Chivas 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.
Chivas de Guadalajara will close out their participation in the 2018 FIFA Club World Cup this Tuesday as they take on Espérance de Tunis in the fifth-place match.
Chivas fell 3-2 to Japan’s Kashima Antlers in the quarterfinal round, while Espérance was beaten 3-0 by the host nation’s representative, Al-Ain.
Espérance is looking to improve on their prior Club World Cup result, where they fell to Monterrey in the 5th-place match in 2011, while Chivas will look to finish their first Club World Cup tournament with a win here.
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.
The 2018 FIFA Club World Cup is underway in the United Arab Emirates, and CONCACAF’s representative, Mexico’s Chivas de Guadalajara, will begin their participation this Saturday.
Chivas will face Japan’s Kashima Antlers, the AFC champions, in the quarterfinal round. Regardless of the outcome, Chivas will have at least one more game in the tournament: either advancing to the semifinals to take on UEFA champion Real Madrid or facing the loser of the other quarterfinal, between Espérance de Tunis and Al Ain, in the fifth-place match.
This is Guadalajara’s first appearance in the Club World Cup, while Kashima Antlers are participating in the tournament for the second time after previously reaching the final in the 2016 edition, where they ultimately lost to Real Madrid in extra time.
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.
It took extra time, but in the end Grêmio earned a 1-0 victory against 10-man Pachuca in the 2017 Club World Cup semifinals.
The game was hard-fought from the beginning as both teams looked to make their mark. Chances were few and far between, however, with a strong defensive showing on either end limiting both Pachuca and Grêmio largely to shots from distance.
The 2017 FIFA Club World Cup is underway in the United Arab Emirates, and CONCACAF’s representative, Mexico’s Pachuca, will continue their participation this Tuesday.
Pachuca advanced past CAF representative Wydad Casablanca of Morocco in the quarterfinals with a 1-0 victory in extra time, and they will now take on CONMEBOL champion Grêmio, who is entering the tournament in this round.
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 2017 FIFA Club World Cup is underway in the United Arab Emirates, and CONCACAF’s representative, Mexico’s Pachuca, will begin their participation this Saturday.
Pachuca will face Morocco’s Wydad Casablanca in the quarterfinals, with the winner advancing to the semifinals to take on CONMEBOL champion Grêmio and the loser facing the loser of the other quarterfinal, Al-Jazira vs Urawa Red Diamonds, in the fifth-place match.
This is Pachuca’s fourth appearance in the Club World Cup, having previously participated in 2007, 2008, and 2010; the Tuzos’ best showing came in 2010, when they finished fourth.
Wydad Casablanca is participating in the tournament for the first time.
All times Eastern.
Club World Cup – Quarterfinals Saturday, December 9 Pachuca (MEX) vs Wydad Casablanca (MOR) – 8:00 AM – Telemundo / En Vivo Extra
América finished fourth in the 2016 FIFA Club World Cup after falling to Atlético Nacional in the third-place game. After a 2-2 draw, Atlético won the penalty shootout 4-3 to claim third place in their first Club World Cup.
The game started off well for Atlético, who took the lead in just the 6th minute via an own-goal by Miguel Ángel Samudio.
Orlando Berrio was about to shoot and Samudio attempted to stab the ball away from him, but only managed to nutmeg Moisés Muñoz and give Atlético the 1-0 lead.