FC Barcelona reach the FIFA Club World Cup Final after winning Qatari Al-Sadd (4-0)
FC Barcelona vs Al-Sadd ended with goals from Adriano (2), Keita and Maxwell. The goals put an end to Qatari club Al-Sadd’s participation in the competition, and Barça will face Santos FC from Brazil in Sunday’s title decider. However, Barça’s striker David Villa broke his tibia and might be off for 4 to 5 months.
Yokohama (FCB).- Barça are in the FIFA Clubs World Cup final for the fourth time after easily defeating Al-Sadd from Qatar in this Thursday semi final in Japan. FC Barcelona vs Al-Sadd ended with goals from Adriano (2), Keita and Maxwell, although the celebrations were muted by the news of a very serious injury sustained by David Villa. Asian champions Al-Sadd didn\u2019t get a shot on target all game.
The challenge now is for FCB to win their second world final, having already done so in 2009 in Abu Dhabi. Brazilian side Santos FC will be the opponent.
Barça were infinitely superior to their opponent, Qatari\u2019s Al-Sadd, and had them outplayed in every department. FC Barcelona dominated the possession and found it relatively easy to turn that into goalscoring chances. Al-Sadd had little option but to defend for all their worth, and even sacrificed almost every opportunity of counter attacks, as if resigned from the outset to little more than a damage limitation exercise. With Pedro especially active down the left wing, it was only a matter of time before the first goal came.
First goal from Adriano
It was Adriano who broke the deadlock, following a horrendous mix-up between Belhadj and his goalkeeper Mohamed over a backpass. The Brazilian was there to seize the opportunity and knock the ball home with his knee just as the keeper was attempting a desperate clearance. It was hardly a candidate for goal of the year, but Barça were in the lead.
David Villa is severely injured
Shortly after came the dreadful incident in which David Villa fractured his left tibia on his way to goal. Alexis came on his place. Villa has been taken to Yokohama Rosai Hospital for further tests. He could be without playing for four to five months, and therefore he might not appear on the pitch for the rest of the season.
Adriano scores the second goal
Adriano was also the author of Barça\u2019s second goal, a far more beautiful effort than the first, in which he converted a Pedro cross. The final was already well in sight.
Keita makes sure
Barça looked extremely relaxed going into the second half, knowing that the game was well under their control and that the Asian champions would need a vast improvement if they were to trouble the Catalans, who seemed to have a free reign to do whatever they liked. Rival keeper Mohamed was in for a busy evening, and there was nothing he could do to stop Keita\u2019s deftly converted goal that made it 3-0.
The fourth, from Maxwell
Moments after, Maxwell topped off a piercing run from the left to score what, like Keita\u2019s, was his first goal of the season. The second Clubs World Cup final awaits on Sunday (11.30, GMT+1), against Santos FC.