• Sunday Dec 21, 2008

    Pachuca loses 1:0 to Gamba Osaka, finishes fourth at Club World Cup

    TOKYO - Pachuca surrendered a first-half goal for the third straight time and lost 1:0 to Gamba Osaka on Sunday, settling for fourth place at the Club World Cup.

    Masato Yamazaki scored in the 29th minute to give the Asian club champion the only goal it needed, despite finishing with 10 men after Takahiro Futagawa was sent off in the third minute of second-half injury time for a foul on Paul Aguilar.

    "We're not happy about finishing fourth but that's what we deserved in the end," Pachuca manager Enrique Meza said. "We didn't get the kind of results we were looking for but I think we played pretty well overall."

    Manchester United defeated Ecuador's Liga de Quito 1:0 in the championship game to give Europe its second straight world club title.

    Pachuca's fourth-place finish improves from its early elimination in 2007. It defeated Al Ahly of Egypt in the quarterfinals a week ago, overcoming a two-goal deficit with a pair of second-half goals and two more in extra time for a 4:2 victory.

    It again allowed two first-half goals against Liga de Quito in the semifinals but was unable to must another rally. On Sunday, it again fell behind early, and despite creating enough chances, failed to finish them.

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