Monterrey claimed third place in the 2019 FIFA Club World Cup by beating Al-Hilal 4-3 on penalties after a 2-2 draw. The result matches Monterrey’s previous best finish in the tournament, which they earned in 2012.
Monterrey had the first good chance of the game in the 14th minute, when Ángel Zaldívar played in Arturo González, but Abdullah Al-Mayoof made a kick-save to deny “Ponchito”. Despite a few more chances for the Rayados, it was the AFC champions who took the lead.
In the 35th minute, Carlos Eduardo headed home a cross from Yasser Al-Shahrani to give Al-Hilal the 1-0 lead in the 35th minute.
Monterrey will look to match their best-ever FIFA Club World Cup finish when they take on Al-Hilal in the third-place game this Saturday.
The Rayados suffered a harsh loss to Liverpool in the semifinals after conceding a stoppage-time goal to fall 2-1 to the UEFA champions. Their opponent in this one, Al-Hilal – the AFC champion – fell 3-1 to Flamengo in their semifinal.
Both teams will look to end the tournament on a positive note with a win in this one.
A stoppage-time goal by Roberto Firmino gave Liverpool a 2-1 victory against Monterrey in the 2019 FIFA Club World Cup semifinals.
The UEFA champions were the heavy favorites going into this one – despite a number of absences due to injury and illness – but Monterrey made them work hard for their victory. While Liverpool had the majority of possession early, a makeshift back line let the Rayados through several times on the counter, albeit without an end product.
The 2019 FIFA Club World Cup continues this week with the semifinal round. Monterrey, the CONCACAF champion, reached the semifinal after beating the host nation’s representative, Al Sadd, in the quarterfinals; they’ll now take on UEFA champion Liverpool, who is entering the tournament in this round.
The Rayados have qualified for the Club World Cup three times previously, and reached the semifinal round just once, in 2012, where they fell 3-1 to Chelsea.
Liverpool has played in the Club World Cup just once before, back in 2005, where they reached the final but fell 1-0 to São Paulo.
Monterrey saw off a comeback attempt by Al Sadd to earn a 3-2 victory against the Qatari team in the 2019 FIFA Club World Cup quarterfinals.
Monterrey, representing CONCACAF, was making their debut in the tournament, while Al Sadd was coming off a victory against Hienghène Sport in the play-in round. Despite Al Sadd’s home-field advantage, it was Monterrey who took the lead in the 23rd minute. Leonel Vangioni scored a golazo as his left-footed shot from distance went in off the woodwork to make it 1-0 for the Rayados.
The 2019 FIFA Club World Cup got underway in Qatar this week, and CONCACAF representative Monterrey will start their participation on Saturday, entering the tournament in the quarterfinal round.
Their opponent will be Al-Sadd Sports Club, who are representing the host nation and who earned their spot in the quarterfinals with a 3-1 victory in extra time against New Caledonia’s Hienghène Sport in the playoff round.
Al-Sadd qualified for the Club World Cup once before, in 2011, where they finished third. Monterrey will be participating in the tournament for the fourth time; their best finish is likewise third, which they earned in 2012, while in both 2011 and 2013 they finished fifth.
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.