Al-Jazira suffered every FIFA player’s worst nightmare against Real Madrid tonight.
While 1-0 up against Madrid in the Club World Cup semi-final Al-Jazira defended a corner and streamed forward on a counter-attack.
Achraf Hakimi committed to a tackle but lost out, leaving Al-Jazira with two players heading through clean on goal.
Ali Mabkhout charged from his own half with six Madrid players chasing him.
The question was, could he hold his nerve?
By the time he got to the edge of Madrid’s box Hakimi, Marcelo and Isco were closing in, although Mabkhout had team-mate Mbark Boussoufa to his right.
Just as Hakimi was about to make the recovery tackle Mabkhout squared the ball to Boussoufa, who tapped the ball into an empty net.
It was a goal every FIFA player would have experienced scoring, and conceding.
Game over. Two-nil to Al-Jazira. One of the biggest upsets in Club World Cup history completed.
Except there was a problem.
Boussoufa was in front of the pass, so Al-Jazira’s goal was ruled out.
To make matters worse Cristiano Ronaldo equalised for Madrid six minutes later and Gareth Bale scored with his first touch to put Zinedine Zidane’s side through to the final.
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