Liverpool cap memorable year as Firmino seals triumph
Doha: Jurgen Klopp described winning the FIFA Club World Cup as "absolutely sensational" after Roberto Firmino's extra-time goal allowed Liverpool to beat Flamengo 1-0 in the final in Doha on Saturday and lift the trophy for the first time.
Firmino was picked out by Sadio Mane and waited for goalkeeper Diego Alves to commit before slotting low into the net in the 99th minute of an absorbing contest at the Khalifa International Stadium.
It was the moment that finally punctured the hopes of the Brazilian side and their vibrant support, after Liverpool had been denied a penalty by VAR right at the end of normal time.
The Qatari referee initially gave a spot-kick for a foul on Mane by Rafinha on the way into the box, but changed his mind following a lengthy review, forcing the contest into an extra 30 minutes.
Doha: Al Hilal SFC were denied a third place finish in the FIFA Club World Cup Qatar 2019 by Mexico’s Monterrey who triumphed 4-3 in a penalty shootout after a 2-2 draw at the Khalifa International Stadium on Saturday.
Monterrey goalkeeper Luis Cardenas was the hero in the shootout as he saved Carlos Eduardo and Mohamed Kanno's efforts before scoring the decisive penalty.
Al Hilal took the lead in the 35th minute through Eduardo but Monterrey scored two quick goals in the second period through Arturo Gonzalez and Maximiliano Meza, only for Bafetimbi Gomis to draw the 2019 AFC Champions League winners level and force the tie to penalties.
Disappointed Xavi urges Al Sadd to learn from experience
Doha: Al Sadd head coach Xavi Hernandez was left angry and disappointed with his side’s performance in the 6-2 defeat to Esperance Sportive de Tunis in their FIFA Club World Cup Qatar 2019 fifth place play-off tie at Khalifa International Stadium on Tuesday.
Al Sadd finished the match with 10 men as former AFC Player of the Year Abdelkarim Hassan was sent off in the 22nd minute while mistakes allowed Tunisian side Esperance to score six goals for a resounding win.
Doha: Bruno Henrique scored one goal and made two more to book Flamengo's place in the final of the FIFA Club World Cup Qatar 2019 as the Brazilian giants came from behind to beat Al Hilal SFC 3-1 on Tuesday.
Salem Al Dawsari gave the Saudi club a deserved lead in the first half of this semi-final on a rare rainy night at the Khalifa International Stadium, but Flamengo woke up after the interval and equalised through Giorgian De Arrascaeta in the 49th minute.
Bruno Henrique then headed home after 78 minutes and the Rio club made sure of their win when the same player's low cross was turned into his own net by defender Ali Albulayhi with eight minutes to play.
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.