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Sanfrecce Hiroshima wins 3rd-place game at Club World Cup

Substitute Douglas scores 2 as Sanfrecce beats Guangzhou 2-1 for 3rd place at Club World Cup

Sanfrecce Hiroshima wins 3rd-place game at Club World Cup

YOKOHAMA, Japan (AP) -- Douglas came off the bench to score twice and inspire Japan's Sanfrecce Hiroshima to a come-from-behind 2-1 win over Chinese rival Guangzhou Evergrande in the third-place game at the Club World Cup on Sunday.

The Brazilian striker scored 21 times this season for the Japanese champions but only came on midway through the second half for Hisato Sato, who squandered a hat trick of first-half chances.

Douglas took only three minutes to get on the score sheet, nodding home a simple 70th-minute equalizer.

When teammate Takuma Asano headed against the bar in the 83rd, Douglas was quickest to react, rising high to head home the looped rebound.

Guangzhou opened the scoring with the fastest goal of the tournament -- a third-minute header by former Tottenham midfielder Paulinho.

Guangzhou fans inside the Nissan Stadium lit up their mobile phones after 25 minutes to show solidarity with Zou Zheng. The Chinese club's defender wears the No. 25 shirt, and remains hospitalized after being stretchered off with a broken leg in the 3-0 semifinal defeat to Barcelona on Thursday.

Barcelona aims later Sunday to win the tournament for a record third time after titles in 2009 and 2011. The Spanish team plays Argentine club River Plate in the final.


Updated : 2021-05-18 21:24 GMT+08:00