VIDEO: Messi on target as Barca reach the Club World Cup final

Barcelona 3 – Atlante 1 (FIFA Club World Cup semi-final, December 16, 2009) The unfancied Mexicans stole into a fourth minute lead when Guillermo Rojas collected a long punt through the middle, lifted the ball over keeper Valdes and slid in the opener. The Catalans drew level ten minute before the break when Sergio Busquets found the net after Toure had flicked a corner on at the near post. The competition then got the shot in the arm it was begging for as, in the 54th minute, Zlatan played a neat through-ball to the advancing Leo Messi who rounded the keeper and coolly finished for Barca’s second. Barca confirmed their place in the final against Argentina’s Estudiantes when Pedro Rodriguez netted the third in the 67th minute.

TP Mazembe 2 – Auckland City 3 (FIFA Club World Cup fifth-place playoff, December 16, 2009) The match had appeared to be heading for extra time, with Jason Hayne’s two strikes for Auckland sandwiching Mazembe goals from Ngandu Kasongo and Kilitcho Kasusula, before Riki van Steeden settled matters in injury time.


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