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FIFA Club World Cup

  • December 12, 2012
  • • 07:30
  • • Toyota Stadium, Toyota
  • Referee: Nawaf Shukralla
  • • Attendance: 17581

Live Commentary

  • Hyunmin,'s Korean expert, says: Disappoiting result for Ulsan. Lee KH looks depressed with his final match in Ulsan ended in a defeat. Ulsan put in a below par performance during the tournament. Absence of starting central defender Kang MS(injury) was huge after all.
  • 90' + 6'
    Ulsan Hyundai 2-3 Sanfrecce Hiroshima: The Japanese champions were too good for the Asian champions today. Stay with us for the report and ratings.
  • 90' + 5'
    SubstitutionHironori Ishikawa Kazuhiko Chiba
  • 90' + 5'
    Goal Yong Lee
  • 90' + 5'
    GOAL! Yong Lee's free-kick from the left goes straight into the far post. That was the final kick of the game!
  • 90' + 4'
    Cesare Polenghi,'s Managing Editor for Asia, says: A happy endhing for Sanfrecce, despite the disapointment for the previous defeat, they ahve closed their best season ever with a victory over the Asian kings.
  • 90' + 1'
    Shin-Wook Kim has been an absolute disappointment for the Asian champions. He has been wasteful upfront.
  • 90'
    Yellow Card Rafinha
  • 90'
    Yellow Card Shusaku Nishikawa
  • 89'
    T. Shiotani drags down Keun-Ho Lee and Ulsan gets a free-kick. Rafinha's free-kick is wasteful and hits the wall.
  • 88'
    Yellow Card Tsukasa Shiotani
  • 87'
    Sato has been the leading scorer in this Club World Cup though one must remember that he missed a host of opportunities against Al-Ahly and as a result, they aren't in the semis
  • 85'
    Nishikawa is being treated on the field. The Corinthians fans are roaring and they next face Al-Ahly of Egypt
  • 82'
    Keun-Ho Lee does well to send in a ball. Shim-Wook tries to find Maranhão who happens to hit Nishikawa's fingers
  • 80'
    Ulsan Hyjundai seems to have lost the plot due to their shambolic defending.
  • 79'
    SubstitutionKazuyuki Morisaki Naoki Ishihara
  • 78'
    Cesare Polenghi,'s Managing Editor for Asia, says: Hadn't Yamagishi slammed the ball in, Sato could be on a hat-trick. Well, he has three goals in the tournament so far, can Torres do better?
  • 77'
    Hyunmin,'s Korean expert says: Sloppy defending cost the game for Ulsan. Sato scored 2 goals with intelligent movement and finish but Ulsan defenders did not focus enough. Disappointing.
  • 76'
    SubstitutionSeung-Yong Kim Maranhao
  • 76'
    Seung-Yong Kim is taken off for Brazilian Maranhão
  • 75'
    SubstitutionSatoru Yamagishi Kohei Shimizu
  • 75'
    Yamagishi makes his way out and in comes Shimizu
  • 74'
    Sanfrecce had come back to life in the second half after a poor start to the game.
  • 72'
    Assist Yojiro Takahagi
  • 72'
    Goal Hisato Sato
  • 72'
    GOAL! Takahagi sent in a through ball from the inside the box for Sato who merely had to tap it in. 3-1 to Sanfrecce! Brilliant play by Takahagi
  • 71'
    Oh My God! Keun-Ho Lee cuts inside and sends in a cross. Shin-Wook Kim went to attempt a bicycle kick and the ball goes wide!
  • 70'
    Seok-Ho Hwang makes a run and sends in a shot which went into the orbit!
  • 69'
    Sanfrecce are looking to protect their lead. Can Ulsan Hyundai score the equaliser?
  • 67'
    Hyunmin,'s Korean expert, says: Kim Hogon made substitute Kim Chigon out, Lee Jaesung in, cause Kim was responsible for conceding the first goal. But on 56. Lee Jaesung made mistake as he lost his man and Sato scored goal
  • 66'
    Yellow Card Seok-Ho Hwang
  • 66'
    Seung-Yong Kim's free-kick was headed by a Korean player which was finally cleared by the Sanfrecce defence.
  • 66'
    Seok-Ho Hwang brings down Keun-Ho Lee. Free-kick to Ulsan.
  • 65'
    The ball possession has been in favour of Sanfrecce Hiroshima as they have 54%
  • 63'
    Cesare Polenghi,'s Managing Editor for Asia, says: Given the chance, Sato punished Ulsan defense. A goal that reminded those scored by sato's idol, Pippo Inzaghi. The game is now fun to watch, despite being only worth a 5th place.
