Pachuca earned their best-ever finish in a Club World Cup with a 4-1 victory against Al Jazira in the third-place game. The Tuzos are the third Mexican club to earn a third-place finish, after Monterrey and Necaxa; no Mexican team has finished higher.
Clear-cut chances were few and far between in the opening half, with neither goalkeeper having much to do. Then, in the 37th minute, Pachuca took the lead somewhat against the run of play. Franco Jara beat the offside trap and played in Jonathan Urretaviscaya, who sent his shot through the keeper’s legs to make it 1-0 for the Tuzos.
Al Jazira tied it up early in the second half, however. In the 58th minute, Pachuca couldn’t clear a loose ball in the box and after a save and then a clearance off the line, Khalfan Alrezzi put the rebound away to make it 1-1.
It didn’t take long for the Tuzos to react, though, and in the 60th minute they retook the lead. Ángelo Sagal played in Jara, who made it 2-1 with his first-time finish.
After that, Pachuca began to run up the score. In the 79th minute, Roberto de la Rosa ran on to a through ball behind the defense to make it 3-1 with his chip over the keeper.
Then, in the 84th minute, Pachuca earned a penalty after Erick Sánchez was brought down in the box. Sagal stepped up to take the PK and he converted it to give Pachuca the 4-1 lead.
With the 4-1 win, Pachuca finishes the 2017 Club World Cup in third place.