Barcelona won the FIFA Club World Cup for the second time in three years with a commanding 4-0 victory over Brazilian side Santos.
Lionel Messi scored twice to cap a brilliant performance and Cesc Fabregas and
Xavi also got on the scoresheet in a one-sided contest in Yokohama.
Barcelona, who were without striker David Villa after he broke the shinbone in
his left leg in their 4-0 semi-final victory over Al-Sadd. dominated from the
outset and the only surprise was that they did not score more and took until the
17th minute to break the deadlock.
Messi had already had a shot saved by goalkeeper Rafael, with Thiago hitting
the rebound straight at the goalkeeper, before opening the scoring in some
Xavi brilliantly controlled a ball which looked to be behind him before playing
a superb pass into Messi, who conjured up a cheeky chip over the goalkeeper that
found the net despite Bruno Rodrigo's desperate attempt to clear it off the
Xavi then got on the scoresheet himself after controlling a cutback from Dani
Alves with his first touch and shooting beyond Rafael with his second.
At the other end, Borges did manage to get a shot on target but saw his effort
saved at the near post by Victor Valdes, and seconds later Barca were on the
attack again with Fabregas seeing his shot come back off the upright.
The former Arsenal captain was not to be denied on the stroke of half-time
however, stabbing in the loose ball after an Alves cross caused chaos in the
With the result beyond doubt, Barca almost extended their lead in the first
minute of the second half as Fabregas saw his shot deflected inches wide, while
Messi then had an effort saved by the legs of Rafael.
There was a carbon copy at the other end as Neymar's shot was blocked by
Valdes, but that was a depressingly rare chance for the Brazilian side.
And Messi completed the rout in the 82nd minute when he was played through by
an excellent pass from Alves.
Despite an uncharacteristically poor first touch, the Argentinian star still
skipped around the goalkeeper and rolled the ball into the empty net.