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.
The 2016 FIFA Club World Cup tournament wraps up this Sunday with the final and third-place match.
The third-place match will be between Mexico’s Club América and Colombia’s Atlético Nacional, while Real Madrid will face the host nation’s representative, Kashima Antlers, in the final.
This is Atlético’s first participation in the Club World Cup and América’s third. The Águilas’ best previous result was fourth in the 2006 edition, and they will look to improve on that with a victory against the Colombians.