A brace from Silvio Romero saw Mexican side Club America set up a match with Real Madrid on Thursday in the Club World Cup semifinals after coming from behind to beat South Korean team Jeonbuk Motors 2-1.
No South Korean club has won the FIFA Club World Cup and that run will continue as the AFC Champions League winners were knocked out despite going ahead through Kim Bo-Kyung in the first half.
But the CONCACAF champions came back in the second as Romero headed home in the 58th minute before his 74th minute shot deflected off two Jeonbuk players and into the net for the winner.
Club America lost to China’s Guangzhou Evergrande in the first round of last year’s tournament.
They were crowned CONCACAF champions for the second year in a row in April, after beating compatriots Tigres 2-0 away and 2-1 at home in the two-legged final.
Hundreds of Japanese fans showed up at the crack of dawn to greet Real Madrid as they arrived in Japan on Monday. Led by Cristiano Ronaldo, the European champions arrived shortly after 5:00 a.m. and were met by about 300 fans at Tokyo’s Haneda airport before boarding a team bus.
Zinedine Zidane’s team will hold a practice session later on Monday in Yokohama as they prepare for Thursday’s semifinal clash with Mexico’s Club America