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Luciano Vietto had a consecration night and Ramón Díaz's Al Hilal eliminated Flamengo from the Club World Cup


The Cordovan striker, who emerged from Racing, was the MVP of the historic classification to the final by generating two penalties and scoring a great goal in the 3-2 win over the Brazilians, who came to Morocco with the dream of unseating Real Madrid.

Ramón Ángel Díaz smiles

with that famous grimace in these lands.

He's happy.

His son embraces

him Emiliano

, a field assistant for a decade.

The two, led by

Al Hilal


Saudi Arabia

, have just given one of the most powerful blows in the history of the

Club World Cup

: they won


 against the colossus

Flamengo from Brazil 

and will define the tournament next Saturday, possibly against

Real Madrid

, which this Wednesday faces

Al Ahly




The celebration of Ramón Díaz and his son Emiliano after his team's third goal.

Photo: REUTERS/Andrew Boyers

Ramón also sends a message to the coaches of the Argentine teams that will compete in the Copa Libertadores:

you can beat the Brazilians


It's not easy, of course.

Much more: you have to play a perfect game.

But there remains for review this game by Al Hilal, who at times danced with the Rio de Janeiro team.

He won with authority


In the Tangier stadium, in Morocco,

Luciano Vietto

was the star player in the semifinal.

For something the former Racing uses the 10.

He was always a footballer with a lot of class, the one born in Balnearia, Córdoba, 29 years ago.

But for one reason or another he never managed to break out, beyond the fact that he played in huge teams like

Atlético Madrid










Sporting Lisbon


A fact puts the sentence in context: in none of the mentioned clubs he was able to add

50 games


He only caught up with them in Racing, where he scored

18 goals in 72 games


Vietto broke it playing as a midfielder behind the Nigerian Ighalo.

In the duel last Saturday, for the quarterfinals, the Cordovan had been a substitute against Casablanca of Morocco, although vital in the definition:

he entered and converted his penalty


But this afternoon in 2 minutes he warned that he was going to have a great performance: he got into the area at full speed and Mateuzinho brought him down.

The penalty was executed

by Salem Al Dawsari

-the Arab who scored the goal at the angle of Dibu Martínez at the premiere of Qatar 2022- and did not fail.

Al Hilal withdrew with the advantage.

The hierarchy of the Brazilians weighed.


, with a cross shot, managed to equalize after a qualification from the Uruguayan

Giorgian de Arrascaeta


It seemed that the carioca flood was coming.

But Vietto still had things to say

: he once again entered the area with a dominated ball and Gerson stepped on his heel.

The VAR called and the second warning for the midfielder was added to the penalty.

They were 45 minutes.

Al Dawsari was right again and thus ended the opening stage.

The miracle was possible


The second part was a carnival for the Arabs and a suffering for the Brazilians.

He had his well-deserved Vietto award at 25 minutes: he stopped it inside the area and Santos nailed it from the left corner.

A few moments later, Ramón took him out and the man from Cordoba left with a ball under his arm and handing out greetings.

What is said the postcard of a crack.

Although Al Hilal did something wrong:

not thrashing




found himself with the discount at the end and the last minutes were suffering.

But the classification of the Arabs was an act of justice


Al Hilal's blow is similar to that of

Al Ain

when they eliminated


in 2018. And the one who achieved it was

Ramón Díaz

, with a stellar Luciano Vietto.


Real Madrid

can appear .

Yes, Ramón's Club World Cup book has a blank page left.

And he will have revenge after that final lost in Japan with River against Juventus in 1996...

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