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Dec 20, 2009

FC Barcelona won the 2009 World Club Cup by defeating South American Champions, Estudiantes by two goals to one. Estudiantes went ahead in the first half through Bosselli's goal, Barca left it late to grab an equaliser. Actually the equaliser came in the 88th minute from Pedro's header and Lionel Messi scored a rather beautiful goal with his chest in the second half of second half, to gift Barca their first triump at World stage. With this triump, Barca have won six trophies in 2009. Estudiantes might have been hard done for a momentary lapse of cocentration late in the second half, but Barca were the best team overall. With Iniesta absent Guardiola chose a midfield which had Xavi and Keita along with Busquets.Busquets was preferred Bosellionce again ahead of Toure but overall Toure had greater authority on the match than Guardiola's favourite. Messi, Ibrahmovic and Henry lined up in the offence. The defense had the familiar look with Alves, Puyol, Pique and Abidal lining up together.

Both teams started the match firmly. Estudiantes had a great chance in the fifth minute, Veron who looks like have improved a lot in recent years put Enzo Perez through with a great ball, but Valdes was quick to come off his line block the ball. In the 10th minute Barca had their first chance; Ibrahmovic put Xavi through on goal but he instead of going for the goal tried to square the ball to Henry and the move was eventually closed out. Meanwhile Estudiantes continued with their rather physical approach to the game and referee allowed them to play such a style. That means Barca players were at the receiving end of a lot number of physical fouls. In the 27th minute Veron had a shot from outside the box go wide. In the 35th minute Barca had a great shout for penalty, Xavi was brough down by Albil but the referee decided to look the other way. Then in the 37th minute Estudiantes went ahead; Enzo Perez sent in a great cross into the box, Boselli got inbetween Puyol and Abidal and sent the header into the right corner of the goal. Puyol completely missed the ball. Barca couldn't muster any chances for the rest of half as Estudiantes were keen only to defense.

The second half saw Barca with more vigour to force a favourable result. Guardiola brought in Pedro for Keita and that meant Messi would play a roaming role in middle. In the 48th minute saw his shot go just wide of the far post. In the 61st minute Alves had a great chance; Messi whipped in a great cross from left which the keeper couldn't reach but Alves failed to connect. In the 69th minute Xavi sent a ball to Pedro he skipped past two defenders but his final shot was blocked by keeper's foot. Guardiola brought in Jeffren for Henry in the 83rd minute. In the 89th minute Xavi sent in to the box, the ball ballooned from a defenders' head, Pique did well to win a header and it fell to an unmarked Pedro who looped his header over the advancing keeper's head to take the match to extra time. Extra time was a single side affair. Estudianted were shattered by the late equaliser and Barca were constantly bombarding their goal mouth. Messi and Ibra both had chances in the first half of extra time. But we were abvle to break the Estudiantes resolve in the 110th minute. Alves sent in a great cross into the box from the right which Messi managed to chest past the hapless goal keeper to take Barca 2-1 ahead. That goal shocked Estudiantes further but they came out roaring that resulted in couple of scares towards the end of the match.

This is Barca's second consecutive come-back from behind victory in Club cup. We have been doing this quite often this season but this one was the toughest. At times it looked like the godess of luck was conspiring against Barca but our never say die attitude finally paid off. I read some EPL fans writing that Messi's goal was a hand ball, I would suggest them to see the goal carefully, that was quite a remarkable goal. We were always considered as the best team in the world at this moment and this triumph shuts every doubters mouth. No team in the history of football I guess, has won all the trophies which were in offering in a single year. This is history in making and we would are blessed as we witnessed it with our eyes.

1 comments:

OmarCule said...

Estudiantes put on a good fight, but at the end of the day, the world's greatest football club came on top!

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