Al-Hilal and Monterrey have qualified for the semi-finals of the World Cup for clubs in Qatar on Saturday. The Saudi Al-Hilal meets the Brazilian Flamengo, while Monterrey faces Liverpool.
Al-Hilal, the winner of the Asian Champions League, settled 1-0 in Doha with ES Tunis, which won the African edition of the Champions League.
Bafétimbi Gomis was the creator of the only goal. The Frenchman, former player of Olympique Lyon, Swansea City and Galatasaray, was only in the field for eight minutes when he took the lead in the 73rd minute.
The victory of Al-Hilal was still in danger in the final phase, as the team had to play with one man less in the last five minutes. Midfielder Mohamed Kano got yellow twice in three minutes.
Monterrey meets Liverpool in the semi-final. (Photo: Pro Shots)
Monterrey wins without Janssen
Later that evening, Monterrey, who cannot have the injured Vincent Janssen in Qatar, won with 3-2 against Al-Sadd, who participates as a guest team in the World Cup.
Via Lionel Vangioni and Rogelio Funes Mori, the Mexican team led 2-0 at halftime. In the second half, Al-Sadd came back via Baghdad Bounedjah to 2-1, after which Carlos Rodriguez made it 3-1. Abdelkarim Hassan made it a little exciting, but an equalizer was no longer possible.
The final of the World Championship for club teams is Saturday next week. Last year the victory went to Real Madrid, which settled in the final with Al-Ain.