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Thursday, December 17, 2009

Barcelona to win first World Club Cup?

Messi: pls put a nicer pic of me in the paper. girls are watching!

Its hard to update blog several times a week if you dont have the commitment to blog. Hence, hats off to those bloggers that can blog frequently, which means at least 3 times a week. I think if i am a fulltime blogger, maybe I can blog like em. LOL! Maybe I should find some longterm sponsors. Any idea? :) Dreaming...

Story of the day: Barcelona into Final of World Club Cup. Hopefully, they can win their first Cup of this type. Happy holidays and enjoy your 3-days holidays for 3 consecutive weeks. Cheers!

Quote of the day: "Passion is what drives you to succeed."
And laziness is what makes you fail?


Barcelona into World Club Cup final

European champions Barcelona produced a masterclass to beat Mexican side Atlante 3-1 here on Wednesday and book their place in the World Club Cup final.

Guillermo Rojas shot Atlante into a surprise fifth-minute lead with Sergio Busquets dragging Barca back on level terms ten minutes from the break.

Second-half substitute Lionel Messi put the Spanish giants ahead in the 55th minute with Pedro wrapping up the semi-final in the 67th minute in front of 41,000 fans at the Zayed Sports City stadium.

Barcelona meet Argentine side Estudiantes, who beat South Korea's Pohang Steelers 2-1 in Tuesday's other semi-final, in Saturday's final, while Atlante will face Asian champions Pohang Steelers in the third place play-off.

"Im very pleased we won but it was very difficult," said Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola.

"As I said beforehand, Atlante are a quality side. They pass the ball well and have a lot of speed, especially with Rojas. But I think we were the better team and the result reflected that.

"The support we received was absolutely fantastic. With the Estudiantes fans and our followers, the final will be a wonderful spectacle."

The World Club Cup is the only international honour missing from Barcelona's well-stocked trophy cabinet after their previous attempt to win it, in 2006, ended in a 1-0 defeat to Brazilian side Internacional.

Victory in the tournament would crown a remarkable year for the current Spanish league leaders, who last season won the Champions League, Spanish league and King's Cup to claim an unprecedented treble.

Guardiola's side quickly settled into their familiar passing rhythm but they fell behind within five minutes when Rojas touched the ball past Barca goalkeeper Victor Valdes before finishing from a difficult angle.

Atlante goalkeeper Federico Vilar had to save from Busquets as the Catalans sought a quick response, while Zlatan Ibrahimovic had an effort cleared off the line.

Andres Iniesta and Ibrahimovic were both narrowly off-target with long-range efforts but 10 minutes before the interval Barca levelled when Busquets touched home from close range after Yaya Toure had flicked on Xavi's corner.

Messi made his entrance shortly after the break and within two minutes he had delighted the crowd by putting his side in front.

The recently crowned European Footballer of the Year collected a reverse pass from Ibrahimovic before slipping away from a defender, rounding the goalkeeper and tapping the ball into an empty net.

Barca's third arrived 23 minutes from time, with Iniesta slaloming through the Atlante defence before setting up Pedro, who provided a nerveless finish.

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