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Ulsan Hyundai FC and Al Ahly SC touch down in Doha for FIFA Club World Cup


Doha: The reigning club champions of Asia and Africa arrived in Qatar on Friday ahead of the 17th edition of the FIFA Club World Cup.

It is a swift return to Doha for Korea Republic side Ulsan Hyundai, who won the 2020 AFC Champions League title on December 19 at Al Janoub Stadium after defeating Islamic Republic of Iran's Persepolis 2-1 in the final.

Egyptian giants Al Ahly SC, meanwhile, qualified for the tournament after winning the CAF Champions League for a record ninth time thanks to a 2-1 victory over Zamalek SC.

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On arrival in Doha, players and officials from both clubs underwent COVID-19 testing before departing for their designated hotel. They will remain in a medical bubble throughout the tournament in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Both Ulsan Hyundai and Al Ahly will enter the tournament at the second-round stage. Ulsan Hyundai FC will face CONCACAF Champions League winners Tigres UANL from Mexico on Thursday at Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium – one of two FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 venues being used during the tournament.

Al Ahly, meanwhile, will face Qatari champions Al Duhail SC at Education City Stadium on Thursday.

Final: Persepolis FC 1-2 Ulsan Hyundai FC

The Tigers head into the match aiming to record a tenth win in a row in Qatar after landing the AFC Champions League crown.

Victory would also secure a semi-final showdown with the CONMEBOL Libertadores champions SE Palmeiras, who defeated fellow Brazilian side Santos FC 1-0 in the Copa Libertadores final on Saturday to join the tournament in Qatar.

Al Ahly SC will face UEFA Champions League winners FC Bayern Munich in the semi-finals if they beat Al Duhail SC.

“The players are pleased to be back in Qatar for the FIFA Club World Cup and are looking forward to training ahead of our match against Tigres," said Ulsan Hyundai head coach Hong Myung-bo.

We are excited to take part in this global event and test ourselves against some of the best sides in the world. This is also a golden opportunity for the team to prepare for the K League season, which will kick off soon.”

Al Ahly SC manager Pitso Mosimane said: “We are delighted to be in Qatar for this exciting tournament. There are many Al Ahly fans in Doha – and we are looking forward to having their support in our match against Al Duhail. This will be a great test for us as we aim to qualify for the semi-finals and a match against Bayern Munich.”

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