Tigres is about to dispute the Club World Cup for the first time in its history and like every year for Mexico, hope is set on reaching the grand final of the tournament, something that no other Aztec club has achieved since this competition was established in 2000.
To remember the Mexican teams that left the best image in the international tournament, here we present you Top 5 Aztec Club Exhibits at the FIFA Club World Cup.
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Atlante vs FC Barcelona, Club World Cup 2009 | KARIM SAHIB / .
Only four Mexican teams have finished third in the Club World Cup, so the fifth place on this list cannot be other than the fourth most worthy place: the Atlante in 2009.
The Iron Colts they beat Auckland City 3-0 in their first round, advancing to the semifinals against Barcelona. There they had the best 30 minutes in their history, as they put the best team in the world in check.
He Atlante of the ‘Profe’ Cruz, Santiago Solari and the ‘Hobbit’ Bermúdez was beating Barça Guardiola, Iniesta and Xavi for 35 minutes, until Sergio Busquets tied and sent the game 1-1 at halftime.
In the second half Messi He entered the field and Barcelona was uncovered. They won 3-1 and sent Atlante to the match for third place, where they surprisingly lost on penalties to South Korea’s Pohan Steelers.
CF Monterrey v Chelsea FC – FIFA Club World Cup Semi Final | Lintao Zhang / .
The third least decent place that a Mexican team has is the Monterrey from 2012Although they beat Al-Ahly 2-0 in the match for third place, Chelsea put them on a walk for 90 minutes.
Aldo de Nigris at 91 ‘made that semifinal more decorous and they only lost 3-1, but that same Chelsea fell in the final 1-0 against Corinthians.
Despite this, many Mexican teams wish they had a third-place medal in this World Cup tournament.
Gremio FBPA v CF Pachuca – FIFA Club World Cup UAE 2017 | Etsuo Hara / .
One of the most disappointing performances for a Mexican team, but at the same time the closest he had to reach a final, is that of Pachuca in 2017.
The Tuzos won their first game 1-0 and in overtime at Wydad Casablanca from Morocco, what gave them the unique possibility of facing a Conmebol team to reach the final.
That team was the Porto Alegre Guild, and although they took the game to overtime again, they fell 1-0 to the most affordable rival to reach a final.
The third place was won by Al-Jazira 4-1 without major problem, but the feeling was adverse, as they had on a silver platter the possibility of reaching a final without having to face the Champions League champion first.
Monterrey vs Liverpool, Club World Cup 2019 | GIUSEPPE CACACE / .
For third places much more worthy in Monterrey, none like the one reached in 2019, because after winning without major complications Al-sadd of Xavi Hernández in the first round, they put the Liverpool by Jürgen Klopp during the semifinal.
In a real game with options for both teams, the Striped they kept a 1-1 draw until minute 90. When everything seemed like they would take the game to overtime, Roberto Firminho He took away that illusion at 91 ‘in a distraction and sentenced the game.
The third place was taken on penalties against Al-Hilal with a dosed team, as the final of the Mexican tournament awaited them with anxiety.
Fernando Morientes of Real Madrid and Salvador Cabrera of Necaxa, Club World Cup 2000 | Shaun Botterill / .
An unparalleled performance that even deserved more than a third place is the one performed by Necaxa in the first edition of a Club World Cup.
To begin with, the format was different, because in addition to classifying the champion of each confederation, Real Madrid was invited to complete eight teams and form two groups, where only the first would qualify for the grand final.
In group B, the Necaxa started with an extraordinary performance and drew 1-1 against the Manchester United, who was two minutes away from beating, but a goal from Dwaight Yorke at 88 ‘equalized the cards.
After beating South Melbourne 3-1 in the second match, the pass to the final would be defined against Vasco da Gama, against whom unfortunately they fell 2-1 and said goodbye to the title; Nevertheless, that gave them the possibility to face the Real Madrid for third place, since they couldn’t lead their group either.
The game against the meringues is the crowning of the best period in the club’s history, They beat the team led by Vicente del Bosque on penalties after a 1-1 draw in regular time and overtime.
Beating Real Madrid and drawing against Manchester United is an achievement that not even the champion could do in that fair (Corinthians).
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