Chivas de Guadalajara took the lead but couldn’t hold it as they fell 3-2 to Kashima Antlers in the 2018 FIFA Club World Cup quarterfinals.
The CONCACAF champions got their Club World Cup debut off to a great start as they took the lead in just the third minute. Isaác Brizuela sent in a dangerous cross for Ángel Zaldívar, who headed it into the net to make it 0-1 for Chivas.
El Rebaño was able to hold that lead into halftime, but Kashima tied it up shortly after the restart. In the 49th minute, Shoma Doi took the ball into the box before passing to Ryota Nagaki, who side-footed it home to make it 1-1.
Then, in the 68th minute, Chivas conceded a penalty. Serginho took the spot kick for Kashima and he converted it to put the Japanese side ahead, 2-1.
The AFC champions added an insurance goal through Hiroki Abe in the 84th minute with his shot into the upper corner from just inside the box making it 3-1 for Kashima.
Chivas was able to reduce the deficit in stoppage time after the referee pointed to the penalty spot again. Alan Pulido’s initial effort was saved, but the follow-up ended up in the net to make it 3-2. Chivas was unable to fight back any further than that, however.
With the 3-2 win, Kashima advances to the semifinals to take on Real Madrid, while Chivas will face Espérance de Tunis in the fifth-place match on Tuesday.