Urawa advances to Club World Cup semifinals
Japanese professional soccer Urawa Reds competes with Manchester City (Man City, England) in the semifinals of the 2023 FIFA Club World Cup to advance to the finals.
Urawa won 1-0 with Alex Schalk’s winning goal in the 33rd minute of the second half against Leon (Mexico) in the second round of the tournament held at the Prince Abdullah Al-Faisal Sports City Stadium in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia on the 15th (local time).
Urawa, who participated as the winning team of the 2022 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Champions League (ACL), advanced to the semifinals.
Urawa will compete with Manchester City, the winner of the 2022-2023 UEFA Champions League (UCL), to advance to the finals at 3 a.m. on the 20th (Korean time).
Manchester City is a strong team that achieved a ‘treble’ by winning not only the UCL last season, but also the English Premier League (EPL) and the English FA Cup.
Manchester City’s ‘monster goalscorer’ It is unclear whether Erling Haaland will be able to play against Urawa.
Manchester City is scheduled to play a league game against Crystal Palace at midnight on the 17th and then leave for Saudi Arabia, and it is unclear whether Holland, who missed the last two official games due to a minor foot injury, will participate in the game against Crystal Palace.
As Manchester City has a tight year-end schedule ahead of it, it seems likely that coach Pep Guardiola will let Holland rest well until the game against Urawa and then have him play again from the Club World Cup final.
Manchester City has yet to win the Club World Cup.
Meanwhile, the semifinal matchup on the other side was narrowed down to a match between African champion Al-Ahli (Egypt) and South American champion Fluminense (Brazil).
Fluminense is a team that competes from the semifinals like Manchester City.
Al-Ahlyh defeated Al-Ittihad, who participated as the host country, 3-1 in the second round and advanced to the semifinals.
Al-Ittihad striker Karim Benzema scored goals in two consecutive games following the first round match against Auckland City (New Zealand), but faded in defeat. 카지노사이트