Chivas Guadalajara crashed out of the Club World Cup as Kashima Antlers came from a goal down to beat the Liga MX side 3-2 in the Quarterfinals of the competition.
Struggling Chivas arrived to this tournament after finishing 11th in the 2018 Liga MX Apertura, but looked to be the favorites to go through and set up a Semifinal clash with UEFA Champions League winners Real Madrid.
They certainly looked up to the task early when Angel Zaldivar headed the Mexican club into the lead.
But after Chivas failed to double their lead on a pair of occasions, Kashima Antlers regrouped in the second half and equalized through Ryota Nagaki in the 49th minute.
Kashima Antlers built on their goal, and 20 minutes later were fortunate to get a penalty call in their favor. Serginho stepped up and made no mistake from the spot to give the J-League side the lead.
In the 84th minute, Hiroki Abe doubled the advantage after scoring a stunning effort from the edge of the box.
Chivas finally replied in injury time when Alan Pulido converted from his own penalty miss, but the goal came too little too late as Guadalajara completed a disappointing end to their semester.
Chivas will now play ES Tunis in the match for 5th place, which serves as mere consolation match for the losers.