Club Football World Cup: Pachuca qualifies for semi-final

TOKYO: Pachuca''s painful defeat in last year''s Club World Cup inspired the Mexican team to secure a semi-final place against South American champions Liga de Quito in this year''s tournament.

Pachuca''s Club World Cup debut last year saw them dominant possession but
squander chances to lose 1-0 to Tunisia''s Etoile Sahel in the quarter-final. This time, the Mexican team stormed back from two goals down to beat six-time African champions Al Ahly of Egypt 3-2.

Al Ahly forward Mohamed Aboutrika''s deflected shot credited defender Fausto
Pinto with an own goal as the Mexican team went down 1-0 in the 28th minute.
Aboutrika then linked up with teammate Mohamed Barakat to feed Angolian
forward Flavio in the 45th minute to put the Egyptian side in control at 2-0.
But second-half substitute midfielder Luis Montes ignited a Pachuca comeback by scoring with a free kick from the right side of the box two minutes after the break.
Striker Christian Gimenez struck home an equalizer in the 73rd minute before Damian Alvarez and Gimenez sealed the victory in extra time.