J.League champions Sanfrecce Hiroshima came from behind on Wednesday to beat Asian Champions League winners Ulsan 3-2 for fifth place at the Club World Cup.
Sato gave Hiroshima a 2-1 lead in the 56th minute when he deflected a cross from Satoru Yamagishi, and widened the advantage 18 minutes from time with a left-footed shot from close range.
Ulsan defender Lee Yong scored a consolation goal off a free kick deep in stoppage time.
South Korean side Ulsan took a 1-0 lead in the 17th on an own goal by Hiroshima defender Hiroki Mizumoto, who redirected a headed ball past goalkeeper Shusaku Nishikawa.
South American champions Corinthians of Brazil were set to play Egypt’s Al Ahli in the first semi-final later on Wednesday.
European Champions League holders Chelsea play Mexico’s Monterrey in the other semifinal on Thursday for a place in Sunday’s final.
Chelsea’s Brazilian star Oscar says the bitter memory of a shock semi-final defeat at the Club World Cup two years ago makes him even more determined the lift the trophy this year.
Oscar said the experience meant he would be completely focused on beating Mexican side Monterrey in Yokohama on Thursday, and would not be distracted by the prospect of a glamour final against Brazilian giants Corinthians.
The Club World Cup brings together the champions from the six confederations of the ruling body FIFA, and a team from the host nation.
This year’s edition also sees the introduction of goal-line technology at a big tournament.Agencies