  • 62'
    H. Ishikawa found Koji Morisaki who tried to square it but the danger is cleared by the Ulsan defence
  • 60'
    Sanfrecce have come to life lately but Ulsan Hyundai would feel undone for the all the hard work they put in. They were dominating the initial stages of the second half.
  • 58'
    Rafinha has an attempt which goes wide.
  • 57'
    And the Sanfrecce players celebrate in Sumo Style! Wow! That was cool
  • 56'
    Assist Satoru Yamagishi
  • 56'
    Goal Hisato Sato
  • 56'
    GOAL! Yamagishi sends in a cross from the left saw Sato get a touch as the ball went in between Lee JS's legs to find the back of the net! 2-1 to the Japanese champions!
  • 55'
    CHANCE! Seung-Yong Kim's free-kick is curling inside with Keun-Ho Lee doing well to get ahead of his marker and head it. Nishikawa makes a good save to keep the scoreline the same.
  • 54'
    Mizumoto commits a foul once again on Rafinha. The Japanese defender is disappointed with himself.
  • 53'
    SHOT! Koji Morisaki shot from the left wing which is parried away by the Korean goalkeeper Young-Kwang Kim
  • 52'
    SubstitutionChi-Gon Kim Ju-Sang Lee
  • 52'
    Chi-Gon Kim makes his way in while Jae-Sung Lee is brought in. Just for your information, Jae-Sung Lee shall also join the army after this game.
  • 50'
    WIDE! Shin-Wook Kim is wasteful yet again. A cross from the right by Yong Lee saw the number nine head it wide.
  • 48'
    Nishikawa comes off his line too head the ball for his defence after a long ball from Ulsan half was sent in for Shin-Wook Kim.
  • 47'
    Keun-Ho Lee sends in a through ball from the left for Shin-Wook Kim but Nishikawa does well to come off his line and collect the ball.
  • 46'
    Chance! Shin-Wook Kim's header goes straight into the hands of Nishikawa after a brilliant cross from the right.
  • 46'
    And we are underway here
  • Cesare Polenghi,'s Managing Editor of Asia, says: A typical end-of-the-season game until Sanfrecce tie, we are now seeing some good football. Both defenses however are not marking properly, which is also the reason why these games are playing for 5th place and not in the semifinals.
  • Hyunmin,'s Korean expert, says: On 35th minute, Ulsan conceded goal in set-piece situation. After conceding goal, Ulsan went forward with Lee Keunho's dribble. He made very good scoring chances twice, but Kim Shinwook's shot hit the bar, and Ko Seulki's shoot went wide
  • 45' + 1'
    Half-Time: Ulsan Hyjndai 1-1 Sanfrecce Hiroshima. Join us in another 15 minutes for the second half action. Send in your thoughts @rahulatma on Twitter
  • 45'
    Ulsan Hyundai are asking questions of the Sanfrecce defence. Keun-Ho Lee has been very impressive.
  • 44'
    Just for your information: This is Keun-Ho Lee's last game before he joins the army.
  • 43'
    WASTE! Keun-Ho Lee once again is the centre of all the attacking moves done by Ulsan. He sends in a cross for Seul-Ki Go on the left who attempts a shot but it is way wide of the target.
  • 41'
    OFF THE CROSSBAR! Keun-Ho Lee's does to run down the right and cut inside the find Shin-Wook Kim who does well under pressure and shoots which comes off the crossbar.
  • 40'
    Takahagi sends in a cross from the right but there is no Sanfrecce player to get to the end of it.
  • 38'
    Seung-Yong Kim's free-kick saw Keun-Ho Lee's back header being saved by the alert Nishikawa.
  • 37'
    Shin-Wook Kim's header at the other end is easily collected by Nishikawa.
  • 35'
    Goal Satoru Yamagishi
  • 35'
    GOAL! Koji Morisaki's takes the impending free-kick which saw Sato get behind the defence and saw his header being saved by Young-Kwang Kim. Off the rebound, S. Yamagishi taps it in. 1-1 now!
  • 34'
    Yellow Card Ho Lee
  • 34'
    Ho Lee gets into the referee's book as he is adjudged to have brought down Koji, who I must say takes every opportunity to go down easily.
  • 33'
    Cesare Polenghi,'s Managing Editor for Asia, says: Really nothing much from Sanfrecce in these early 30m. Sato too isolated and the team seems ready for they deserved winter break. Getting cold at stadium, in the meantime!
  • 33''s Korean expert Hyunmin says: Ulsan's Iron Mace football is working well today. Hiroshima cannot defend Ulsan's play. Ulsan is leading with Mizumoto's own goal. Ko Seulki (normally sub-player) is really good motivated, Kim Seungyong's kick is accurate.
  • 32'
    It's been a stop-start contest at the moment. Sanfrecce do go forward this time around but the move is easily foiled. The ball is played by Ulsan and Koji has gone down just outside the box. I think that was a dive to get a free-kick.
