19 December 2016

Club World Cup through numbers

The thirteenth edition of Club World Cup may be over yesterday, but FIFA must take the blame for the dreadful choice of referee that has been awarded for the final who maybe decided the winner. After 23 yellow cards we should have seen at least another one i.e. first direct red card at the competition. However, the inexperienced 'man in black' Janny Sikazwe from Zambia showed mercy in the eighty-ninth minute for Sergio Ramos who clearly escape the punishment after shirt pulling rivals player. Although Kashima Antlers players wanted it, the video assistant help for this case was NOT shown. This clearly shows how the world football organization put some insignificant people to officiate main games. This 'overshadowed win' was Real Madrid's second title after 2014. Thus, Spain completed a hat trick because Barcelona won last year in Japan.
As for the finished tournament 7 clubs have scored 26 goals plus 2 which were given in additional time or 3.25 per game. From those 11 were scored in the first half and 15 in the second. We also saw 2 own goals and 3 penalties. For the first time in football history video assistant referee system was used for a penalty decision. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) in the final game scored 3 goals and collects the Adidas golden ball. Gaku Shibasaki (Kashima Antlers) and Silvio Romero (Club Futbol America) both give 2. The heroic team from Japan, Kashima Antlers played 4 matches and have scored at every game giving more goals than others: 9 versus 5 received. Deservedly so the J-league winners have won the fair play award. At the end here is the classification of all teams at the 2016 FIFA club World cup Alibaba YunOS Auto event:
Real MadridSpain
Kashima AntlersJapan
Atletico NacionalColombia
Club Futbol AmericaMexico
Jeonbuk Hyundai     MotorsSouth Korea
Mamelodi SundownsSouth Africa
Auckland CityNew Zealand


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