Our prediction for this FIFA Club World Cup match:
Kashima Antlers and River Plate face each other at Sheikh Zayed Sports City stadium in the third place play-off at the 2018 FIFA Club World Cup. Los Millonarios suffered a shocking loss to Al Ain on penalties in the semis of the tournament and, no doubt, they are eager to make amends for the defeat. A man to watch in Marcelo Gallardo’s team will be Rafael Borre, who scored a brace in the defeat to Al Ain. Jose Quintero is likely to pose a big threat for the opposition defenders as well. Despite producing a fine display in Wednesday’s football game against Real Madrid, Kashima Antlers eventually suffered a 3-1 loss to the Spanish giants in the semis of the FIFA Club World Cup. The J-League side aim to give fans some cheer, but the game against the Copa Libertadores winners will be anything but a walk in the park for them. River Plate created a number of clear-cut chances to score against Al Ain and, taking everything into account, there is a big value in betting on Marcelo Gallardo’s troops.
Highlighted Player (Gonzalo Martínez):
Born in Guaymallen, Mendoza, Argentina on June 13, 1993, Gonzalo Martinez is an Argentine footballer who plays for River Plate. The 170-cm tall midfielder began his youth career at Huracan in 2011 and he continued playing for Quemeros at senior level. The Argentine footballer joined River Plate in January 2015 and he has been playing for los Millonarios ever since.
Gonzalo Martinez made his debut for River on February 16, 2015 against Club Atletico. Speaking of his international career, the River Plate midfielder made his Argentina debut on September 8, 2018 in a 3-0 win over Guatemala. It has to be noted that he scored from the penalty on his international debut.
In 2018 he won Copa Libertadores with los Millionarios, who defeated their bitter local rivals Boca Juniors in the final of the competition. Gonzalo Martinez wears No. 10 jersey and his main position is left winger.
Highlighted Team (River Plate):
Over the years River Plate have established themselves as one of best sides in South America. The Argentinian outfit are well known for their white shirts with red stripe and black shorts, but they are known for their rivalry with Boca Juniors as well.
There have always been fireworks in matches between the two clubs from Buenos Aires, who face each other in “Superclasico”. Los Millionarios play their home games at Estadio Monumental Antonio Vespucio Liberti, which can hold as much as 61,688 fans. River Plate have 36 Argentine Primera Division trophies, with the team clinching Copa Libertadores on four occasions.
In the final of the 2018 tournament River Plate defeated their bitter local rivals Boca Juniors in the two-legged tie. Due to security reasons the return leg was hosted by Estadio Santiago Bernabeu in Madrid. Pablo Aimar, Hernan Crespo, Ariel Ortega, Radamel Falcao and Gonzalo Higuain are one of the most famous footballers that played for River Plate in the past.