Club World Cup

News, commentary, tickets, pre and post match reaction alongside opinion about the FIFA Club World Cup competition.

Inter Milan, Serie A

Sneijder to miss Club World Cup Final

Wesley Sneijder has been ruled out of Saturday’s Club World Cup final against TP Mazembe after scans to his left-leg showed a second grade muscular strain to his hamstring.

The midfielder limped off after just 60 seconds in Inter’s 3-0 victory over Seongnam Ilhwa on Wednesday. His injury has now been confirmed. And, unsurprinsingly, the Dutch midfielder is not happy.

“I am very angry,” he told the press. I felt ready 100 percent for this and I have great will to play the final. It’s almost a joke of destiny.”

Inter Milan, Serie A

Inter into World Club Cup Final

Inter took a big step towards being named FIFA Club World Cup Champions with a comfortable 3-0 win over Asian champions Seongnam Ilhwa. Dejan Stankovic and skipper Javier Zanetti’s first-half goals set Inter on their way before Diego Milito sealed the result in the 73rd minute.

Inter will now meet TP Mazembe in Saturday’s final after the DR Congo side became the first African team to reach the title decider following their 1-0 win over Internacional yesterday.

Barcelona, Europe

Barcelona Cruise in FIFA Club World Cup

Barcelona had to come back from a goal down to beat Atlante 3-1 and qualify for the World Club Cup final. Barca got goals from Sergio, Messi and Pedro. Pedro has noe scored in six different competitions this year, a new record.

With a win in the final, Barcelona will win their sixth trophy in 2009, a remarkable total.

Everyone expected the best team in the World to steamroll Atlante, but after just four minutes, Atlante took a shock lead. The Mexican goalkeeper sent a long ball forward from a free kick for Rojas to surprise the Barca defence and lob the ball over Valdés.