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Monterrey 3-2 Al-Sadd: Liverpool to face Monterrey in Club World Cup semi-finals

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Highlights: Monterrey win thriller to set up Liverpool semi-final

Liverpool will face Monterrey in their Fifa Club World Cup semi-final after the Mexican side beat Al-Sadd 3-2.

Left-back Leonel Vangioni gave Monterrey the lead with a 35-yard rocket before Rogelio Funes Mori doubled their advantage in first-half stoppage time.

Baghdad Bounedjah pulled one back for Al-Sadd before Carlos Rodriguez restored Monterrey's two-goal lead.

Abdelkarim Hassan scored a late consolation but Monterrey hung on.

You can watch Liverpool's semi-final against Monterrey on Wednesday on BBC Two, BBC iPlayer and the BBC Sport website and app, with the programme starting at 17.15 GMT.

Al-Sadd will now contest the fifth-placed play-off against Esperance Sportive de Tunis on Tuesday (14:30 GMT).

Brazil's Flamengo will face Saudi Arabia's Al Hilal in the other semi-final on Tuesday (17:30).

What can Liverpool expect from Monterrey?

Monterrey qualified for the Club World Cup as they were crowned champions of the Concacaf Champions League (for sides from North America, Central America and the Caribbean) for the fourth time.

They've also been Mexican champions on four occasions.

They played free-flowing, attacking football and looked threatening going forward, albeit against a shaky Al-Sadd defence.

The twin-brother of ex-Everton defender Ramiro Funes Mori, Rogelio looked a good player and took his goal well and may cause Liverpool problems.

Defensively, they were much weaker and Al-Sadd, in addition to scoring twice, cut them open and were guilty of missing some gilt-edged chances - the sort you would expect Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino to take.

It is a game Liverpool should and will expect to win.

You can watch every match from the tournament live on iPlayer and the BBC Sport website, with Liverpool's games on BBC Two.

Line-ups

Monterrey

  • 1Barovero
  • 33Medina
  • 3MontesSubstituted forBasantaat 86'minutes
  • 4SánchezBooked at 61mins
  • 11Vangioni
  • 29Rodríguez
  • 25GonzálezBooked at 55mins
  • 8PabónSubstituted forMezaat 73'minutes
  • 20PizarroSubstituted forLayúnat 80'minutes
  • 17Gallardo
  • 7Funes Mori

Substitutes

  • 6Gutiérrez
  • 10Urretaviscaya
  • 14Zaldívar
  • 15Basanta
  • 16Ortíz
  • 19Layún
  • 21González
  • 22Cárdenas
  • 23Vásquez
  • 24Reséndez
  • 32Meza
  • 94Mejía

Al Sadd

  • 1Al SheebSubstituted forAissa Barshamat 85'minutes
  • 2Carvalho Deus CorreiaBooked at 41mins
  • 16KhoukhiBooked at 37mins
  • 6SalmanBooked at 75mins
  • 3Hassan Fadlalla
  • 20Al HajriSubstituted forJung Woo-Youngat 71'minutes
  • 14Fernández Arenas
  • 10Al Haydos
  • 19Nam
  • 45Afif
  • 11BounedjahBooked at 32mins

Substitutes

  • 5Jung Woo-Young
  • 8Thaimn Qambar
  • 12Khaleefa Hamid
  • 22Aissa Barsham
  • 23Ali Abdullatif
  • 52Bahzad
  • 61Tarek
  • 66Aboubaker Isa
  • 83Balideh
  • 85Azadi
  • 99Al Hamawendi
Referee:
Ovidiu Hategan
Attendance:
4,878

Match Stats

Home TeamMonterreyAway TeamAl Sadd
Possession
Home38%
Away62%
Shots
Home17
Away17
Shots on Target
Home8
Away5
Corners
Home7
Away6
Fouls
Home14
Away16

Live Text

Match ends, Monterrey 3, Al Sadd 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Monterrey 3, Al Sadd 2.

Corner, Monterrey. Conceded by Meshaal Aissa.

Attempt saved. Jesús Gallardo (Monterrey) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Foul by Boualem Khoukhi (Al Sadd).

Maximiliano Meza (Monterrey) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Pedro Miguel (Al Sadd) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Boualem Khoukhi.

Hand ball by Maximiliano Meza (Monterrey).

Offside, Monterrey. Maximiliano Meza tries a through ball, but Rogelio Funes Mori is caught offside.

Attempt saved. Carlos Rodríguez (Monterrey) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Rogelio Funes Mori.

Goal!

Goal! Monterrey 3, Al Sadd 2. Abdelkarim Hassan (Al Sadd) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Baghdad Bounedjah.

Attempt missed. Carlos Rodríguez (Monterrey) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right following a corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Monterrey. José Basanta replaces César Montes.

Substitution

Substitution, Al Sadd. Meshaal Aissa replaces Saad Al Sheeb because of an injury.

Corner, Monterrey. Conceded by Saad Al Sheeb.

Attempt saved. Rogelio Funes Mori (Monterrey) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jesús Gallardo.

Corner, Monterrey. Conceded by Pedro Miguel.

Corner, Monterrey. Conceded by Boualem Khoukhi.

Attempt missed. Jung Woo-Young (Al Sadd) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top left corner. Assisted by Gabi.

Substitution

Substitution, Monterrey. Miguel Layún replaces Rodolfo Pizarro.

Attempt missed. Abdelkarim Hassan (Al Sadd) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Akram Afif with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Al Sadd. Conceded by Leonel Vangioni.

Goal!

Goal! Monterrey 3, Al Sadd 1. Carlos Rodríguez (Monterrey) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Jesús Gallardo.

Hand ball by Maximiliano Meza (Monterrey).

Booking

Tarek Salman (Al Sadd) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Tarek Salman (Al Sadd).

Maximiliano Meza (Monterrey) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Monterrey. Maximiliano Meza replaces Dorlan Pabón.

Substitution

Substitution, Al Sadd. Jung Woo-Young replaces Salem Al Hajri.

Attempt missed. Rodolfo Pizarro (Monterrey) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Jesús Gallardo.

Foul by Nam Tae-hee (Al Sadd).

Jonathan González (Monterrey) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Rogelio Funes Mori (Monterrey) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Dorlan Pabón.

Gabi (Al Sadd) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Rodolfo Pizarro (Monterrey).

Goal!

Goal! Monterrey 2, Al Sadd 1. Baghdad Bounedjah (Al Sadd) header from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Hassan Al Haydos with a cross.

Attempt missed. Akram Afif (Al Sadd) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Hassan Al Haydos.

Attempt missed. Nam Tae-hee (Al Sadd) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Akram Afif.

Attempt saved. Dorlan Pabón (Monterrey) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Rogelio Funes Mori.

Foul by Gabi (Al Sadd).

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