Wednesday, April 16, 2014   

(Club World Cup football) Raja Casablanca rout Atletico
(12-19 10:03)

Raja Casablanca converted a late penalty kick to upset Ronaldinho's Atletico Mineiro 3-1 yesterday in Morocco and set up an unexpected encounter with Bayern Munich in the Club World Cup final, AP reports.
The Moroccan club will play the Champions League winner on Saturday after an improbable victory set off by captain Mohsine Moutaouali's 84th-minute penalty, awarded when Atletico defender Rever was judged to have tripped Mouhssine Iajour inside the area.
Iajour had put the local favorite ahead in the 51st before more than 35,000 fans at the Marrakech Stadium before Ronaldinho equalized for the Brazilian team from an exquisite free kick in the 63rd.
But stunned Atletico coach Cuca could only look on in silence as substitute Vivien Mabide put the result beyond doubt with a stoppage time goal.
Now the Moroccans must pull off an even bigger upset over Bayern.
“Who would have believed we would come to this,'' Raja coach Faouzi Benzarti said through a translator.
Despite Ronaldinho's equalizer, the Brazilian playmaker was the one leaving the field red-eyed after the Copa Libertadores champion's unexpected loss.
Atletico certainly did not look the expected class above Raja, which used its speed on the counter to upset Atletico's backline of Leonardo Silva and Rever, who was exposed throughout but especially in the deciding spot kick.
Raja defender Zakaria El Hachimi celebrated the penalty by performing ‘the worm' along the grass.
The second goal came as Atletico looked set on avoiding an embarrassing upset, but the Brazilians' poorly organized defense left it open to too many attacks as Iajour unleashed a low shot in-between Lucas' legs to open the scoring with his second goal of the tournament.
Ronaldinho stuck to the script and provided his team's heroics as he curled a free kick over the defensive wall to curl inside the far post to equalize, but Mabide had no trouble volleying home Moutaouali's shot after it came off the crossbar.
Bayern, which also won Bundesliga, German Cup, and European Super Cup trophies in 2013, had dispensed of Asian champion Guangzhou Evergrande 3-0 in Tuesday's other semi-final. The Chinese champions will play Atletico in Saturday's third-place game.
Earlier, Monterrey of Mexico thrashed Al-Ahly of Egypt 5-1 for fifth-place.

   
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