Club World Cup: Pachuca vs Wydad Casablanca – Recap and Highlights

It took 120 minutes, but in the end Pachuca beat 10-man Wydad Casablanca by the minimum difference in this Club World Cup quarterfinal.

The game started off somewhat slowly, with both teams playing conservatively as they adjusted to the field. The Tuzos had several good attacking forays, but neither team created many truly dangerous opportunities.

The pace of play picked up in the second half, with Pachuca attacking with more intent and Wydad focusing on defending and then striking on the counterattack. The Moroccan team suffered a serious setback in the 68th minute, however, when captain Brahim Nackah was sent off with his second yellow card after a hard foul on Jorge Hernández.

Pachuca pressed forward as they looked to make their extra man count, but Wydad stood firm defensively to keep it 0-0 through the ninety minutes.

In extra time, Wydad looked to sit back, defend, and play for penalties, while Pachuca continued to press as they looked to make their better play count. Finally, in the 112th minute, the Tuzos found the breakthrough.

Hernández played in Jonathan Urretaviscaya, who just kept the ball in play at the end line. He scooped a cross towards the penalty spot, and Víctor Guzmán headed it home to give Pachuca the 1-0 lead.

With scant minutes remaining – and with just 10 men on the field – Wydad was unable to find an equalizer.

With the 1-0 win, Pachuca advances to the semifinals to face Grêmio, while Wydad will play the Urawa Red Diamonds in the fifth-place match.



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