Mexican side Tigres became the first team from North America to reach the final of the FIFA Club World Cup in Qatar when they beat Brazil’s Palmeiras 1-0 on Sunday.
35-year-old veteran Andre-Pierre Gignac scored the only goal of the first semi-final in the 54th minute after defender Luan committed a foul in the box.
It was the Frenchman’s third goal of the tournament, his right-footed shot finding the bottom left corner.
Gignac, who has led Tigres to four Liga MX titles, is the club’s all-time leading scorer with 147 goals.
Tigres await the winner of Monday’s second semi between Bayern Munich and Egypt’s Al Ahly in Thursday’s decider. Palmeiras will meet the loser in the third-place playoff.
European sides have won the last seven Club World Cups, a run started by German giants Bayern in 2013.
Hansi Flick’s side are looking to claim their sixth 2020 title at the tournament delayed from December amid the coronavirus pandemic. Bayern won the German double last season, the Champions League, and at the start of this season both the German and European Super Cups.
Qatar’s Al Duhail finished fifth after an impressive 3-1 win over Asian champions Ulsan Hyundai earlier in the day.
Goals from Edmilson Junior, Mohammed Muntari and Almoez Ali helped give the team from the host nation victory.
Yoon Bit Garam equalised Edmilson’s first-half opener in the 61st minute but Muntari immediately restored the lead and Ali ensured the win late on.