meeting, it was the 1995 Arab League Champions League. Al-Ittihad won with a clean goal on Saudi soil.
The third meeting was in the Super Championship between Egypt and Saudi Arabia, when Al-Ittihad also won 3-2 in Cairo.
The first official game was the 2005 Club World Cup preliminaries, and the Etihad team won again with a clean goal.
In 2023, Ahli successfully defeated Al-Ittihad with a score of 3-1 in the Club World Cup.
So far, Al-Ittihad has played against Al-Ahli 5 times, with 3 wins and 1 draw, and the African champion team has won 1 time.
The history of the confrontation between the Saudi coalition and Egypt’s Al-Ahli
What is the history of the confrontation between Asian clubs and African clubs in the Club World Cup?
Asian clubs have a very significant advantage in competing against African teams in the Club World Cup.
Since the tournament was held in 2000, Asian teams have won 10 games and lost only 4 games.
Africa’s wins have come in recent years, with Esperance overwhelmingly beating Al Sadd by six points in 2019, Al Ahli beating Al Duhail with a clean goal in 2020 and then in 2021 A clean four-point win over Al Hilal.
Let us not forget the 2022 showdown between Al Hilal and Wydad, which ended in a draw with one goal each, with Al Zaim winning on penalties.
The last meeting between Ahly and Al-Ittihad was in the quarter-finals of the 2023 Club World Cup. The Red Giants won 3-1.