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Club World Cup: Monterrey edge Al-Sadd to set up semifinal vs. Liverpool

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Monterrey celebrated a narrow victory over Al-Sadd on Saturday.

A sensational goal from Argentine Leonel Vangioni helped reigning CONCACAF champion Monterrey to a 3-2 victory over Qatari side Al-Sadd on Saturday to set up a Club World Cup semifinal against Liverpool on Wednesday.

Vangioni struck a left-footed shot from 30 yards in off the post on 23 minutes to open the scoring, with Rogelio Funes Mori extending the lead in first-half injury time and young Mexico international Carlos Rodriguez adding the third 13 minutes from the end.

Al-Sadd, coached by...

Xavi's Al Sadd beat part-timers Hienghene in Club World Cup opener

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Pedro Miguel celebrates after scoring a third for Al Sadd.

Qatari champions Al Sadd converted a free kick naively given away with a back pass to the goalkeeper to set up a 3-1 extra-time win over New Caledonian part-timers Hienghene Sport in the opening Club World Cup match on Wednesday.

The Oceania champions were under no pressure when Cedric Sansot rolled the ball to his goalkeeper Rocky Nyikeine who picked it up and conceded an indirect free kick in the 10th minute of extra time.

Abdelkarim Hassan blasted his shot past the wall and Pedro Miguel added...

Asian player of the year Abdelkarim Hassan banned 5 months for ref spat

Abdelkarim Hassan led Al Sadd to a Qatari title last season.

Asia's reigning player of the year has been banned for five months for confronting a referee in the Asian Champions League semifinals.

The Asian Football Confederation banned Abdelkarim Hassan, the left-back of Qatari champion Al Sadd, from all their club competitions until March 20 -- a punishment of just three matches overall.

FIFA said Hassan will be able to play at the Club World Cup in Qatar in December, which will include Al Sadd. He can also play in domestic games.

Hassan reacted aggressively,...

Xavi Hernandez: I'm not ready to coach Barcelona yet despite Pep Guardiola comparisons

With Lionel Messi often lauded as being the best to play the game, Shaka Hislop and the FC crew resume the debate on his greatest-of-all-time credentials.

Barcelona legend Xavi Hernandez has told TV3 he is not ready to become the club's coach despite comparisons to Pep Guardiola.

Xavi, 38, joined Al-Sadd in 2015 after ending a Barcelona career in which he won 25 major trophies, including eight La Liga titles and three Champions Leagues.

He is still with the Qatari side, but many in Spain have tipped him to follow in Guardiola's footsteps and return to the Camp Nou as manager.

"I have a part [of the coaching licenses to be a manager]," he said. "I...

Gabi Fernandez: Xavi Hernandez convinced me to join Al-Sadd

Gabi Fernandez has said new Al-Sadd teammate Xavi Hernandez convinced him to leave Atletico Madrid and play in Qatar.

Madrid-born Gabi played 413 games for Atletico in two different spells, winning six trophies including the La Liga title and two Europa Leagues.

He has agreed a two-year contract with Al-Sadd with an option for a further 12 months, with the deal reportedly worth a total of €19 million.

Speaking to the Al-Sadd website, the 34-year-old said he was looking forward to winning more...