Posted on September 24, 2012
ZURICH, Swizterland — If CONCACAF champion Monterrey defeats the Asian Champions League winner in the Club World Cup quarterfinals, its prize will be Chelsea in the competition’s semifinals, it was determined on Monday.
The Asian champion has not been determined yet as that competition is in the quarterfinals.
The tournament will take place over a 10-day period in Japan in December.
Saudi Arabia has three teams — Al-Ittihad, Al-Hilal and Al-Ahli — still in the tournament. Sepahan (Iran), Guangzhou Evergrande (China), Adelaide United (Australia), Bunyodkor (Uzbekistan) and Ulsan Hyundai (Japan) also are in contention. The winner will be determined on Nov. 10.
On the other side of the draw, the winner of the J-League in Japan will qualify as host and face Auckland City, which won the OFC Champions League in Oceania, in a playoff.
The victor of that game will take on the African champions in the quarterfinal. The winner will face Corinthians, survivor of the Copa Libertadores in South America, in the semifinal.
The African teams that remain in contention for a place in Japan are Mazembe (Democratic Republic of the Congo), Esperance (Tunisia), Sunshine Stars (Nigeria) and Al-Ahly (Egypt).
Photo: Chilean striker Humberto Suazo and his Monterrey teammates will play the Asian champion at the Club World Cup in Japan in December. Andy Mead/YCJ
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