Brazil's Gremio in Club World Cup final

December 13, 2017
Everton of Brazil's Gremio celebrates after scoring the opening goal of his team during the Club World Cup semi-final agaoinst Mexico's Pachuca at the Hazza Bin Zayed stadium in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates, yesterday.

AL AIN, United Arab Emirates (AP):

Gremio have put a South American team back in the Club World Cup final. The Brazilian team defeated Mexico's Pachuca 1-0 in extra time yesterday, giving South America a shot at the title after missing out on the final last year.

The Copa Libertadores champion will play Real Madrid or Emirates league winner Al Jazira, who meet in the other semi-final today.

Substitute forward Everton scored five minutes into extra time, clearing a defender inside the area and striking a right-footed shot into the top corner.

Pachuca played with 10 men during the final minutes of extra time after Victor Guzman received a second yellow card for a hard foul.

"Our players were too nervous in the beginning of the match," Gremio coach Renato Gaucho said. "We improved in the second half, and in extra time Everton got the goal that we needed. We overcame a great opponent to make it to the final."

 

SPANISH DOMINATION

 

Last year, Kashima Antlers of Japan knocked out South American entry Atletico Nacional of Colombia in the semi-finals, then lost to Real Madrid.

In the face of Spanish domination of the Club World Cup in recent years, the last South American club to win the title was Brazil's Corinthians in 2012, when they defeated Chelsea.

Pachuca, the CONCACAF winners, made it to the semi-finals by defeating African champion Wydad Casablanca of Morocco 1-0 in extra time on Saturday.

Gremio and Real Madrid entered the competition in the semi-finals.

The final will be on Saturday in Abu Dhabi.

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