by FRANCO PANIZO
While most of this past week's attention was focused on the final group stage matches of the UEFA Champions League, a lower profile tournament kicked off in the United Arab Emirates.
The FIFA Club World Cup began this past Wednesday, and with three matches already played, the seven-team tournament's semifinals are set.
Mexican club Atlante defeated New Zealand's Auckland City on Saturday, and will face the tournament's main attraction, FC Barcelona, on Dec. 16. Barcelona are favored to win the entire tournament, but have yet to arrive in the United Arab Emirates, having played in a league game against Espanyol on Saturday.
Barcelona's players have stated their desire to win the Club World Cup, but will need a quick turn around in order to dispose of an Atlante team high in confidence.
In the other semifinal match, to be played on Dec. 15, South Korea's Pohang Steelers will take on Estudiantes, the Argentine club that won this year's Copa Libertadores. Estudiantes are considered to be the favorites in this match.
There is also a fifth place match between Auckland City and Congo's TP Mazembe scheduled for Dec. 16.
What do you think about the Club World Cup's semifinals? Does Atlante have any chance of knocking off Barcelona? Will you be watching?
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