Substitute Mohamed Aboutrika scored in the second half on Sunday as Egypt's Al-Ahly beat Japan's Sanfrecce Hiroshima 2-1 to advance to the semifinals of the Club World Cup.

Aboutrika took a pass from Ahmed Fathi and beat Hiroshima goalkeeper Takuya Masuda in the 57th minute to send the African champions to a semifinal clash against South American champions Corinthians on Wednesday.

Striker Elsayad Hamdi put the African champions ahead in the 15th minute, converting a pass from Fathi and beating Masuda, who came on in the eighth minute after Shusaku Nishikawa was injured in a collision.

Sanfrecce striker Hisato Sato, the J-League's Player of the Year, tied the match in 32nd minute when he got behind Al-Ahly defenders and hit a right-footed shot that deflected in off goalkeeper Sherif Ekramy.

Earlier, Mexican club Monterrey also progressed to the semis with a 3-1 win over South Korea's Ulsan Hyundai.