The 2020 FIFA Club World Cup Qatar, whose kick-off has been postponed to this Thursday, February 4, 2021 due to the Covid-19 pandemic, opens with a clash between felines at the Ahmad Bin stadium Ali of Al Rayyan: the UANL Tigers cross their claws with the Tigers from Ulsan Hyundai.
Perhaps more at ease on the land where they won the AFC Champions League, the South Koreans start better, with a shot from Kim Jihyun, which Nahuel Guzman deflects for a corner (18 ‘). On the other hand, the Argentine goalkeeper can do nothing on the next corner, which Yoon Bitgaram places on the head of Kim Keehee (24 ‘, 0-1). Unsurprisingly, the Mexican reaction is signed by the local hero, André-Pierre Gignac. After a dangerous first shot in the 20th minute, the Frenchman shines Jo Hyeonwoo on a free kick (37 ‘), but punishes him in the following minute, taking a deviation from Diego Reyes at close range (38’, 1-1) . Just before the break, it’s the attacker again tricolor who does all the work: he causes a penalty by sending a header to the hand of a defender, and himself transforms it into strength (45 ‘+ 2, 2-1).
He doesn’t know it yet, but his brace will be enough to send the CONCACAF Champions League winners to the tournament’s semi-finals. Because in the second period, Ricardo Ferretti’s men are solid in their area, while remaining dangerous on blocks. Despite their best efforts, and a goal denied for offside, the South Koreans failed to catch up. Their dreams of the title are already flying away, while those of the Mexicans remain intact when they face Palmeiras in the last four.