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December 15, 2011

The final clash for the Cup: Barcelona vs. Santos

Barça will be missing David Villa in the 2011 FIFA Club World Cup final against Santos, but remains favorite to win it.

By Camilla Mancini

The eighth edition of the Club World Cup is reaching its end and the last two waiting to fight for the Cup are the spectacular Barcelona FC guided by Pep Guardiola and the “Santástico” from Sao Paulo, with Muricy Ramalho as its head coach. Both teams entered the tournament in the semifinals and nailed it in their fixtures: Santos vs. Kashiwa Reysol and Barcelona vs. Al-Sadd. While Santos has been qualified for the first time to this championship after their success in the 2011 Copa Libertadores de América, Barcelona participates in it for the third time and is looking forward to achieve their second Cup.

The Culés’ captain, Charles Puyol, declared that if his club wins, they will dedicate the victory to his injured partner David Villa

The first to earn the ticket for the finale were the Brazilians, after confronting the “Sun Kings” on thrilling encounter at the Toyota Stadium on Wednesday. The Japanese, who made a great job in playoffs and quarterfinals, couldn’t stop the Santástico from winning at the semifinals and even though they managed to score once, it wasn’t enough. Throughout the match the Asian club controlled the ball almost as much as Santos, but at the 19th minute Neymar made sure to amaze the more-than-29.000 crowd with a brilliant goal. Just five minutes later the Saints were doubling the advantage over Kashiwa Reysol with a goal from Borges. During the second half the encouraging strike from Sakai came along to place the 2-1, but Danilo settled the final score with a free-kick that produced the 3-1. With this triumph Santos –that by the way could’ve got a better score- is standing firmly in the waiting for Barça and during the coming days they would be preparing to meet the most frightful club.

The Blaugranes had their semis fixture at 5.30AM ET today against Sadd Sports Club winner of the 2011 AFC Champions League. Al-Sadd, as the Qatari club is better known, entered for the first time to this world tournament during the quarterfinals to play against the Tunisian team Espérance. The game took place in the Toyota Stadium on December 11th, where Al-Sadd triumphed with a 2-1 score; but the Arabians’ search for the Cup reached an end today during the match with Barcelona. Josep Guardiola affirmed yesterday that his men were ready to meet their rival, “a club with fast moves” he said, and indeed they were, they gave no chance to the Qatari squad with a crushing 4-0. The first two goals were conquer by Adriano during the first half; the first one was thanks to what looked like an inoffensive centre and the second through collaboration between him and Thiago. The second half brought the chance to score for Keita and Maxwell to settled things out at 4-0.

The victory though was shadowed when the beloved striker David Villa suffered a crucial injury in his left leg. The Catalan player had to be stretchered off the field and taken to the Yokohama hospital immediately. Once there, it was confirmed that Villa has his left tibia broken; this will obviously leave him out of the fields for a while, we don’t know yet for how long because the hospital is still running some tests to find out how bad is the lesion.

The final is going to be played on Sunday December 18th at 19.30(local time) at the International Stadium Yokohama; which gives an advantage to Barça, because it’s a field they already know –not that they need advantages. Santos will really have to tough it up if they want to win over Barcelona FC and become the 2011 FIFA Club World Cup Champions.

About the Author

Camilla Mancini is one of the most qualified copy writers on Sports Betting and currently writes for Instant Action Sports. Feel free to reprint this article in its entirety on your site, make sure to leave all links in place and do not modify any of the content.