Al Ahly managed to achieve the second consecutive bronze medal and the third in their history in the FIFA Club World Cup after thrashing nine-man AFC champions Al Hilal 4-0.
Ahly came into the game as heavy underdogs against the Asian giants who boast a wealth of talent that featured at the highest level of football – something they are able to attract due to their vast riches.
Defender Yasser Ibrahim headed the African champions ahead early in Abu Dhabi before Al Hilal had former West Brom attacker Matheus Pereira sent off.
Ibrahim scored again on 17 minutes and Al Hilal were soon reduced to nine players when midfielder Mohamed Kanno saw red.
Promising playmaker Ahmed Abdelkader netted an impressive third just before the break to add further gloss to the game as the record-ten time African champions added gloss to their dominant opening half.
Former Premier League star Matheus Pareira – who shone during their games against Al Jazira and Chelsea – received a straight red in the 14th minute while his midfield partner Mohamed Kanno followed 14 minutes later.
By the time Hilal were down to nine men, Ahly had already been two goals up with defender Yasser Ebrahim, one of the most unlikely of goalscorers, bagging a brace.