The Club World Cup 2023 final is set in Morocco, as all fans witnessed a surprise in the semi-finals. Real Madrid vs Al Hilal is a clash between the most successful football team in the history of football against a newcomer who lives their dream. Al Hilal competes for its first trophy, after finishing fourth in 2019 and 2021.
Real Madrid vs Al Hilal
Date: Saturday, 11 February 2023
Venue: Prince Moulay Abdellah Stadium, Rabat
Real Madrid will try to win its fifth trophy and the first since winning three consecutive in 2016, 2017 and 2018. Merengues validated their trip to Morocco after securing their 14th Champions League last May against Liverpool. Being the current European champions means that they qualified automatically for the semi-finals of the Club World Cup. They beat the 2021-2022 CAF Champions League runner-ups Al Ahly by 4-1, seeing Valverde, Rodrygo, Vinicius and Arribas find the net.
Real Madrid has many injuries, but Ancelotti should not be worried about today’s encounter. Hazard, Mendy and Vazquez will be unavailable, while Benzema, Courtois and Militao are surely doubtful. Lunin may be a member of the starting-11 again, after his positive performance against Al Ahly.
Al Hilal travelled to Morocco as the reigning AFC Champions League holders, entering the competition in the second. They have been chosen to represent the AFC because the Champions League rescheduled from October 2022 to May 2023. To reach the Club World Cup final they had to beat the CAF Champions League winners Wydad Casablanca on penalties and prevail over the Copa Libertadores champions Flamengo, winning them 2-3, in a fantastic display from Al Dawsari, who scored a brace. Their appearance shocked the best bookmakers
Andre Carillo is doubtful, but Ramon Diaz can count on Odion Ighalo and Moussa Marega to bolster his attack. Luciano Vietto hopes to keep his seat in the first team, after being valuable in the semi-final.
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