Our prediction for this FIFA Club World Cup match:
Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium will host the FIFA Club World Cup semi-final between Gremio and Pachuca. The Mexican side did well to beat Wydad Casablanca in the quarter-finals, but it has to be noted that they scored the winner in the extra time. Pachuca will have a much bigger fish to fry in Wednesday’s football game against Gremio and they will have to be at their sharpest this time out if they are to make it to the final of the prestigious tournament. Victor Guzman helped los Tuzos set up a meeting with the Brazilian side, thus the opposition defenders should have him at bay. Gremio won the Copa Libertadores title earlier in 2017, with the team beating Lanus in the title game, but they are certainly hungry for more success. Anyhow, a close encounter is on the horizon and we predict the winner will be decided in the extra time.
Highlighted Player (Beto da Silva):
Born in Lima, Peru on December 28, 1996, Beto Da Silva is a Peruvian footballer who began his senior career at Sporting Cristal. The pacey attacker scored six goals in 16 appearances in the league for los Celestes and in 2016 he joined Dutch side PSV Eindhoven.
Da Silva signed a two-and-half year deal with PSV and he was immediately sent to Jong PSV. The Brazilian striker scored four goals in 27 appearances in Earste Divisie and on January 6, 2017 he was promoted to the senior team. Da Silva was an unused substitute in a 2-0 victory over Excelsior, but he did not see any game action for the the Boeren in the Eredivisie.
In the winter of 2017 he returned to his boyhood club Gremio, signing a four-year deal with the Brazilian club. Speaking of his international career, Beto da Silva made his Peru debut on May 23, 2016 in a friendly game against Trinidad & Tobago.
Highlighted Team (Pachuca):
115 years ago Compania Real del Monte y Pachuca workers founded the Pachuca Athletic Club and back then they were an amateur club. Nowadays los Tuzos compete in Liga MX and they won their first Invierno (Winter) tournament in 1999. Pachuca repeated the success and it has to be noted they have the Apertura and Clausura (3) trophies in their collection as well.
Speaking of the CONCACAF Champions Cup, the Mexican club won their fifth trophy in the prestigious competition in 2017, with the team beating fellow Liga MX team in the title game. Pachuca play their home matches at Estadio Hidalgo and the stadium can hold up to 27.512 people. Los Tuzos wear white jerseys with blue strips in home fixtures, whilst their away colours are black and white.
Japan international Keisuku Honda is regarded one of the biggest stars who played for the club and the former Milan ace scored on his Pachuca debut in a 4-1 triumph over Veracruz. Premier League ace Enner Valencia played for Pachuca in the past as well, with the Ecuador international scoring 12 goals in 17 appearances in the league for the club.