There’s been a major upset in the 2010 FIFA Club World Cup in the United Arab Emirates.
African champion Tout Puissant Mazembe of DR Congo pulled of a surprise 2-0 win over Brazil’s Internacional in Abu Dhabi in the semifinals. Mulota Kabangu and Alain Kaluyituka got the goals for DR Congo club.
The African team had already dispatched CONCACAF champion CF Pachuca of Mexico in the quarterfinals.
Mazembe will meet the winners of Wednesday’s semi-final match between European Champions League winners Inter Milan of Italy or Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma of South Korea in Saturday’s final. The Asian Champions League winners Seongnam beat Al Wahda Sports Club 4-1 in quarterfinals on Saturday.
Mazembe is the first African side to reach the Club World Cup final, and also the first team from outside Europe and South America to go this far in the competition.
“We are here to represent Africa and all of Africa will be proud of our work,” said Mazembe’s Senegalese coach Lamine N’Diaye, according to the BBC.
The Congolese club hails from Lubumbashi, a town close to Zambian border and was founded by a Benedictine Monks in 1939 and was formally called FC Englebert.
After Mazembe’s stunning result, Inter Milan will be very wary of Seongnam. This is the Korean club’s first visit to the Cup and arguably the biggest game in the team’s history.
Internacional, which won the event in 2006, will play the winner of the Inter-Seongnam game in the third-place match.
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