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Official: Real Madrid starting lineup against Al Ahly | FIFA Club World Cup

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Real Madrid will lock horns with Egyptian giants Al Ahly in a little while as they look to book a place in the finals of the FIFA Club World Cup.

Los Blancos entered the tournament at the semi-final stage following their UEFA Champions League triumph last season. Meanwhile, Al Ahly had to see off challenges from Auckland City and Seattle Sounders to book a place in the final-four stage.

And, Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has named the starting XI for the game against the Egyptian outfit who have not lost a game since August 2022.

With Thibaut Courtois injured, Andriy Lunin starts in goal for Los Blancos while Antonio Rudiger pairs up with the fit-again David Alaba at centre-back.

Dani Carvajal has been left out of the starting XI at the last minute due to illness, with Nacho Fernandez slotting in at right-back. Eduardo Camavinga, meanwhile, continues to operate as a makeshift left-back for Real Madrid.

Toni Kroos and Luka Modric are back in the starting XI after being benched for the La Liga clash vs Mallorca over the weekend. Aurelien Tchouameni partners the veteran duo in the centre of the park for Real Madrid.

Marco Asensio has become the latest casualty for Real Madrid and misses out of the lineup, with Federico Valverde starting on the right flank. Rodrygo Goes starts through the middle in Karim Benzema’s absence while Vinicius Jr. starts on the left.

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Barcelona find legal precedent to replay El Clasico after ‘ghost goal’ controversy

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Barcelona’s recent defeat to Real Madrid in El Clasico appears to have caused calamity inside the Catalan camp.

The defeat has effectively ruled Barça out of the title race while further diminishing the chances of Xavi staying at Camp Nou.

Amid all this, Barcelona president Joan Laporta appears to be having a hard swallowing the result and has gone on a rampage against the use of VAR, which notably annulled a goal from Lamine Yamal after it was cleared from behind the line by Andriy Lunin.

A day after the result, Laporta even warned that Barcelona might seek legal measures to try and replay El Clasico if they find any evidence of wrongdoings. And that statement could now soon turn into reality.

Barcelona consider legal measures

According to Cadena SER, Barcelona are considering legal action under the guidance of none other than Laporta to force a replay.

Their inspiration? An incident earlier this year in the Belgian League, where a VAR error led to the permission for a replay of an Anderlecht vs Genk match, although the decision was later annulled by the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS).

Joan Laporta ready to take legal measures. (Photo by JOSEP LAGO/AFP via Getty Images)

CAS is the apex body for all things related to sports. And although the entity was involved in annulling the replay between Genk and Anderlecht, Barcelona are hopeful they would intervene in this matter.

The Catalans are aware that local bodies such as RFEF and CTA might not cooperate with Barcelona, knowing the image and prestige of Spanish football could be at stake.

As such, Barça are hopeful of intervention from CAS. They want the apex court to look into the matter and stage a replay of the Clasico.

Barca’s threats of legal action, including potentially involving the CAS, seem like a desperate attempt to try and remain in the title race – the only avenue for silverware left for the Catalans this season.

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