Guangzhou Evergrande battle back to beat America in Club World Cup


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Paulinho scored in the final minute of stoppage time on Sunday as Chinese champions Guangzhou Evergrande beat Mexico’s Club America 2-1 to advance to the semifinals of the Club World Cup.

Paulinho’s header from a corner kick in the 93rd minute allowed Luiz Felipe Scolari’s team to secure a showdown with tournament favourites Barcelona on Dec. 17 in Yokohama.

Club America dominated for most of the second half until substitute Zheng Long equalised in the 80th minute, taking a pass from Gao Lin and beating Club America goalkeeper Moises Munoz with a shot from 15 metres.

Oribe Peralta gave Club America a 1-0 lead 10 minutes after the break with a header from a Dario Benedetto cross.