Club World Cup: Chivas de Guadalajara vs Espérance de Tunis – Recap and Highlights

2018 FIFA Club World Cup.pngChivas de Guadalajara closed out a disappointing performance in the 2018 FIFA Club World Cup with a loss to 9-man Espérance de Tunis in a penalty shootout in the fifth-place match.

As in their first game of the tournament, Chivas took an early lead. Sameh Derbali brought down Ángel Zaldívar in the box, and after consulting with VAR, the referee awarded El Rebaño a penalty kick. Gael Sandoval stepped up to take the spot kick and converted it to put Chivas ahead 1-0 in the 5th minute.

But once again, Chivas was unable to hold on to that lead. In the 38th minute, Mohamed Youcef Belaïli tied the game with a penalty kick of his own after Josécarlos van Rankin was called for a handball in the box – another decision that was assisted by VAR.

The game appeared to go off the rails for Espérance in the second half as first Anice Badri and then Houcine Rebai were sent off, the former in the 79th minute for a second yellow and the latter given a straight red in stoppage time for a foul on Isaác Brizuela. But despite their opponents going down to first 10 men and then nine, Chivas was unable to break the deadlock.

With the score still 1-1 at the end of regulation, the game advanced to a penalty shootout.

Once again, things started off well for Chivas, as Ángel Zaldívar converted the first kick while Mohamed Youcef Belaïli saw his saved, but although keeper Miguel Jiménez made another save as well, misses by Hedgardo Marín, Josécarlos van Rankin, and Isaác Brizuela saw Chivas fall 6-5 after eight rounds to give Espérance fifth place.



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