  • 31'
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  • 30'
    T. Aoyama's shot from 25-yards goes way wide. He couldn't replicate his goal against Auckland City.
  • 28'
    Seung-Yong Kim's flag-kick towards the far post saw Keun-Ho Lee's header go over the bar.
  • 27'
    It's been a rather dull game today. Sanfrecce haven't created any decent openings, unlike what we have seen of them in the competition.
  • 24'
    Over the bar! Seul-Ki Go's effort from 30-yards goes over the bar. Keun-Ho Lee's ball is brought down by Seung-Yong Kim for Seul-Ki to have a go.
  • 23'
    Seung-Yong Kim is back on his feet after going down om his own as he slipped. Ulsan do look a lot more comfortable today
  • 22'
    Koji's volley goes wide. Sanfrecce haven't settled well into the game.
  • 21'
    Moonie, a fan on Twitter, says: I can see how good Monterrey is. They never allowed Ulsan to play their football, but today Ulsan is playing with comfort.
  • 20'
    Cesare Polenghi,'s Asia Managing Editor, says: Mizumoto missed quite a few chances in the previous games, but was impeccable in beating... his own goalkeeper here. Really unfortunate for the home side, let's hope this goal sparks up a game that was otherwise rather dull.
  • 18'
    This is was the first own goal in this edition of the Club World Cup.
  • 17'
    Own Goal Hiroki Mizumoto
  • 17'
    OWN GOAL! Mizumoto scores an own goal. Yong Lee floated in a cross from the half-line which was headed by Shin-Wook Kim for Rafinha. Mizumoto's sends the ball for Nishikawa who is off his line and in the confusion, the ball rolls in to the back of the net.
  • 16''s Hyunmin, a Korean expert, says: Ulsan played better than before match. Ko Seulki started open fire on 2 min. And Kim Shinwook used his height and made chance to Rafinha, but Rafinha's shoot just missed goal.
  • 14'
    Takahagi gets the reverse ball from his skipper Sato and his left footed shot goes wide.
  • 13'
    And as always Seung-Yong Kim's free-kick goes straight into the hands of Sanfrecce goalkeeper Nishikawa
  • 12'
    Sanfrecce aren't seeing a lot of the ball as the Asian champions are keeping the ball well.
  • 10'
    That's a foul! Mizumoto brings down Keun-Ho Lee from behind. That was cynical.
  • 8'
    Takahagi comes to life! His grounder saw goalkeeper Young-Kwang Kim dive to his right to make the save.
  • 7'
    CHANCE! Yong Lee's cross saw Shin-Wook Kim flick it on the path of Rafinha. The Brazilian's shot went wide of the left post. Decent chance
  • 5''s Managing Editor of Asia, Cesare Polenghi says: Not exactly a great atmosphere at the Toyota Stadium. About 200 Sanfrecce brave supporters, and as far as we can see, none for Ulsan. Stands are mostly empty.
  • 4''s Korean expert, Hyunmin says: There are no Ulsan supporters today. Ulsan stand mostly empty
  • 2'
    Hiroshima has held the possession pretty easily so far but Seulki replies with a surprise shot from about 30 yards out which went a shade wide from the right post
  • 1'
    Sanfrecce Hiroshima kick us off from right to left, all in white today
  • The two sides are out on the pitch with the FIFA anthem playing in the background
  • This is Rahul Bali who shall be bringing you the Live action here on You can share your thoughts on the game with me @rahulatma on Twitter
  • While neither team is at 100 per cent following their respective matches, the Japan-Korea rivalry will be more than enough to inspire the players.
  • The Korean side are smarting after a 3-1 loss to Monterrey in which they were dominated for most of the match. On the other side, Sanfrecce hope to end their season on a high note after poor finishing doomed the J-League champions to a 2-1 defeat by Egypt's Al-Ahly.
  • And here is Sanfrecce Hiroshima: 1 Nishikawa, 33 Shiotani, 4 Mizumoto, 2 Hwang, 6 Aoyama, 11 Sato, 15 Takahagi, 16 Yamagishi, 20 Ishikawa, 8 Ka. Morisaki and 7 Ko. Morisaki
  • Here is the Lineup of Ulsan Hyundai: 1 Kim YK, 2 Lee Yong, 5 Kwak TH, 14 Kim YS, 28 Kim CG, 8 Lee Ho, 13 Kim SY, 17 Ko SK, 9 Kim SW, 11 Lee KH and 19 Rafinha
  • J-League champions Sanfrecce are relishing the match and see it as a crucial test ahead of next year's Asian Champions League campaign, while Ulsan are eager to seize fifth place
  • Welcome to's live play-by-play coverage of the fifth place play-off between Ulsan Hyundai and Sanfrecce Hiroshima at the Toyota Stadium