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FIFA Club World Cup 2017: Brazilian side Gremio edge Pachuca in 1st semi

Gremio, winners of the Copa Libertadores, were favored against Pachuca, but the tenacious, disciplined Mexican team made them earn their triumph.

IANS | Al Ain |

A goal by Everton Soares five minutes into extra time gave Brazil’s Gremio a 1-0 victory here over Mexican football club Pachuca in the semifinal of the FIFA Club World Cup.

Gremio, winners of the Copa Libertadores, were favored against Pachuca, but the tenacious, disciplined Mexican team made them earn their triumph, reports Efe.

Luan was the Brazilian side’s most dangerous attacker, forcing an outstanding save from Pachuca goalkeeper Oscar Perez at the hour mark, 15 minutes before teammate Edilson hit the post with a free kick.

Gremio’s frustration ended in the 95th minute, when substitute Everton beat an unprepared Perez with a powerful shot from inside the box to put his side up 1-0.

Pachuca were reduced to 10 men with the expulsion of Victor Guzman in the 110th minute for a second yellow card.