Following their quarter-final defeats, Al-Wahda Sports Club and Club de Futbol Pachuca have the chance to salvage some pride in the match for fifth place at the FIFA Club World Cup UAE 2010, their final game in the competition. For the Emirati outfit there is also the opportunity to give the home fans something to get excited about.
Club de Futbol Pachuca-Al-Wahda Sports Club, Mohammed bin Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi, Wednesday 15 December 2010, 18.00 (local time)
Pachuca had high hopes coming into this competition but have had to lower their sights significantly following last Friday’s defeat to TP Mazembe Englebert. Tuzos coach Pablo Marini will be hoping his charges produce a more effective performance in front of goal than they managed against the Congolese in what will be their last match in the competition for at least two years, the Mexicans having failed to reserve a place in the 2010/11 CONCACAF Champions League.
Home favourites Al Wahda have received plenty of support in their two games so far and will attempt to repay the fans with a farewell victory. To do that the Emirati side will need to avoid making the defensive mistakes that caused their undoing against Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma F.C. Even so, Al Wahda can console themselves with the fact that they have gone further in the competition than compatriots Al Ahli FC managed last season.
Most of the attention will be focused on the duel between veteran Pachuca goalkeeper Miguel Calero and the home side’s Brazilian striker Fernando Baiano, who already has two goals to his name and is looking to end the tournament as one of the leading scorers.
4 - The average number of yellow cards shown in fifth-place matches at the FIFA Club World Cup, the highest number being the six shown in the 2005 meeting between Al Ahly Sporting Club and FC Sydney. Last year’s match produced the first red card to be shown at this stage of the competition. The unlucky recipient was TP Mazembe goalkeeper Muteba Kidiaba.
“We need to work harder for the next match. We have it all to do if we’re going to get that fifth place against Pachuca, although there’s not much time between the two games. I hope the team can do better than they did against Seongnam, but we’ll have to make do without Haidar Alo Ali, who’s injured,” Josef Hickersberger, Al Wahda coach.
“The tournament’s already over as far as I’m concerned, but we’ll be doing the best we can out of respect for our opponents and for the competition. We’ll need to give a better account of ourselves than we did in our last match,” Miguel Calero, Pachuca goalkeeper.