Stoppage Time – International Football Blog

FIFA: Pachuca claim 5th place thanks to Cvitanovich

Posted in Asian Football, North and Central American Football by peterbein on December 15, 2010

Dario CvitanivichNorth and Central American champions Pachuca CF had their Argentinian striker Dario Cvitanvich to thank as they ultimately heralded a fifth place finish in their FIFA Club World Cup 5th/6th play-off match with local favourites Al-Wahda in Abu Dhabi.

The United Arab Emirates champions took a 1-0 lead into the break thanks to an Ismail Matar strike just sixty seconds before the half-time whistle. In the second half Hamdan Al Kamali saw red as he received a second yellow card which left Al-Wahda with ten men and only eighteen minutes left on the clock. However their setback was to be forgotten five minutes later when Mahmoud Al Hammadi popped up to double their lead and it looked like the Mexican side were going to suffer the ignominy of losing both their games in this year’s tournament. But it was with eight minutes to play that the game turned into the Dario Cvitanivich show with the Argentine pulling a goal back in the 82nd minute. With just sixty seconds of normal time to go Cvitanovich guided the ball home from close range to send the game into extra-time, during which there was no further scoring.

Pachuca, who have four continental titles to their name, showed the most composure from twelve yards (eleven metres if you prefer) as they converted all of their four necessary kicks. Al-Wahda, on the other hand, missed with their third and fourth efforts through club captain Abdulraheem Jumaa and Modibi Diarra. This allowed the Mexicans to restore some pride and breathe a sigh of relief as they won the shoot-out 4-2 to seal fifth place in their third FIFA Club World Cup competition.

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