Latin America

Pachuca defeats Al Ahly in Club World Cup

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TOKYO (AP)

Mexico's Pachuca erased a two-goal deficit to defeat Egypt's Al Ahly 4-2 on Saturday to advance to the semifinals of the Club World Cup. Pachuca, representing CONCACAF, appeared in trouble after goals by Mohamed Aboutrika and Flavio, but clawed its way back with second-half goals from Luis Montes and Christian Giminez before Damian Alverez sealed the victory 8 minutes into extra time. Giminez added a late insurance goal, sending Pachuca into the semifinals Wednesday against South American champions Liga de Quito of Ecuador. Montes began the comeback in the 47th minute by curling a free kick past goalkeeper Amir Abdelhamid, a feat repeated by Giminez in the 73rd minute to force extra time. Alvarez scored the eventual winner by burying a loose ball from close range, and Giminez capped the comeback in the second half of extra time with a powerful shot that Abdelhamid had little chance to stop. The tournament's next quarterfinal match pits Japan's Gamba Osaka and Australia's Adelaide United on Sunday in a rematch of the Asian Champions League Final. Adelaide, which defeated New Zealand's Waitakere in the opening match, was blanked by Gamba 5-0 on aggregate in the continental championship. The winner of Sunday's match will meet European champions Manchester United in the semifinals.