Yokohama: AFC Champions League champions Al Sadd held their nerve to defeat Japan's Kashiwa Reysol 5-3 on penalties and take third place at the FIFA Club World Cup on Sunday.
Yokohama: Al Sadd coach Jorge Fossati had no complaints following Thursday's 4-0 defeat to Barcelona in the semi-finals of the FIFA Club World Cup admitting that the 2011 AFC Champions League winners will be better for the experience of playing the European giants.
Toyota: Kashiwa Reysol coach Nelsinho has hailed the "evolution" of Japanese football after seeing the J.League champions push his former club Santos hard in the semi-finals of the 2011 FIFA World Cup on Wednesday despite their 3-1 loss to the Brazilian giants.
Toyota: Kashiwa Reysol joined AFC Champions League holders Al Sadd in the semi-finals of the FIFA Club World Cup after the J.League champions defeated Monterrey of Mexico 4-3 on penalties following a 1-1 draw after extra-time.
Toyota: Kashiwa Reysol may have advanced to the next phase of the FIFA Club World but head coach Nelsinho Baptista insists they were not at their best in Thursday's 2-0 defeat of Auckland City with their J.League title party hampering preparations for the intercontinental club competition.