Football’s FIFA Club World Cup 2022 final is set after a tournament featuring each continent’s top club with Al-Hilal set to face off against Real Madrid for the title.
Flamengo and Al Ahly will play in the third-place game after suffering semi-final losses.
The final is set for Prince Moulay Abdellah Stadium in Rabat, Morocco, on Saturday (11 February) at 20:00 CET. The third-place game is scheduled earlier in the day, with a 16:30 CET start time.
Real Madrid will be vying for its fifth FIFA Club World Cup title and first since winning three-in-a-row in 2016, 2017 and 2018. They advanced to the final after a convincing win over Al Ahly in Wednesday’s (8 February) semi. Vini Jr., Federico Valverde, Rodrygo and Sergio Arribas were the four goal scorers in their 4-1 win. Ali Maâloul found the back of the net on a penalty kick for Al Ahly.
On Tuesday (7 February), Al-Hilal advanced to the final with a 3-1 win over Flamengo. Salem Aldawsari recorded two goals for his club in that victory, while Luciano Vietto provided the third. Flamengo’s lone goal in the semi-final match came from Pedro in the 20th minute.
“We’re up against a team that won the semi-final by playing well and deserved to be in the final. We have to respect this team. They’ve got good players and play well collectively. They’ll be excited to play in the final and so will we. We have to prepare well for the match, provide clear instructions to the players and devise a good game plan. We have players who can handle this type of pressure extremely well.”
“Football’s changing because there’re a lot of teams all over the world that can compete, fight and win too. I was surprised that Flamengo were eliminated, but they’re in pre-season and their fitness level isn’t at its peak and the rest of the teams, who are in the middle of the season, are at their peak.”
Are Benzema and Militao travelling to Rabat?
“They’re not fully recovered. Karim is quite well but Militao is a bit more doubtful. They will train in the run-up to the game and then we will make decisions. Carvajal, who had a fever today, is back and Asensio, who has a slight strain from the Mallorca game.”
Arribas and the youth system
“It’s very important for us. The youth system is a very important element and nobody here overlooks it. In the first team there are players of a very high level, who have won the Champions League, and it is not so easy to give minutes to youth team players. That said, there are very good players in the youth team and the coaches are doing a good job with them. They will soon be with the first team.”
Rodrygo and substitute Arribas completed a comfortable win in stoppage time with close-range strikes.
Real will face Saudi Arabia’s Al Hilal in the final in Rabat on Saturday after they shocked South American champions Flamengo 3-2 in the first semi-final.
“We arrived here with great enthusiasm to play the final,” Ancelotti said.
“We have the excitement to play the final and the concern to play it well. We have to rest, although we don’t have much time. We have to rest well to try to win.”
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