Doha: Head coach Xavi was left to rue Al Sadd's mistakes which led to their 3-2 defeat against Mexico’s Monterrey in the second round of the FIFA Club World Cup Qatar 2019 at Jassim bin Hamad Stadium on Saturday.
Monterrey scored two of their three goals after mistakes by Al Sadd players as the CONCACAF Champions League winners advanced to a semi-final meeting with English side Liverpool on Wednesday.
Al Sadd will face Esperance Sportive Tunis in the play-off for fifth place on Tuesday.
Monterrey down Al Sadd to set-up Liverpool meeting
Doha: Mexico's Monterrey defeated Al Sadd SC 3-2 in the second round of the FIFA Club World Cup Qatar 2019 at the Jassim bin Hamad Stadium on Saturday.
Two first-half goals gave CONCACAF Champions League winners Monterrey a comfortable lead and despite Baghdad Bounedjah and Abdelkarim Hassan finding the back of the net for Qatar's Al Sadd, the Mexicans set up a semi-final meeting with European champions Liverpool.
Doha: A second half goal from Bafetimbi Gomis steered Al Hilal SFC to a 1-0 win against Esperance de Tunis in the second round of the FIFA Club World Cup Qatar 2019 at Jassim bin Hamad Stadium on Saturday.
Gomis emerged as the hero for Al Hilal as he came off the bench in the 65th minute to score the only goal eight minutes later to steer Al Hilal into the semi-finals where they will meet Copa Libertadores champions Flamengo.
Al Sadd battle past Hienghène Sport to set up Monterrey date
Doha: Qatar champions Al Sadd Sports Club needed extra time to defeat New Caledonia's Hienghène Sport 3-1 in their FIFA Club World Cup Qatar 2019 first round tie at Jassim bin Hamad Stadium on Wednesday.
After taking the lead in the first half, Al Sadd lost their advantage as the Oceania champions leveled the tie in the first minute of the second half which then saw several missed chances from Al-Sadd.
Abdelkarim Hassan and Pedro, however, scored a goal each in extra-time to steer Al Sadd to the second round where they will meet CONCACAF Champions League winners FC Monterrey of Mexico on Saturday.
Riyadh: The 2019 AFC Champions League came to a conclusion with Al Hilal dominating the scene. After a 20-year drought, the Saudi giants finally won the title, with the team’s French striker, Bafetimbi Gomis, emerging as the tournament’s best player and top scorer with 11 goals.
Speaking exclusively to FIFA.com, the 34-year old Frenchman revealed the secrets to his impressive performances this season: “I worked hard on every level to score all these goals: technically, tactically and physically. The fitness coaches helped me a lot and thanks to my teammates I ended up the AFC Champions League’s top scorer and best player. I’m fortunate to be playing with a generation of talented Saudi players.”
Doha: There is no doubt that Virgil van Dijk is the best defender in the world right now. The imposing Dutchman was runner-up to Lionel Messi at The Best FIFA Men’s Player earlier this year, and as a result has become used to rubbing shoulders with the world’s greatest at the upper echelons of the game.
Van Dijk has yet to test himself on the global stage for his country though. The Liverpool man made his senior international debut in October 2015, and with the Oranje missing out on the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia, he has not graced the biggest stage at international level.
For the former Celtic and Southampton defender, the FIFA Club World Cup Qatar 2019 not only serves to whet the appetite for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 - it also gives him a chance to shine in a global setting for the very first time.