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Al Ahly vs Flamengo betting tips: FIFA Club World Cup third place play-off preview, predictions and odds

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After both were beaten in their respective semi-finals in mid-week, who will leave Morocco with bronze medals to show for their efforts?

Flamengo came into this competition with sky-high expectations, with midfielder Arturo Vidal suggesting they were going to break Real Madrid’s backsides, or words to that effect.

However, the Copa Libertadores champions were embarrassingly dumped out at the semi-final stage by Al Hilal on Tuesday.

Pedro scored twice in the 3-2 defeat, with Gerson’s red card in first half stoppage time for a second bookable offence the key flash point.

So, Rubro-Negro will not be crowned champions of the world for the first time in 42 years this weekend, instead Vítor Pereira’s team are competing for third.

24 hours later, Al Ahly were swatted aside by Real Madrid, demolished 4-1 in Rabat.

Given that Marcel Koller’s team had already dumped out Auckland City and Seattle Sounders just to reach the semis, their exit was far less of a disappointment.

This’ll be Al Ahly’s third consecutive appearance in the third place play-off, beating Palmeiras on penalties in 2021 and smashing Al Hilal 4-0 12 months ago.

In fact, seven of the last 15 Club World Cup matches for third place have been settled via a shootout.

So, will this clash at Stade Prince Moulay Abdellah also go the distance, with Al Ahly beating another Brazilian giant in a spot-kick competition?

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