Ulsan finish in last place at FIFA Club World Cup
Ulsan Hyundai FC finished in last place at the FIFA Club World Cup, losing the fifth-place playoff to Qatari side Al-Duhail at Al Rayyan Stadium in Qatar on Sunday.
Ulsan fell behind in the first half, with Al-Duhail's Edmilson Junior scoring in the 21st minute. The Korean club was able to bounce back at the top of the second half. Ulsan's Yoon Bit-garam scored the equalizer in the 62nd minute to tie the score at 1-1.
But the Qatari club wasn't finished. Mohammed Muntari gave Al-Duhail the lead again just four minutes later in the 66th minute before Almoez Ali scored the third in the 82nd to finish the game with the Qatari side up 3-1.
The Club World Cup is an annual knockout tournament that brings together six major champions from six continents — the AFC Champions League from Asia, CAF Champions League from Africa, Concacaf Champions League from North America, Copa Libertadores from South America, OFC Champions League from Oceania and the UEFA Champions League from Europe.
The six teams are joined by the domestic league winner of the host nation, this year Qatar, making it a seven-club tournament.
The opening match of the knockout tournament typically pitches the winner of the OFC Champions League against the domestic league winner, with the victor moving on to the second round. As OFC winner Auckland FC withdrew from the tournament, the first round was canceled and the Qatari side automatically progress to the second round.
Ulsan lost their second-round game, the first game of the tournament, to Mexican side Tigres UANL last week. After being knocked out of the tournament proper, Ulsan qualified for the fifth-place playoff against Al-Duhail, who qualified on behalf of the host nation. Al-Duhail lost to Egyptian side Al Ahly in the second round.
Tigres have already beaten Brazilian side Palmeiras to earn a spot in the final, while Al Ahly are set to face Bayern Munich in the semifinal early on Tuesday morning.
Ulsan will be back in action when the K League returns at the start of March.
BY JIM BULLEY [firstname.lastname@example.org]