CLUB WORLD CUP GOES TO BRAZIL AGAIN
Eleven Brazilians stopped Ronaldinho, the superstar of the mother country when substitute Adriano's late goal gave Internacional a victory over Barcelona in Final of FIFA Club World Cup at Yokohama International Stadium Sunday. Brazilian club won the tournament two in a row while Barcelona was the second appearance since former Toyota Cup 1992 but missed the chance for the world title again.
It was a long ball that the South American side broke the deadlock at less than ten minutes left into the second half when Abel Braga's men succeeded in luring Barca's centerback Rafael Marquez near the halfline to create a fast-break. Iarley phisically defeated Carlos Puyol in competing flowing ball and Adriano, who replaced captain Fernandao at 31 minutes of 2nd, did the rest job past Victor Valdes into the net. Barcelona coach Frank Rijkaard replaced Xabi with Motta to show the spirit for the title but at last it ended to a reckless gamble. Ronaldinho and Deco, who was born in Brazil and was naturalized in Portugal, challenged for scoring but failed at all. For me, however, the game entertained me.
I was surprised at the fact that five of six participation teams had Brazilian players. Today, Brazilian have showed they are excellent as both an individual and a team to again all over the world.
FIFA Club World Cup Japan 2006
Final at Yokohama (17 Dec)
Internacional 1-0 Barcelona