Club America beats TP Mazembe to claim 5th at Club World Cup

Club America forward Dario Benedetto (2nd right) celebrates his goal against TP Mazembe with his team-mates during their Club World Cup fifth place play-off match in Osaka.

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OSAKA, Japan —

Dario Benedetto and Martin Zuniga scored first-half goals as Mexico’s Club America beat TP Mazembe 2-1 to finish in fifth place at the Club World Cup.

Benedetto put the CONCACAF champions ahead in the 19th minute and Zuniga widened the lead 10 minutes later when he tapped in a loose ball from close range.

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Rainford Kalaba pulled one back for the African champions with two minutes remaining in the first half.

South American champions River Plate face J-League title winner Sanfrecce Hiroshima later Wednesday.

The winner will face either Barcelona or Chinese champion Guangzhou Evergrande in Sunday’s final.

The tournament features the top clubs from FIFA’s six continental confederations plus the champion of the host country.