Corinthians focused on semis at Club World Cup
TOYOTA, Japan (AP) -Corinthians captain Alessandro insists the Copa Libertadores winners won't be taking African champion Al-Ahly lightly when the two teams meet in the semifinals of the Club World Cup.
The Brazilian giants head into Wednesday's semifinal as the overwhelming favorites but don't have to look far back in tournament to know upsets can happen.
In the 2010 tournament, TP Mazembe became the first African team to reach the Club World Cup final when they beat Copa Libertadores winners Internacional 2-0 in the semis.
Alessandro said: "We don't have any leeway to think about the final yet.''
Corinthians won the Club World Cup in 2000 and arrive in Japan having become the first unbeaten Copa Libertadores champions since 1978, recording eight wins and six draws on the way to the title.