The South American club, River Plate, will be hosted by Sanfrecce Hiroshima at the Nagai Stadium in Osaka, Western Japan, on Wednesday, Dec. 16 starting 13:00 KO time. Both teams will compete in their semi final clash to gain a place in the Club World Cup Final.
River Plate will be looking for a possible final clash with FC Barcelona but that means they have to get past the local team first. Sanfrecce have been exceptional in the tournament and beating them in their own backyard will be a tough ask.
“They are the best team in Japan,” River Plate coach Marcelo Gallardo said Tuesday. “They are very good at controlling the ball, they play at a high quality and are extremely resilient.”
The Central Daily notes that River Plate fans will be traveling across the globe to show support for their favorite team. Albeit home advantage, beating River Plate won’t be easy.
Sanfrecce registered at 2-0 victory over Auckland City and 3-0 victory over African champion TP Mazembe to set up a clash with River Plate.
“I have seen incredible growth and development in Japanese soccer,” Gallardo said. “When we played here in August the opposition was speedy and technically skilled. I expect Hiroshima to be at the same level.”
According to the Goal, the South American team had a fruitful year and will be looking to replicate their year long form in the semi-final clash against the Japanese Club.
As per the ESPN FC reports, Barcelona will be facing Chinese champion Guangzhou Evergrande for the final place in the Club World Cup 2015. The final is set for Dec. 20.
Both teams look confident ahead of their clash and it has all the ingredients for an exciting semi-final clash.
Sanfrecce Hiroshima vs River Plate
Date: Wednesday, 16 December 2015
Time: 1 PM KO Time
Venue: Osaka’s Nagai Stadium, Western Japan
Live Stream: Stream2Watch