Loading...
Loading Live Scoring...
*All times CAT (GMT+2)

Football | Europe

Sanfrecce Hiroshima © Action Images

Hiroshima win, now face Al Ahly



Japan's Sanfrecce Hiroshima beat New Zealand part-timers Auckland City 1-0 in the opening game of the Club World Cup on Thursday (December 6) thanks to a 25-metre rocket from Toshihiro Aoyama.

The match was the first in which FIFA officially used goal-line technology although there was little opportunity to test its effectiveness in a game of few chances.

Aoyama's dipping drive in the 66th minute lit up a pedestrian encounter and sent the J-League champions into Sunday's quarter-finals where they face Egypt's Al-Ahly.

Yojiro Takahagi and Ryota Moriwaki hit the woodwork from long distance after the break as Hiroshima dominated without providing any real threat inside the box.

Sanfrecce Hiroshima go on to play Al-Ahly SC of Egypt in quarter-finals of the tournament. FIFA's Club World Cup tournament involves seven teams, joining later are Chelsea from the United Kingdom, CF Monterrey of Mexico, Corinthians of Brazil and Ulsan Hyundai of Korea.

The match was the first to use goal-line technology which was adopted by FIFA for selected tournaments this week. The German GoalRef system is in play at Yokohama, while the rival British system Hawk-Eye is installed at the other venue, Toyota.

The GoalRef system relies on electro-magnetic detection to determine if the ball, which contains special reflectors, has crossed the line. The goal could be seen to be modified with additional brackets to hold a detection frame around the goal mouth. Referee Djamel Haimoudi of Algeria wore a special wristwatch which would alert him when a goal had been scored.

Shop

Gerrard: My Autobiography
Steven Gerrard is a hero to millions, not only as the inspirational captain of Liverpool FC, but as a key member of the England team.
R161.00
Rafa: My Story
Revelatory memoir from the greatest sportsman in the world today.
R182.00
Mitre Monde Soccer Ball - White
Voted as one of the UK's favourite match balls
R219.00


Comments

More expert analysis and opinion from Sport24
The opinions expressed by Sport24 experts and bloggers are theirs alone, and do not necessarily represent those of SuperSport

Event Streaming

Channel Streaming

Other Live Streaming

Event Streaming

Channel Streaming

Sports Talk



John Dykes
No gifts for Chelsea this year
For once Jose Mourinho wasn’t kidding when he said the odds are stacked against Chelsea.

Carol Radull
How do you pay tribute to Thierry Henry?
If you’re a fan of the classic musical “The Sound of Music” then you will be familiar with the...

Dr Errol Sweeney
Some refs invite criticism
Why is it that some referees appear to invite criticism? Why is it that some referees put a...

Neil Tovey
Backing Tinkler for the big time
With Vladimir Vermezovic having jumped ship, Orlando Pirates find themselves in a state of flux.

Chima Emmanuel Aguma
Wenger in or out? I say out!
After Arsenal’s loss to Stoke City this past weekend, the call for Arsene Wenger to step down as...

Sunday Oliseh
Football's new undisputed best club?
When Barcelona appointed Pep Guardiola as head coach in 2008, their primary objective was to stop...