The 2015 Club World Cup now has its first finalist with Argentinian club River Plate having overcome Sanfrecce Hiroshima 1-0 in the first semi-final which was played in the Osaka Nagai Stadium. A strike from Alario in the second half was enough to give ‘los millionarios’ victory over the host nation’s representative who had made it to the last four thanks to their win in their previous round over African side TP Mazembe.
The Japanese side had the better of the first half with River keeper Barovero keeping his team in the game with a string of impressive saves. In the second a mistake from Hiroshima goalkeeper Takuto allowed Alario to head home with 19 minutes to go to seal victory for the club from Buenos Aires.
River Plate are now through to the final and will face the winner of the semi-final between FC Barcelona and Guangzhou Evergrade which will be played at the International Yokohama Stadium on Thursday at 7.30pm local time.