Auckland City FC embarks into a new adventure in the Club World Cup now playing against the UAE champion, Al Jazira, a big test for the Navyblues who have been always used to play against the local champions of each host nation of this competition, it happened in 2009 vs Al Alhi in the same venue like it will be this year, its the 2nd time that Auckland will open the competitions against another team from UAE, in 2009 was vs Al Alhi, now vs Al Jazira, in 2011 they opened the tournament vs Kashiwa Reysol who won the J League some weeks before the start of the tournament, in 2012 vs Sanfrecce Hiroshima, the following year when the tournament changed of venue for Morocco played against Raja Casablanca, in 2014 was their best year in the tournament where they finished in 3rd place, in the opening match they played vs Moghreb Athletic de Tétuoan, in 2015 when they tournament returned to Japan they couldn´t repeat the same like the previous year and they were eliminated by Sanfrecce Hiroshima for the 2nd time, last year they started winning vs Kashima Antler but they couldn´t keep that score for much time and Kashima ended winning it and finally reaching the final where they played vs Real Madrid.
PSG, le geant est tombé!!! Enorme exploit du Racing! Magnifique et historique victoire!!!
Amazing performance from Racing with fighting spirit and the support not only from all the assistants to the Stade de la Meinau, also from all the region of Alsace, All the match was a real battle also with 9 minutes of added time, something totally crazy and never seen in Ligue 1! Da Costa opened the score early in the match while Mbappe equalized mintes before the end of the 1st half but in the 2nd half Bahoken with an impressive run and then a powerful shot beat Areola to put Racing on the lead and then PSG became an offensive wave in search of the equalizer but Kamara and all the Racingmen were concentrated on defending that narrow lead, in one of the PSG approaches Kamara got a bit injured and then he had to be replaced by Oudkidja who did a very good performance making important saves.
All the entire world is talking about this, for Strasbourg this day will be always remembered.
This loss of PSG is the 1st so far in this season (European and domestic competitions) meaning that Racing has ahieved the unthinkable.
When the referee blew his whistle all the stadium exploded in joy and happiness because of this historic achievement that will be always remembered not only for Racing fans, also in all Alsace.
Urawa Red Diamonds won the AFC Champions League title 10 years after they won their last one, in this time they beat Al Hilal 1-0
Urawa Reds will now represent not only Japan also as the Asian champion they will play their 2nd FIFA Club World Cup.
They have become the only Japanese team on winning 2 Asian club championship titles
This time Asia have 2 representants
Urawa as Asian champion and Al Jazira from UAE as the league champion of the host nation of the tournament.
Sheriff Tiraspol from Moldova won 1-0 vs Zlin and became the leaders of their group, theyr also leads a group for the first time in all their history of participations in European competitions, Sheriff is making one of their best campaigns in their history beating Lokomotiv Moscow 2-1 at Lokomotiv stadium, a historic result for the Moldovans and holding them to a 1-1 draw in Tiraspol and also Sheriff held 2 times to a 0-0 draw vs Copenhague at home and vs Zlin in the Czech Republic. Now they just need a point r to win in vs Copenhague at Parken stadium to qualify for the next round.
No advantages were taken between Al Hilal and Urawa in which it was a very interesting and eciting match where Al Hilal produced a lot of attacks and were very ofensive during the course of almost all the match.
Urawa took the lead with an early goal from Rafael Silva while Syrian star Kharbin equalized the score in the 37 minute, Urawa´s goalkeeper Nishikawa was a key factor in Urawa´s important away draw because he made many important saves and keep at bay the Al Hilal offensive machine.
This week will be well remembered by RB Leipzig and Hoffenheim as both recorded historic victories in their first participation in European competitions
RB Leipzig won 3-2 vs FC Porto in the UEFA Champions League and Hoffenheim won 3-1 vs Istanbuk Basaksehir in the UEFA Europa League
The Europa League has reached their matchday 3 and Hoffenheim have 3 points while in the Champions League RB Leipzig have 4 points
FC Istiklol has reached the AFC Cup final for the 2nd time in their history after drawing 2-2 vs Bengaluru from India but winning 3-2 on aggregate score to secure their place in the final vs Air Force from Iraq next month.
Its the 3rd time in all their history that they reach a continental final, 1st time was in the now defunct AFC President´s Cup on home soil and where they won it, the 2nd time was in 2015 vs Johor from Malaysia and now this year.