18th December 2018 Esperance 1 Guadalajara 1 (Esperance won on penalties) FIFA Club World Cup

Tunisians Esperance recovered some credence after their comprehensive defeat in their first match to claim 5th place at the Club World Cup.

The game was characterised by VAR-related penalty decisions. For both teams.

Firstly in the opening minute when an Esperance defender brought down Mexican Zaldivar and after a prolonged wait the New Zealand referee finally awarded a spot-kick from what seemed an obvious foul.

Sandoval gave Guadalajara a one-goal lead.

And we then endured a fairly sterile period as the Tunsiains gradually exerted pressure on the opposition goal.

Culminating in a penalty appeal that again resulted in a very long delay. Before referee Conger awarded a much more doubtful spot-kick for handball.

Algerian Belaili delivered to make it 1-1.

As the match wore on Esperance tended to lose some discipline and received a series of yellow cards followed by a red for Anice Badri. Which was added to after a reckless tackle by

Rebai left the African champions with just nine men at the end of 90 minutes.

Fortunately for them, they didn't have to endure extra time as we went straight to penalties.

In which both sides missed two spot-kicks before Isaac Brizuela, after a curious intervention by the referee, shot over the bar.

So Esperance edged the shootout 6-5 to secure 5th place out of the seven participants.

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