Mamelodi Sundowns Crash Out of Fifa Club World Cup
The road at the FIFA Club world cup ended for Mamelodi Sundowns today morning when they were sunk by Jeonbuk Hyundai in the match for fifth place. The first South African side to appear at the Club World Cup lost 4-1 to the Asian champions.
The Asian and African champions, who had never faced off before, were looking to bounce back after their respective disappointments in the second round. However, the CAF Champions League winners only managed to find the net once in their 4-1 loss making it their second consecutive defeat at the FIFA Club World Cup.
Kim Bokyung opened the scoring on 18 minutes for the Asian champions, before Lee Jongho grabbed the second shortly before the half-hour mark in his final game for the Jeonju-based side.
Things went from bad to worse for Masandawana when Ricardo Nascimento turned the ball into his own net on 41 minutes, seeing the South African side trailing by three goals going into the break. The CAF Champions League winners pulled one back three minutes into the second half, when Percy Tau found the top corner with a lovely left-footed strike, before Kim Shinwook notched Jeonbuk’s fourth on 89 minutes.
[perfectpullquote align=”full” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]“When we create so many chances at home, we end up scoring and winning the game. But at the Club World Cup, it’s not as easy.” [/perfectpullquote]
Mamelodi Sundowns head coach Pitso Mosimane said.
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