Club World Cup
NUSADAILY.COM – LONDON – Liverpool are fighting hard to win the 2019 Club World Cup throne while waiting for the drawing of the last 16 of the Champions League. The European Champions League 2018/2019 champion was challenged by Mexican club Monterrey in the semifinals at the Khalifa International Stadium on Wednesday (12/18/2019).
Monterrey defeated vice host Al Sadd (Qatar) 3-2 in the quarterfinals at Jassim bin Hamad Stadium, Doha, Saturday (12/14/2019). The victory was confirmed by Leonel Vangioni’s goal in the 23rd minute, Rogelio Funes Mori (45 + 1) and Carlos Alberto Rodriguez (77). While Al Sadd’s retaliation was packaged by Baghdad Bounedjah (66) and Abdelkarim Hassan (89).
Reporting from sindonews.com, Monterrey (Concacaf champion) faces Liverpool at the Khalifa International Stadium on Wednesday (12/18/2019). While the other semifinals bring together Flamengo (Brazil) against Al Hilal (Saudi Arabia) who escaped after defeating Esperance de Tunis (Tunisia) 1-0. Al Hilal’s Ali Albulayhi believes his team will qualify for the finals, although Flamengo is recognized as a strong team. “We have an important match against Flamengo. Forget the match against Esperance, and be ready to focus on the next game,” Ali Albulayhi said on FIFA’s website.
“Flamengo are South American champions and they are clearly very strong. Their coach Jesus is also very good. “We respect all our opponents, but we enter the game to win,” he added.
“We are confident that we will reach the final. We aim for the title, but we will play one by one. We have an important victory today, and we also want to beat Flamengo. Only then will we think about the final,” he said.
For the first time in the last five editions, the 2019 Club World Cup cannot be won by a Spanish club. Real Madrid won this event in the last three seasons, and before that Barcelona. (sin / wan)
2019 Club World Cup Semifinal
December 17 Flamengo vs Al Hilal Khalifa International Stadium, Doha
December 18 Monterrey vs Liverpool Khalifa International Stadium, Doha