Nine-man Esperance win consolation fifth place in penalty shootout

12/18/2018 12:00:00 AM Share this:

Esperance de Tunis drew some consolation by taking fifth place in the FIFA Club World Cup UAE 2018 after their win over Guadalajara on penalties 6-5 after a one-all deadlock at the Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium in Al Ain.

Walter Sandoval opened the scoring from a spot kick to put the Mexican side ahead five minutes in to the game before the African champions struck the equaliser through Mohammed Belaili, also from a penalty shortly before half time.

With the scores deadlocked at the end of the 90 minutes, the Esperance defender Chamseddine Dhaouadi fired the winning penalty in the shootout to give his side a tense win.

The Tunisian side were reduced to nine players on the pitch in the second half. Anice Badri was shown a second yellow card on 79 minutes and Houcine Rebai a straight red for a challenge on Isaac Brizuela late in the match.

Despite the numerical disadvantage, Esperance held their nerves to leave the tournament with their heads held high.

Chivas took an early lead, as they did against Kashima Antlers, in the first game. Sameh Derbali brought down Angel Zaldivar inside the area, and after a VAR decision awarded a penalty.

Esperance were awarded a penalty on 37 minutes, again, following the VAR review which confirmed the ball was handled by Josecarlos van Rankin inside the area.