TOKYO: The line-up for next month’s FIFA Club World Cup has been completed after Sanfrecce Hiroshima captured their first J.League title after a 4-1 home win over Cerezo Osaka.
Vegalta Sendai’s 1-0 home defeat by relegation-threatened Albirex Niigata handed Hiroshima the title with one match to spare in the 2012 season. They have 61 points from 33 games, four points more than Sendai and will take the ‘extra’ slot reserved for the tournament hosts.
Hiroshima will play Oceania champions Auckland City from New Zealand in Yokohama in the opening match of the Club World Cup on December 6. The winners go on to face African champions Al Ahly of Egypt three days later.
The other quarter-final matches Asian champions Ulsan Hyundai against CONCACAF’s Monterrey.
As usual, the champions of South America and Europe will not make their appearances until the semi-finals.
Brazil’s Corinthians play Hiroshima or Auckland or Al Ahly in the Toyota Stadium on December 12 while Chelsea face Ulsan or Monterrey in Yokohama.
The final is also in Yokohama, venue for the 2002 World Cup Final, on December 16. The European champions have won the past five tournaments. The last South American winners were Brazil’s Internacional in 2006.
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