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All-Asian encounter set to light up Abu Dhabi

  • Asian champions Urawa Red Diamonds make their Club World Cup bow
  • Al Jazira set to host them of their house town
  • Two Asian aspects have now not met for a spot within the semis since UAE 2010

After a narrow victory ensured the host champions maintained the native flavour on the FIFA Club World Cup UAE 2017, an all-Asian conflict is set to come to a decision Real Madrid’s first challenger.

Urawa Red Diamonds descend at the event, having triumphed within the AFC Champions League in November. While Al Jazira can have struggled at the continental degree through failing to break out the gang section, as visitors on the world birthday celebration, they’ll experience house merit, inviting the Saitama-based aspect to their stomping flooring of Abu Dhabi.

The final time there was once an Asian twin for a last 4 spot got here final time the event was once on this very stadium in 2010, a sport that didn’t figure out neatly for house aspect Al Wahda following a Four-1 defeat to Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma.

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The Match
Al Jazira vs Urawa Red Diamonds
Zayed Sports City Stadium, Abu Dhabi
nine December, 20:30 native time

What you wish to have to know
While Urawa can have flown top in Asia, they’ve struggled at the home entrance, racking up simply two wins of their final ten contests forward of final weekend’s climax to the J1 League. Though they completed in 7th position, they’d two avid gamers within the best seven goalscorers within the department, racking up part of the 2007 Club World Cup individuals’ targets – led through Shinzo Koroki’s tally of 20.

If Al Jazira are to stay him at bay, they’ll most probably want to prohibit the 31-year-old ahead to fewer possibilities than they proficient Auckland City. UAE’s identify holders have been indebted to an impressive appearing from goalkeeper Ali Khaseif, who proved an immovable object within the event opener. The likes of Mbark Boussoufa and Ali Mabkhout shall be hoping to make sure equivalent heroics don’t seem to be required.

The Stat
30 – No Asian aspect clocked up extra targets on this season’s Champions League than Urawa, scoring 4 greater than nearest challengers Shanghai SIPG. Rafael Silva’s tally of 9 led the best way for the eventual champions, with two of them coming in both leg of the overall.

The Words
“That was the most important thing we wanted: to be with all these big champions. We were the UAE champions last year when nobody expected us to be. But these are the champions of a continent, which is way bigger.”
Mbark Boussoufa, Al Jazira

“It’s a great honour and great source of joy [to play in the tournament]. We managed to get here though a great collective work and effort. And we’re proud to represent Japan here.”
Rafael Silva, Urawa Red Diamonds

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