Argentinian giants River Plate advanced to the 2015 FIFA Club World Cup final with a 1-0 victory over Sanfrecce Hiroshima in Osaka on Wednesday.
Lucas Alario netted the only goal of the game when the 23-year-old broke the deadlock after 72 minutes following some unconvincing goalkeeping from Takuto Hayashi to set up a meeting with Barcelona or Guangzhou Evergrande in Sunday’s encounter.
Despite lost against River Plate, the J.League title holders will take on the loser of that game in the third-place playoff the same day.
“We have to accept the result, but it’s hard to accept as we had decisive moments and a chance to win,” said Sanfrecce coach Hajime Moriyasu.
“They are the strongest team we’ve ever played against both in terms of history and talent. Their speed, power and technique were outstanding, but we were almost able to match them.
“Until they scored, everything went exactly to the game plan. If we were only able to score, it may have been so different.”