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Club World Cup: Barcelona 4-0 Santos

[Sunday, December 18, 2011 ]

Barcelona cruised to a 4-0 win over Santos in the Club World Cup final to secure a quadruple for 2011, adding the trophy to Champions League, La Liga and Supercopa triumphs over the course of the year.

Barcelona captain Carles Puyol holds the Club World Cup trophy on the podium
Barcelona captain Carles Puyol holds the Club World Cup trophy on the podium

Photo: Reuters

The European champions overwhelmed the South American winners throughout the match and they opened the scoring on 17 minutes when Xavi's outrageous knockdown with his heel and subsequent pass found Lionel Messi, who conjured up a cheeky chip over Santos goalkeeper Rafael Cabral.

Xavi then got on the scoresheet himself just seven minutes later, controlling a cut-back from Daniel Alves with his first touch before firing low past Rafael from 16 yards.

The game was effectively wrapped up just before half-time when Cesc Fàbregas stabbed in the loose ball after an Alves cross caused chaos in the Santos area.

And Messi, who was named the tournament's most valuable player, completed the rout in the 82nd minute when he maneuvered around Rafael to roll the ball into an empty net.


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