The first semifinal of the Club World Cup is played at Suita City Football Stadium, where the Copa Libertadores champion is measured against the Japanese Kashima Antlers. Atletico Nacional appear in this tournament after achieving the title last year. Reinaldo Rueda obtained the second continental title for the Pigs, after the success of the coffee table in 1989.
This season, Atletico Nacional led Colombia’s Primera A Clausura, scoring 37 points in the 20 games played, and finished one point behind Independiente Medellín in the Apertura. In the Playoffs of this Apertura tournament, the continental champion suffered to eliminate Rionegro Águilas, needing a penalty shootout in the quarterfinals. In the semi-finals, the team lost against all odds at the hands of Atletico Junior, who defeated them at home after a penalty shoot-out. In the Playoffs of the Clausura tournament, the team went back in the quarterfinals to Millonarios, after losing 2-1 in the first leg. On the return, Atletico Nacional thrashed 3-0. Already in the semifinals, the team has been eliminated before Independent of Santa Fé, despite to tie to 1 in the first leg played the past day 8. In the afternoon of Monday 12, the equipment demonstrated to have the head put in Japan, falling thrashing At home by a resounding 0-4.
Once Probable: Bonilla – Velasco, Cuesta, Najeram Garcia – Bernal, Blanco, Nieto, Dajome – Quiñones, Rescaldani.
World-of-clubs Kashima Antlers has reached the semifinals of the tournament surpassing the two previous rounds. The Japanese team suffered to defeat Auckland City New Zealand by a tight 2-1. The kiwi team advanced on the scoreboard in the 50th minute, with goalkeeper Dae Wook Kim, but Shuhei Akasaki’s goals, which had entered 13 minutes before, and the minute 88 of Mu Kanazaki gave the victory to Those of Masatada Ishii, who were measured to the South African Mamelodi in the Round 2. As before the New Zealanders, the party was very controlled in the first hour of game. It might be a while before the fans see Yasushi Endo again, after he had to leave the field in great distress at the 63 minute mark. In spite of the effort of the Africans in their attempt to tie the party, the Japanese maintained with advantage in the marker until, again, Mu Kanazaki, another bez in minute 88, marked the second and definitive both in the victory of the 0-2.
After dominating in the first phase of the Japanese league competition, finishing in first place with 39 points, one more than the Kawasaki Frontale, the team added 20 points in the following 17 games, remaining in third place in the regular league. In the semi-finals, the Kawasaki Frontale was waiting, which they defeated 0-1 on 23 November. In the final, double played, the team lost at home in the first leg (0-1), but was able to come back home, rising with the title after 1-2 in the second leg.
Once Probable: Sogahata – Daigo Nishi, Hwang, Shoji, Yamamoto – Endo, Nagaki, Ogasawara, Shibasaki – Fabricio, Shoma Doi.
The Colombians are better than their rival, despite their bad moment in the semifinals of the past tournament. They must win this match.