2019 fifa club world cup

Monterrey finish third in FIFA Club World Cup 

Doha, Qatar: Mexican side Monterrey finished third in the FIFA Club World Cup after defeating Saudi Arabia's Al Hilal 4-3 on penalties at Khalifa International Stadium on Saturday.

Captain Carlos Eduardo, Hilal's best player, was the first to miss from the spot while Mohamed Kanno also failed to hit the target.

And even though Johan Vasquez of Monterrey also sent his effort wide, goalkeeper Luis Cardenas scored the last attempt before being mobbed by his ecstatic teammates.

The match had moved into penalties after the scores were level in regulation time.

Earlier, Eduardo gave Hilal the lead in the 35th minute.  

Yasser Al Shahrani delivered a curling cross into the box and Eduardo beat his markers and his header packed enough punch to beat Cardenas.

Monterrey were without eight of their regular players who had left for Mexico to prepare for the domestic championship but they still managed to find an equaliser in the 55th minute and take the game to their rivals.

Hilal failed to deal with cross from right in the box, with goalkeeper Abdullah Al Muaiuf only managing to push it towards Jonathan Urretaviscaya who headed it back towards the penalty spot. 

Arturo Gonzalez, making a late run into the box, met it with a powerful header and with goalkeeper Al Muaiuf out of position, the ball nestled inside the net.

Five minutes later a Monterrey took the lead from a swift counter.

Maximiliano Meza spread the ball wide left for Angel Zaldivar, continued his run, got the return cross and calmly placed it beneath Al Muaiuf.

Meanwhile, Bafetimbi Gomis had come in for an off-colour Omar Khrbin and it took the Frenchman just six minutes to get his name on the score sheet.

Eduardo was this time the provider with a measured cross and Gomis met it with a powerful diving header and celebrated in typical style.

Gomis had two chances to settle the game for Hilal, but his first attempt, a left-footed shot, hit the post while seconds later his looping header sailed wide. 

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