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article imageOp-Ed: Barcelona thrash Santos 4-0 to claim FIFA Club World Cup

By Christopher Bates     Dec 18, 2011 in Sports
Yokohama - Santos were no match for the outstanding Barcelona earlier today, as Pep Guardiola's men thrashed Brazilian giants Santos 4-0, claiming the FIFA Club World Cup for the second time in their history.
It tops off a fantastic year for Barcelona, having also won La Liga, the Champions League and the Spanish Super Cup.
Lionel Messi, who was later named the tournament's most valuable player, broke the deadlock in the 17th minute. He ran on to a fantastic ball from Xavi, before cheekily chipping the ball over Bruno Rodrigo.
Barcelona doubled their lead just five minutes later, when Xavi turned goalscorer. Following a deflected cross from Dani Alves, Xavi successfully tapped the ball in from 12 yards out.
Cesc Fabregas made it three on the stroke of half-time. Rafael Cabral pushed Alves' attempted cross away, before making a fantastic save to deny Thiago. Unfortunately for Cabral, the ball fell straight into the path of Fabregas, who calmly slotted it home.
If it wasn't already inevitable, Barcelona put the game to rest in the 82nd minute, and it was Messi who shone once again. Alves played a perfect through ball for the Argentine, who danced around Cabral and placed the ball into the empty net.
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