UAE's Al Jazira to Face Real Madrid in FIFA Club World Cup Semi-Final

Published December 9th, 2017 - 07:09 GMT
Al-Jazira's Emirati forward Ali Mabkhout celebrates after scoring a goal against Urawa Reds during their FIFA Club World Cup quarter-final match at Zayed Sports City Stadium in the Emirati capital Abu Dhabi on December 9, 2017.
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Al-Jazira's Emirati forward Ali Mabkhout celebrates after scoring a goal against Urawa Reds during their FIFA Club World Cup quarter-final match at Zayed Sports City Stadium in the Emirati capital Abu Dhabi on December 9, 2017. GIUSEPPE CACACE / AFP

Real Madrid will play UAE Arabian Gulf League champions Al Jazira in the FIFA Club World Cup semi-finals on Wednesday.

Al Jazira, managed by former Barcelona and Chelsea coach Henk Ten Cate, edged out AFC Asian Champions League winners Urawa Red Diamonds at the quarter-final stage in Abu Dhabi on Saturday night.

A single Ali Mabkhout goal in the second half from a pass supplied by Romarinho was the difference between the teams.

Madrid fly to UAE on Sunday having trashed Sevilla 5-0 in their final La Liga game before commencing their FIFA Club World Cup campaign.

Former Madrid star Lassana Diarra is on the books of Al Jazira but is not included in their squad for this tournament. He is expected to depart the club in the next transfer window.

In the other semi-final, Copa Libertadores champions Gremio will play Mexico's Pachuca on Tuesday in Al Ain. Pachuca qualified for the semis after winning the CONCACAF Champions League and beating African representatives Wydad Casablanca in the quarter-finals.

By Peter Staunton


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