Barca Beat River Plate to Lift Club World Cup

European champions, Barcelona, became the first club to win the Fifa Club World Cup for a third time after they beat Argentine side, Riverplate, 3-0 in the 2015 final in Yokohama, Japan.

River could simply not cope with Barca’s Luis Suarez, Lionel Messi and Neymar who either scored or assisted to give the Catalans their fifth trophy in 2015..

Messi scored the opener after returning from a kidney problem when he controlled Neymar’s pass to finish.

Suarez latched onto Sergio Busquets’ brilliant ball over the top to double their lead and then added his second with a header from Neymar’s cross.

Five goals

Uruguay striker Suarez finished the tournament with five goals in two games after scoring a hat-trick in the 3-0 semi-final win over Guangzhou Evergrande

River Plate started quite brightly in the Yokohama International Stadium. But once Barca’s front three got going, they had no hope.

Messi and Neymar both missed the semi-final with fitness problems, but Suarez had ensured they were not missed with his semi-final treble.

But with the three players reunited and in top form, no club in the world can handle them.

For their opener Neymar and Messi both had roles in the build-up before the Brazilian found his Argentine colleague to fire home the opener.

Suarez added a second from Busquets’ excellent long ball and then headed home Neymar’s excellent cross for his second.

Both tried to play in Neymar for a goal of his own, but he will still be happy with his goal-free performance – having lost in the 2011 final to Barca while at Santos. 

Hiroshima finish third

Home side, Sanfrecce Hiroshima, gave the local fans something to celebrate after beating Guangzhou Evergrande 2-1 to finish third. Former Tottenham midfielder, Paulinho gave the Chinese side a third minute lead but Douglas scored two second half goals to give Hiroshima the win.

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