Friday, 7 December 2007

World Club Cup: Sepahan qualify for QF's

Sepahan secured a shot at revenge by beating Waitakere United 3-1 in the opening game at the FIFA Club World Cup 2007 in Japan.

The Iranians will now face Urawa Red Diamonds, whom they recently lost to in the final of the Asian Champions League, in Monday's quarter-final.

Emad Mohammed gave Sepahan the perfect start, scoring twice inside the opening five minutes to give them a commanding advantage. Abdul Wahab Abu Al Hail added a third within two minutes of the restart, and Luka Bonacic's side continued to press forward for more goals.

However, a courageous Waitakere side refused to give in and 16 minutes from time they reduced the deficit. Darren Bazeley's free kick deflected off Sepahan keeper Hadi Aghily and crept into the net.

The consolation goal ensured the New Zealanders will return home with something to celebrate, while their opponents will look forward to a chance at redemption.

Sepahan's swift reunion with Urawa takes place in Toyota on Monday, with the winner meeting European champions AC Milan in the semi-finals on Thursday.

In the other half of the draw, Etoile Sportive du Sahel of Tunisia will take on Pachuca of Mexico in Tokyo on Sunday, with the winners meeting South American champions Boca Juniors in the first semi on Wednesday.

FINAL: [Boca Juniors 2-4 Milan]

Source: FIFA

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