Mamelodi Sundowns have suffered their second defeat in the ongoing club world cup after succumbing to a 4-1 loss to Asian champions Jeonbuk Hyundai in their 5th/6th place play-off.
The match was played at the 40000-seater Suita City Football Stadium in Osaka Japan.
The Japanese dictated pace from the onset and were ahead as early as the 18th minute through Kim Bokyung’s close range strike from a cross.
Jeonbuk nearly doubled the lead in the 28th minute but Cranes goalie Dennis Onyango rushed off his line to block Moyeol’s effort in a one on one situation.
The save was not enough to keep the African champions afloat as Lee Jongo struck in a minute later.
Sundowns situation worsened four minutes to the break after Ricardo Nascimento diverted the ball in his own net.
Percy Tau pulled one back for the Brazilians with a wonder strike three minutes later. The attacker sped to pick a long delivery on the right wing before disposing his marker and hit a stunner from a rare angle.
Kim Shinwook restored the three goal cushion with a fine header after Onyango had failed to clear off an aerial ball.
The result means Mamelodi finish in a disappointing sixth position after recording two losses- both against Japanese opponents.