2017 FIFA Club World Cup, Semifinals
  • Everton (95')
  • Víctor Guzman (110')

Gremio defeat Pachuca in extra-time to reach CWC final

Gremio are big underdogs but will have a plan for Real Madrid. GIUSEPPE CACACE/AFP/Getty Images

AL AIN, United Arab Emirates -- Brazil's Gremio defeated Mexico's Pachuca 1-0 in extra-time to advance to the Club World Cup final on Tuesday.

The Copa Libertadores champions will play Real Madrid or Emirates league winner Al Jazira, who meet in the other semifinal on Wednesday.

Substitute forward Everton scored five minutes into extra-time, clearing a defender inside the area and striking a right-footed shot into the top corner.

Pachuca then played with 10 men during the final minutes of extra-time after Victor Guzman received a second yellow card for a hard foul.

"Our players were too nervous in the beginning of the match," Gremio coach Renato Gaucho said. "We improved in the second half, and in extra time Everton got the goal that we needed. We overcame a great opponent to make it to the final."

Pachuca, the CONCACAF Champions League winners, made it to the semifinals by defeating African champions Wydad Casablanca of Morocco 1-0 in extra-time on Saturday, while Gremio entered the competition in the semifinals.

Gremio were in control for most of the match but struggled to create many significant chances in regulation time.

Forward Luan, one of Brazil's most promising stars, had one of the best opportunities when he struck the post with a long-range shot early in the second half.

Pachuca's best chance was a header by Guzman that just missed the far corner in the final minutes of normal time.

"We were too anxious, making too many passing mistakes," Everton said. "It took a while but eventually we were able to get into the game."

The final will be on Saturday in Abu Dhabi, when Real Madrid will try to win their third world title in four seasons.