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UAE: No regrets for River despite shock loss to Al Ain in Club World Cup02:00

UAE: No regrets for River despite shock loss to Al Ain in Club World Cup

United Arab Emirates, Al Ain
December 18, 2018 at 22:48 GMT +00:00 · Published

Copa Libertadores champions River Plate lost to hosts Al Ain 5-4 on penalties as they crashed out of the Club World Cup semi-finals at the Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium on Tuesday.

The shock result came following a 2-2 draw after extra time despite a frantic start in Abu Dhabi, which saw three goals scored in the first 16 minutes.

"We didn't focus on playing the match with the required determination but I don't want to use excuses," River's coach Marcelo Gallardo said.

"Losing a game is just a probability of football. You have got to know how to respect the winner so we have to respect and congratulate the winner," he concluded. "We are of course hurt by the defeat but it is not a shame to lose."

The result now means Al Ain will face either Real Madrid or Japan's Kashima Antlers in the final on Sunday.

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UAE: No regrets for River despite shock loss to Al Ain in Club World Cup02:00
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Copa Libertadores champions River Plate lost to hosts Al Ain 5-4 on penalties as they crashed out of the Club World Cup semi-finals at the Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium on Tuesday.

The shock result came following a 2-2 draw after extra time despite a frantic start in Abu Dhabi, which saw three goals scored in the first 16 minutes.

"We didn't focus on playing the match with the required determination but I don't want to use excuses," River's coach Marcelo Gallardo said.

"Losing a game is just a probability of football. You have got to know how to respect the winner so we have to respect and congratulate the winner," he concluded. "We are of course hurt by the defeat but it is not a shame to lose."

The result now means Al Ain will face either Real Madrid or Japan's Kashima Antlers in the final on Sunday.

RESTRICTIONS:

•NO ONLINE USAGE

•NO SOCIAL MEDIA USAGE

•ONLY TO BE USED IN TV NEWS PROGRAMMING

•MUST BE DELETED BY 19:00 GMT 19/12/2018