FIFA CLUB WORLD CUP

International Stadium Yokohama

Referee: Irmatov, Ravshan

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Barcelona

  • Lionel Messi 16'
  • Xavi 23'
  • Cesc Fábregas 44'
  • Lionel Messi 82'
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Magic Messi helps Barca conquer the world

Barcelona won the FIFA Club World Cup for the second time in three years with a commanding 4-0 victory over Brazilian side Santos.

• Neymar: Impossible to beat Barca

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

style.

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

line.

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

Santos area.

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.

Scoring Summary

  • Santos FC
  • Barcelona
 
(16') Lionel Messi
(23') Xavi
(44') Cesc Fábregas
(82') Lionel Messi

Match Stats

  • Santos FC
  • Barcelona
6(3) Shots (on goal) 14(7)
9 Fouls 5
2 Corner kicks 4
0 Offsides 7
0% Time of Possession 0%
2 Yellow Cards 2
0 Red Cards 0
3 Saves 3

Teams

  • Santos FC
  • Barcelona
Substitutes
Substitutions
Elano for Danilo (30')
Alan Kardec for Borges (79')
Ibson for Ganso (82')
Yellow Cards
Edu Dracena (74')
Ganso (80')