Club World Cup
December 15, 2012
Al Ahly 0-2 Monterrey
#INSERT type:image caption: Cesar Delgado wrapped up Monterrey's win over Al Ahly END#Monterrey ruthlessly punished wasteful Al Ahly 2-0 to claim third place at the Club World Cup.
The battle of the beaten semi-finalists was dominated by African champions Al Ahly but, as in Wednesday's clash with Corinthians, they were simply unable to score.
CONCACAF champions Monterrey showed no mercy in bouncing back from their own semi defeat to Chelsea, Jesus Corona pouncing on a third-minute mix-up and Cesar Delgado claiming his third goal of the tournament after half-time.
The Mexicans, who admitted they showed Chelsea too much respect on Thursday, tore into Al Ahly from the first whistle.
After seeing a first-minute goal rightly chalked off for offside, some lovely one-touch passing and a goalkeeping howler from Mahmoud Abou Elseoud put them ahead less than two minutes later.
Sayed Moawad looked certain to stop Corona scoring but Abou Elseoud got in his way, the ball breaking for an easy tap-in.
Al Ahly should have equalised, Emad Meteab heading Walid Soliman's free-kick against the post - Aldo de Nigris clearing the rebound - while Ahmed Fathi was closed down by Jonathan Orozco after a sweeping move.
Recalled striker Mohamed Aboutrika then sent a diving header wide from Moawad's cross, hurting himself in the process.
Aboutrika, 34, forced a fine reaction save from Orozco with a turn and shot shortly after half-time, the goalkeeper also producing a double-stop from Abdalla Said and substitute Elsayed Hamdi in the 65th minute.
It proved crucial as, seconds later, Delgado showed Al-Ahly how to finish, coolly clipping the ball over Abou Elseoud after being played clean through.
Aboutrika was denied again by a superb Orozco save from his header and Monamed Naguib nodded straight at the keeper, who preserved a clean sheet with another stop late on.