• Sunday Dec 20, 2009

    Atlante succumbs on penalties at Club World Cup

    ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates - Rafael Marquez Lugo scored to start the second half and Gabriel Pereyra hit the post in the 90th minute, but Atlante could not muster a second goal and eventually succumbed to the Pohang Steelers on penalty kicks Saturday in the third-place at the Club World Cup.

    Marquez's penalty attempt was saved by Pohang goalkeeper Song Dong-jin and Horacio Peralta put his off the post to enable the Korean side to prevail 4-3 after a 1-1 draw. It was the second straight fourth-place finish at the world club championship for a CONCACAF side, following Pachuca's consolation game loss last year.

    Marquez's goal in the 46th equalized after Denilson put Pohang ahead four minutes before halftime. Atlante had nearly twice the possession as the Korean side and outshot Pohang, but Pereyra hit the post twice - once in each half, requiring the penalty tiebreaker.

    Denilson put Pohang ahead after Shin Hyung-min headed a corner that fell to the Brazilian, who beat Atlante keeper Federico Vilar from nine yards with his fourth goal of the tournament.

    Pereyra, unable to convert himself, freed Marquez Lugo in the opening minute of the second half and the Atlante forward finished inviting a dominant spell by the Mexican side including Pereyra had a 25-yard free kick that missed just wide in the 55th.

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