FilGoal | News | Gignac claws scratch Ulsan and lead Tigres to the World Cup semi-finals


Andre-Pierre Gignac – Onal Tigres – Club World Cup

Concacaf Champions League champion Tigres Unal, Mexico, beat South Koreas Ulsan Hyundai, champion of the AFC Asian League, in the opening match of the 2020 Club World Cup.

The match, which was held at Ahmed Bin Ali Stadium in Doha, saw the South Korean team advance through its captain Kim Ki-hee, while Frenchman Andre-Pierre Gignac scored the double for the Mexican team.

To scratch the claws of the veteran striker, the Asian team, nicknamed the Tigers, to lead Mexican “Tigres” to the golden box in his first participation in the Club World Cup.

The South Korean teams do not know the victory over their Mexican counterpart in the World Cup, if this is the fifth match, they lost 4 and drew 1, and ended with Pohang Stellers’ victory in the 2009 edition on penalties.

Gignac, who scored a double, quickly became the second most goalscoring French player in the competition, after his compatriot Karim Benzema, Real Madrid striker, who scored 3 goals in 8 matches in 4 copies.

Gignac raised his goalscoring tally to 146 goals in Tigres in all competitions, sitting on the throne of the Mexican club’s historic scorer since joining in 2015, and boosted his number with the club’s continental goals by scoring 17 goals in each of the Copa Libertadores, the Concacaf Champions League and the Club World Cup.

He also carried his first goal in the 400th match in the history of the Club World Cup.

Nal Tigres booked his seat in the semi-finals to face the Brazilian champion Palmeiras, the first match of which both sides will be determined in the semi-finals on the seventh of next February.

On the same day, Ulsan Hyundai will meet the loser from the African champion Al-Ahly and Al-Duhail, the Qatari champions, in the fifth-place match.


The two teams played the match and each has a European player in the starting line-up. Gignac is Tigres’ historic goalscorer and is in his sixth season with the Mexican club.

Dutchman Dave Boltoys led the Ulsan defense, who is spending his third season with the South Korean team, next to captain Kim Ki-hee.

Description of the match

The first threat in the match came through the Korean team, a powerful shot from outside the penalty area by N-Seung Kim, who was sent away by Argentine goalkeeper Nahul Guzman for a corner in the 16th minute.

The Mexican team responded with a shot by Pierre Gignac from the edge of the penalty area, and the Korean goalkeeper brilliantly saved it in the 19th minute.

The second threat in the meeting for the Korean tigers, captain Kim Ki-hee headed the net in the 24th minute after he headed home a goal from a corner by Yoon Betgram.

Tigres players began to wake up and enter the atmosphere of the match half an hour after the start of the match.

In the 36th minute, Jennyak shot a powerful ball from 30 meters away, keeper Hyung Woo Joo pushed for a corner.

The pressure continued, so I hit the corner and a header from Guido Pizarro was stopped by the goalkeeper and gracefully removed a corner.

This time, Diego Reyes rose above everyone else to head the ball deep into the area for Geniac, who fired the ball into the net without supervision and easily in the 38th minute, announcing the equalizer.

And in the final seconds of the first half, video technology awarded a penalty kick for Tigres in the third minute of time, instead of wasting after a header from Geniak touched Kim Ki-hee’s hand.

The Frenchman set out to kick and scored to the right of the goalkeeper, announcing the progress of the Mexican Tigers with a second goal for him and his team at the end of the first half.

The second half began with an attempt by the Korean team to seize the ball to score, but without risking Guzman’s goal.

The 58th minute witnessed Ulsan’s most dangerous chances, a long pass in the depth of the penalty area received by Bitgram and turned to shoot a ball into the net, but the assistant referee raised the offside flag, refusing to count the goal, which was supported by video technology.

The 66th minute witnessed an air contact between Kim Ki-hee and Javier Aquino, resulting in the fall of the second and the exit of the Mexican player, affected by injury.

And 12 minutes before the end of the match, from a quick and occasional rebound passed from Geniac to reach substitute Fulgencio, who fired a ball wide.

In the fourth minute of time, instead of lost, Gignac hit a stray ball that passed over the bar, And with it, the match ended with the arrival of the Tigers of Mexico to the golden box at the expense of the Tigers of Asia.


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