Club World Cup: Real Madrid find out possible semi-final rivals
The draw for the 2017 Club World Cup was made on Monday, with the Champions League winners awaiting one of six potential opponents.
Real Madrid will begin the defence of their Club World Cup title against the winners of the quarter-final between Al Jazira/Auckland City and the champions of Asia.
The draw for the 2017 edition of the tournament, this year held in the United Arab Emirates, was held on Monday lunchtime in the hosts' capital of Abu Dhabi.
Six possible Club World Cup semi-final opponents for Real Madrid
Together with the representatives of South America, UEFA Champions League holders Real enter the Club World Cup at the semi-final stage.
Their last-four clash is on Wednesday 13 December at 18:00 CEST at Zayed Sports City Stadium in Abu Dhabi, with the 2016 winners awaiting six possible opponents.
Hosts Al Jazira, who qualify as UAE Arabian Gulf League title holders, face Oceania champions Auckland City of New Zealand in a play-off for a place in the quarters, where they will meet one of four Asian clubs in the running to lift the AFC Champions League.
Al-Hilal (Saudia Arabia), Persepolis (Iran), Urawa Reds (Japan) and Shanghai East Asia (China) are the four semi-finalists in Asia's elite club competition, whose two-legged final is completed on 25 November.
2017 FIFA Club World Cup draw
|1||Wednesday 6 December||19:00||Al Jazira-Auckland City||Al Ain|
|2||Saturday 9 December||14:00||Pachuca - CAF champions||Abu Dhabi|
|3||Saturday 9 December||20:30||Winner game 1 - AFC champions||Abu Dhabi|
|4||Tuesday 12 December||15:00||Al Ain|
|5||Tuesday 12 December||18:00||CONMEBOL - Winner game 2||Al Ain|
|6||Wednesday 13 December||18:00||Winner game 3 - Real Madrid||Abu Dhabi|
|7||Saturday 16 December||15:00||Abu Dhabi|
|8||Saturday 16 December||18:00||Abu Dhabi|
Pachuca take on African champions in first Club World Cup quarter
Meanwhile, CONCAFAF champions Pachuca have been paired with the victors of the CAF Champions League in the Club World Cup's other quarter-final, with a semi-final against the winners of South America's Copa Libertadores at stake.
2017 FIFA Club World Cup participants
|African champions||CAF||3-5 Nov.|
|Asian champions||AFC||25 Nov.|
|European champions||Real Madrid||Spain||UEFA|
|Oceania champions||Auckland City||New Zealand||OFC|
|South American champions||CONMEBOL||29 Nov.|
Club World Cup final to be played on 16 December
The final of the Club World Cup is scheduled for 16 December at 18:00 CEST, also at Zayed Sports City.
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