Gerard Pique of FC Barcelona looks on during the la Liga match between Real Madrid and Barcelona at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu. Barcelona defeated Al-Sadd at the Club World Cup on Thursday, December 15, 2011. (Photo by Jasper Juinen/Getty Images)

FIFA Club World Cup 2011 Semifinals: Santos, Barcelona Progress To Final As Expected

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Barcelona Vs. Al-Sadd, 2011 FIFA Club World Cup: Final Score, Barca Progress Easily But Lose David Villa

Barcelona are going to the final of the FIFA Club World Cup, where they will face Santos FC and their young stars Neymar, Ganso, Arouca and Danilo. It's the final everyone wanted, and it will be worth it for those in the western world to wake up early to watch it. Unfortunately, the biggest story that came out of Barcelona's 4-0 win over Al-Sadd was not their performance, but the injury to David Villa.

Villa's injury is a broken leg and he will be out for up to six months. Though he was arguably on the verge of losing his first team place, it's still a massive blow to the Cules' season.

Regardless, the Blaugranas' performance was a good one and Al-Sadd were never in the match. Despite the fact that their team is made up almost entirely of full internationals, with four of those starting XI players coming from nations other than Qatar, the Asian champions didn't have a chance against the European champions. 

Adriano, playing in place of Dani Alves, scored two goals for Barcelona in the first half to put the game to rest early. Fellow unlikely goal-scorers Maxwell and Seydou Keita added the third and fourth goals in the second half. These were the four goal-scorers, despite the fact that Lionel Messi, Pedro, Villa, Andres Iniesta and Thiago Alcantara started. Alexis Sanchez and Isaac Cuenca both came off the bench. Football!


FIFA Club World Cup 2011, Santos FC Vs. Kashiwa Reysol: Neymar Guides Brazilians To Final

Kashiwa Reysol gave the Copa Libertadores holders a second-half scare in Japan, but Santos FC were ultimately able to coast through to the final of the 2011 FIFA Club World Cup with a 3-1 victory. They await the winner of the Barcelona vs. Al-Sadd match, which takes place on Thursday. Neymar was arguably man of the match, much to no one's surprise, and he scored an absolutely brilliant opening goal. Also contributing goals was the Brasileirao's golden boot winner Borges and Porto-bound star Danilo.

Neymar's 18th minute goal was the opener, a fantastic shot into the corner of the net from the edge of the penalty area, assisted by Paulo Henrique Ganso. Borges almost matched him for class in the 23rd minute, doubling Santos' lead in five minutes with a goal of his own from the edge of the area.

Hiroki Sakai got one back for the J. League champions, putting in a short-range header in the 53rd minute, but Danilo clinched the win for Santos in the 63rd minute with a fantastic free kick from 30 yards out, giving his team a 3-1 lead that they would hold until the end of the match.    

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