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Tunisia’s Esperance hit by second defeat at Club World Cup

Africa champions Esperance finish last at the Club World Cup after their 3-2 defeat by Mexico’s Monterrey

AP, Wednesday 14 Dec 2011
Jesus Zavala of Mexico's Monterrey (C) scores his team's third goal against goalkeeper Moez Ben Cherifia of Tunisia's Esperance (Photo: Reuters)

Mexican club Monterrey secured fifth place at the Club World Cup on Wednesday by rallying for a 3-2 win over Esperance Sportive of Tunisia.

Esperance Sportive took the lead when Yannick Ndjeng scored with a solo effort in the 31st minute, before Monterrey recovered with three quick goals to take a commanding lead. Hiram Mier equalized in the 39th, Also De Nigris made it 2-1 in the 44th and Jesus Zavala added the third two minutes after the break.

Khaled Mouelhi converted a penalty to pull one back for the Tunisian side in the 75th.

Esperance Sportive lost 2-1 to Al-Sadd of Qatar in their quarterfinal on Sunday, while Monterrey fell to Japanese champion Kashiwa Reysol 4-3 in a penalty shootout.

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