Urawa finish fourth at FIFA Club World Cup

Urawa finish fourth at FIFA Club World Cup

Urawa Reds fell to Al Ahly on Friday in the FIFA Club World Cup, giving them a fourth place finish at the world championship.

The Asian and African champions put on a terrific show in the third place match, trading chances and goals for much of the contest at Prince Abdullah al-Faisal Stadium in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, but it was the Egyptian side who came out on top, 4-2.

Yasser Ibrahim scored the opening goal for Al Ahly, tapping in a rebound after 19 minutes. Percy Tau then doubled the Egyptians’ lead, capitalizing on a mistake at the back.

However, Urawa would regroup well after the suspect moments that gave away the opening pair of goals. José Kanté marked his final professional match with a goal on the full volley, before Alexander Scholz buried a penalty to level the match at 2-2.

It was not to be for Urawa, though.

First, an unfortunate deflection off Yoshio Koizumi put the ball in Urawa’s net to gift Al Ahly the lead back. Then, a stoppage time VAR decision gave Al Ahly a late penalty kick that wrapped up the match.

The Reds were visibly disappointed after the game, but their run to a fourth place finish at the Club World Cup was nothing short of marvelous. They conquered Asia for a third time in club history, winning the AFC Champions League, and then made it to the third place match following a win against Concacaf champions Club León of Mexico.

Despite the losses to Manchester City and Al Ahly, Urawa can return to Japan with their heads held high; it was a phenomenal journey for one of Asia's proudest clubs and one their supporters will remember forever.