Yannick Ndjeng (L)
The Mexicans emerged as the more accomplished of these two continental champions at the Toyota Stadium. Goals from Hiram Mier, Aldo De Nigris and Jesus Zavala saw them prevail after falling behind to a Yannick Ndjeng opener. Esperance hit back in the closing stages through a Khaled Mouelhi penalty but were generally second-best over the course of the match.
Already despondent following their quarter-final defeat to Kashiwa Reysol, Monterrey had been dealt a significant pre-match blow with the news that Humberto Suazo, their star Chilean striker, had been unable to recover from an injury sustained against the J.League champions.
Monterrey have claimed victory in the fifth-place play-off at the FIFA Club World Cup Japan 2011 after coming from behind to secure a deserved 3-2 win over Esperance.
Beladj is congratulated by Ndjeng
The victory was a testament to the importance of taking one’s chances, with the Qataris advancing despite spending the vast majority of this match firmly on the back foot.
Esperance were dominant from the outset, and Al-Sadd keeper Mohamed Saqr was twice called upon to deny the Tunisians’ Cameroonian striker, Yannick Ndjeng, inside the opening eight minutes.
The African champions also had the game’s outstanding player in Youssef Msakni, who lit up the match in 19 minutes with a superb piece of skill on the left flank.
Asian champions Al-Sadd today booked a FIFA Club World Cup semi-final date with Barcelona thanks to a 2-1 victory over Esperance at the Toyota Stadium.
Esperance won 2011 CAF Champions League
The match will be played on 11 December in Toyota after Thursday's draw in Nagoya on Thursday.
Should Esperance beat Al Sadd, a semi-final date awaits with Barcelona, the Spanish side who won this year's Uefa Champions League.
The semi-finals of the CWC clash will be played in Yokohama on 15 December.
Esperance president Riadh Bennour is confident they will emulate last year's African representatives, TP Mazembe of DR Congo, by reaching the final.
African champions Esperance will face Al Sadd in the quarter-finals of the 2011 Club World Cup (CWC) in Japan next month.