Our prediction for this FIFA Club World Cup match:
A spot in the FIFA Club World Cup final will be at stake when Flamengo and Al Hilal face each other at Khalifa International Stadium on Tuesday evening. Flamengo won the Copa Libertadores trophy thanks to an amazing comeback in the title game against River Plate, but they do not want to stop now. The Brazilians are eager to win yet another silverware, and we are positive they will fight tooth and nail against Al Hilal.
A man to watch in Jorge Jesus’ team will be former Chelsea and Atletico Madrid full back Filipe Luis. Razvan Lucescu’s men, on the other hand, set up a meeting with Flamengo by beating ES Tunis in the quarter-finals. Bafetimbi Gomis, who scored the winner in the triumph over the CAF Champions League winners, is likely to be recalled to the starting line-up. However, Al Hilal will be without suspended midfielder Mohammed Kanoo against the Rubro-Negro, which is yet another reason why home win should be considered.
Highlighted Player (Filipe Luis):
Filipe Luis is not just a household name in Brazil; he needs no introduction in Spain and England where he played for various clubs. The left back is known for his tireless approach to the game and an unflinching attitude to protect his goal. Luis started his career with Brazilian club Figueirense and moved across clubs.
It was only when he moved to Deportivo La Coruna in 2008 that he came into limelight. After a successful stint with Deportivo, he was snapped up by Atletico Madrid where he won several trophies including La Liga. He was a key member of Diego Simeone’s team that reached the finals of 2014 Champions League.
Filipe Luis then joined Chelsea in 2014 but returned to Atletico only a year later. He made his national debut in 2009 and has so far earned 22 caps. Having already won the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup, the 30-year-old defender is an important player for Brazil.