Forgot Password

 

Register

 

Create your Connect ID

This will allow you to login to all DStv websites & applications




or
Login using
x

Email Reset

 




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

Football | International

Tite © Action Images

Corinthians feel the heat in Tokyo



Corinthians coach Tite admitted his side struggled under the weight of expectation after labouring to a 1-0 semifinal victory over Al Ahly in a "life or death" Club World Cup semifinal.

A solitary goal from centre-forward Paolo Guerrero was enough for the Copa Libertadores winners to overcome the Egyptian outfit and reach Sunday's final, likely to be a heavyweight clash against European champions Chelsea.

"The players felt a significant weight of responsibility," said Tite, seeking to end European dominance of the Japan showpiece.

"The history of Club World Cup games show there is a lot of psychological pressure (on the favourites)," he added.

Sao Paolo side Corinthians dominated possession in the first half on Wednesday but created few goal-scoring opportunities, Guerrero heading in the only clear-cut chance on the half-hour mark.

It was a different story after the break as the dominant African champions surged forward in a desperate search for an equaliser but Corinthians held on for a narrow win.

"We knew we had to get a second goal but there was an emotional factor which existed," Tite explained of his team's poor second-half showing in front of more than 20 000 Corinthians fans.

"It was a life or death match – a single game that defined your future in the tournament. We weren't able to get the second goal so that encouraged Al Ahly," he said.

Chelsea are favourites to win the competition but the English Premier League club must first defeat Mexican side Monterrey in Thursday's semifinal.

Striker Emerson said Corinthians would be doing everything in their power to take the intercontinental championship back to Brazil.

"The dream of everyone is to return home with the title," he said.

"We are happy to reach the final but that is not just our goal. We did not come to be second."

The city of Yokohama is staging Sunday's final.

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.
R152.00
Rafa: My Story
Revelatory memoir from the greatest sportsman in the world today.
R182.00
FIFA 14
Xbox 360
R549.00
Mitre Ultimatch Soccer Ball - White
A high quality football, offering high performance at both training and during football matches.
R252.00


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

Live Video Streaming

Wed, 23 Apr @ 14:45
Wed, 23 Apr @ 05:00
Wed, 23 Apr @ 18:30

Sports Talk



Abiye Opuamah
Sacking Moyes the right decision?
As the news of David Moyes’s sacking reverberates around the football community, there will be more...

Carol Radull
Was Moyes's appointment deliberate?
I know every football blogger in the world has to blog about David Moyes this week and since I’m...

Calvin Emeka Onwuka
Finally Moyes is out of his misery
Finally emotions have been replaced by common sense and David Moyes has been put out of his misery...

Dr Errol Sweeney
Coach's behaviour appalling, could lead to deaths of referees
The recent after match comments by the coach of EPL club Chelsea is nothing short of appalling and...

Sunday Oliseh
Do Brazil deserve the favourites tag?
In the build up to the World Cup, I’ll be previewing the teams involved, starting with hosts...

Segun Odegbami
Nigeria to win the 2014 World Cup!
If you were a betting man, who would you put your money on to win the 2014 World Cup? Or better...