However, the keeper was powerless to stop Romarinho's wonderful long range drive and Henk ten Cate's side progressed from the playoff.
"But we'll approach this game with humility as we always do because we want to do better than we have done in the past".
Fabrizio Tavano says thoughts of playing teams like Real Madrid are well out of the picture - Al Jazira is the only team that matters.
Payments will be made pro rata to all clubs that any given player was registered with during the two years prior to him exiting the competition. We played Raja Casablanca in 2013 in front of a crowd that was very hostile towards us and we competed very well.
"We already know against Urawa it's going to be a very different game, it's going to be even more hard".
"We need to focus on Saturday", he said. Kashima Antlers finished runners-up behind Real Madrid previous year.
After the break, "The Navy Blues" kept hunting in search of goals.
"We have a lot of respect for Arabic football and we respect Al Jazira as a team".
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Jazira kicked off the event, taking place in the UAE for the third time, on Wednesday with a dogged 1-0 victory against New Zealand's Auckland City in the play-off in Al Ain to enter the tournament proper.
City have played at the Club World Cup nine times, but they have never been on top in a match like they were on Thursday [NZ time] at Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium in Al Ain in the UAE.
Auckland City captain Angel Berlanga congratulates Ali Mabkhout of Al Jazira at the end of the game.
"We hope we get some more fans", he said. While it was a beautifully hit shot by Romarinho - who has played more than 150 games for Corinthians - it was a lapse in concentration from Auckland City, who failed to track his run and left him free in a risky area.
Midfielder Mario Bilen put in a full training session last night but remains doubtful for selection, while replacement goalkeeper Cameron Brown is over his jetlag having raced to join the squad as a last minute replacement for Danyon Drake who dislocated his shoulder at training earlier in the week.
In their proud history, this will go down as Auckland City's most bitter defeat.
Meanwhile, Vicelich, who is New Zealand's most-capped worldwide in history, is attending his 7th FIFA Club World Cup.