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Battle for remaining Club World Cup berths hots up
November 09, 2018
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Abu Dhabi: This weekend marks a huge window of qualifying for the FIFA Club World Cup (CWC) UAE 2018. Come Saturday evening, the six out of the seven teams will be finalised, who will be taking the field in Abu Dhabi and Al Ain from Dec.12-22.

On Friday night, Espérance Sportive de Tunis, from Tunisia and Egyptian giants Al Ahly SC resume their battle in the CAF Champions League. With Al Ahly leading 3-1 from the first leg in Egypt, the match in Tunisian capital Tunis promises to be an intriguing encounter.

The following evening, Persepolis FC host Japan’s Kashima Antlers in the second leg of the AFC Champions League final, with Kashima leading 2-0 after the first leg.

A weekend of intense action will be rounded off in the early hours of Sunday morning when Argentinian duo Club Atlético Boca Juniors and Club Atlético River Plate take their fierce domestic ‘Supeclasico’ rivalry into a Copa Libertadores final for the first time.

“The FIFA Club World Cup UAE 2018 will be in the spotlight on three continents this weekend with the African and Asian qualifiers being decided.

“By Sunday, we will be just 90 minutes away from knowing the full line-up of teams for the tournament in Abu Dhabi and Al Ain next month, following the first leg of the Copa Libertadores final in South America.

“Outside of the tournament itself, it doesn’t really get more exciting for football fans,” His Excellency Aref Hamed Al Awani, Tournament Director, FIFA Club World Cup UAE 2018 Local Organizing Committee said.

“The schedule is really taking shape and it already promises to be an unforgettable experience with some of the biggest club sides in the world confirmed. Fans should secure their seats to see the world’s best club sides in action.”

The Tunisian side will be looking for home support to help them mount a memorable comeback to win their third African confederation title. Their last triumph was in 2011. The club also appeared in the CAF Champions League final in 2012, when they lost to Al Ahly.

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