Doha: Head coach Xavi Hernandez wants Al Sadd to finish fifth in the FIFA Club World Cup Qatar 2019 despite acknowledging they will have a “tough task” against Esperance de Tunis at Khalifa International Stadium on Tuesday.
Al-Sadd were aiming to qualify for the semi-finals but lost 3-2 to Monterrey of Mexico last Saturday, ending their hopes of, at least, emulating the 2011 squad who advanced to the last four stage of the 2011 FIFA Club World Cup.
Doha: Midfielder Nam Tae-hee was satisfied with the performance of Al Sadd SC despite the 3-2 defeat to Monterrey in the second round of the FIFA Club World Cup Qatar 2019 at the Jassim bin Hamad Stadium on Saturday.
The 28-year-old Korean international saw Al Sadd concede twice in the first half before eventually losing 3-2 to Mexico's Monterrey to miss out on a semi-final with UEFA Champions League winners Liverpool.
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.
Doha: Al Hilal SFC can't wait to lock horns with Brazil's Flamengo in the FIFA Club World Cup Qatar 2019 semi-finals on Tuesday.
The 2019 AFC Champions League winners defeated Esperance de Tunis 1-0 in the second round on Saturday, with substitute Bafetimbi Gomis' goal ensuring a plum tie against Copa Libertadores champions Flamengo.
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.
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.