There will be pride on the line when ES Setif meet Western Sydney Wanderers, with the pair aiming to bow out of Morocco 2014 on a high in their first campaigns in the competition.
ES Setif - Western Sydney Wanderers, Le Grand Stade de Marrakech, Wednesday 17 December, 16:30 (local time)
This is an occasion that ES Setif wanted to avoid at all costs, having targeted the semi-finals, only to be thrown off course by Auckland City, who defeated Les Aigles Noirs courtesy of a John Irving strike. Now the African champions dare not slip up again if they wish to salvage some consolation for their fans, who were dreaming big ahead of the first ever appearance in the competition by an Algerian side.
Western Sydney Wanderers, meanwhile, must still be asking themselves how they failed to see things through against Cruz Azul, who netted a late equaliser in normal time and then went on to wrap up a 3-1 victory in extra time. This turn of events was a real heartbreaker for the Australians, whose Nigerian defender Seyi Adeleke has claimed that the match for fifth place is the perfect opportunity for the Wanderers to put the blow behind them and end the competition with their heads held high. However, they will have to do so without captain Nikolai Topor-Stanley and centre-back Matthew Spiranovic, who were both sent off against the Mexicans.
5 – ES Setif are flying the flag for Algeria, the fifth African country to be represented at the FIFA Club World Cup, after Morocco (Raja Casablanca and Moghreb Tetouan), Egypt (Al Ahly), Tunisia (Etoile du Sahel and Esperance) and Congo DR (TP Mazembe). In all, teams from 24 different countries have now competed at the tournament.
"We're always trying to improve. Our aim now is to finish fifth, which isn't so bad. We need to end the year in style by beating ES Setif," Western Sydney Wanderers defender Seyi Adeleke.