Barcelona Beats Al-Sadd to Reach Club World Cup Final; Villa Breaks Leg
European soccer champion Barcelona beat Qatar’s Al-Sadd 4-0 today to reach the final of the FIFA Club World Cup, where it will play Santos of Brazil.
Adriano got two goals for the Spanish club in Yokohama, Japan, with Seydou Keita and Maxwell also scoring. Barcelona’s win was marred by a broken left leg for striker David Villa.
Barcelona is aiming to become the fifth straight European winner of the annual competition, which is contested by the champions of each continent’s soccer federation. Japan’s Kashiwa Reysol also qualified for this year’s tournament as winner of the host nation’s J League.
Adriano got both his goals in the first half today, the first when an attempted clearance by goalkeeper Mohamed Saqr was hit straight at the Brazilian and rebounded into the net.
Before Adriano doubled the lead just before halftime, Barcelona had already had to replace Villa. Barcelona confirmed on its website that Villa fractured the tibia in his left leg in a tackle on 39 minutes.
Keita scored after 64 minutes, with substitute Maxwell getting the final goal with nine minutes remaining.
Barcelona, the 2009 champion, will face Santos on Dec. 18 in Yokohama. Santos yesterday beat Kashiwa 3-1.