AL AIN, United Arab Emirates – A goal by Everton Soares five minutes into extra time gave Brazil’s Gremio a 1-0 victory on Tuesday over Mexican club Pachuca in the semifinal of the Club World Cup.
In the final, the Brazilian squad will face the winner of Wednesday’s other semifinal between reigning CWC champions Real Madrid and the UAE’s own Al Jazira.
Gremio, winner of the Copa Libertadores, was favored against Pachuca, but the tenacious, disciplined Mexican team made it earn its triumph.
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 was reduced to 10 men with the expulsion of Victor Guzman in the 110th minute for a second yellow card.