Reigning Asian champions Urawa Red Diamonds have secured a fifth-place finish in the 2017 FIFA Club World Cup after beating Wydad Casablanca 3-2 in Tuesday’s playoff.
It was Urawa who opened the scoring after 17 minutes in stunning fashion, as defender Mauricio Antonio received possession 40 yards out from goal and proceeded to unleash a rocket of a strike into the far corner.
Nonetheless, the Moroccan side equalised three minutes later when Ismail Haddad’s right-wing freekick sailed over a sea of players and crept inside the back post.
[試合結果]ウィダード・カサブランカ 2-3(前半1-2) 浦和レッズ
得点者 18分 60分 マウリシオ、21分 イスマイル エルハダッド(W・C)、26分 柏木陽介、90+4分 レダ ハジュージ(W・C)
※FCWC UAE 2017での浦和レッズの成績は5位。 pic.twitter.com/m97Dp2eOXf
— 浦和レッズオフィシャル (@REDSOFFICIAL) December 12, 2017
The Reds did reclaim the lead in the 25th minute following a neat interchange of passes, which eventually saw Rafael Silva lifting the ball over opposition keeper Badreddine Benachour to leave Yosuke Kashiwagi with a simple header into the unguarded net.
A minute before the hour mark, Mauricio extended his side’s lead with his second of the evening, pouncing on a loose ball inside the box and making no mistake in firing home from just before the penalty spot.
"I’m used to scoring with my head, but sometimes I try my luck with my feet. And today it worked… twice!”
— #ClubWC ??? (@FIFAcom) December 12, 2017
Wydad did manage to reduce the deficit deep into injury-time when Reda Hajhouj converted from the penalty spot, after Youssef Rabeh had been dragged down inside the area by Yuki Abe.
Nonetheless, it was a case of too little too late for the African representatives as Urawa held on to seal fifth spot in the tournament, earning some consolation after their disappointing loss to Al Jazira in the quarter-finals.