Brazilian team Palmeiras reaches final of Club World Cup
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — South American champions Palmeiras reached the final of the Club World Cup by defeating African winners Al Ahly 2-0 on Tuesday.
Raphael Veiga and Dudu scored for the Brazilian club, which will play for the title on Saturday against the winner of Wednesday’s semifinal between Champions League winner Chelsea and Asian champion Al Hilal.
Palmeiras and Chelsea entered the seven-team competition in the semifinals. Saudi Arabian club Al Hilal reached the last four by defeating United Arab Emirates champion Al Jazira 6-1 on Sunday. Egypt’s Al Ahly had beaten CONCACAF Champions League winner Monterrey of Mexico 1-0 on Saturday.
Palmeiras lost to Mexico’s Tigres in last year’s semifinal at the Club World Cup. The two-time defending Copa Libertadores champion is recognized by FIFA as the first intercontinental world club champion after beating Juventus in a final at the Maracanã Stadium in 1951.
Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel will miss Wednesday’s match after he tested positive for COVID-19 but is hopeful of getting to the United Arab Emirates for either the final or the third-place playoff, which also takes place on Saturday.
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