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River Plate 0-3 Barcelona

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Messi & Suarez score as Barca win Club World Cup

Barcelona won their fifth trophy of 2015 by clinching the Fifa Club World Cup for a third time with a comprehensive victory over River Plate.

River could not cope with Luis Suarez, Lionel Messi and Neymar in Yokohama.

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

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

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

Barcelona complete memorable trophy haul

Barcelona celebrate
Luis Enrique won the treble last season - his first campaign as Barcelona boss

Less than a year ago Luis Enrique was reported to be on the verge of being sacked, but the club's board stuck by him and since then they have won five of the six possible trophies 2015 had to offer.

Only a Spanish Super Cup defeat by Athletic Bilbao denied them the chance to match the 2009 sextuple under Pep Guardiola.

They are top of La Liga for now [on goal difference from Atletico Madrid, who play later on Sunday], and in the last 16 of the Copa del Rey and Champions League - as they bid to do it all again in 2016.

Barcelona have scored 176 goals this year - a new club record. They have one final game to add to it - at home to Real Betis in the league on 30 December.

Barcelona strike force in electric form

Lionel Messi
Lionel Messi has scored in all six club competitions in a year - for the second time in his career (2011)

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.

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 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.

Line-ups

River Plate

  • 1Barovero
  • 25Mercado
  • 2Maidana
  • 3Balanta
  • 21Vangioni
  • 5KranevitterBooked at 10mins
  • 8Sánchez
  • 19ViudezSubstituted forDriussiat 56'minutes
  • 23PonzioBooked at 32minsSubstituted forLuchoat 45'minutes
  • 7MoraSubstituted forMartínezat 45'minutes
  • 13Alario

Substitutes

  • 6Vega
  • 10Martínez
  • 11Saviola
  • 12Batalla
  • 15Pisculichi
  • 16Bertolo
  • 18Mayada
  • 20Casco
  • 22Driussi
  • 24Mammana
  • 26Chiarini
  • 27Lucho

Barcelona

  • 13Bravo
  • 6Dani Alves
  • 3Piqué
  • 14MascheranoSubstituted forVermaelenat 81'minutes
  • 18AlbaBooked at 16mins
  • 4RakiticBooked at 43minsSubstituted forSergiat 67'minutesBooked at 72mins
  • 5Busquets
  • 8Iniesta
  • 10Messi
  • 9L Suárez
  • 11NeymarBooked at 61minsSubstituted forMathieuat 89'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1ter Stegen
  • 15Bartra
  • 17El Haddadi
  • 19Ramírez
  • 20Sergi
  • 21Adriano
  • 23Vermaelen
  • 24Mathieu
  • 25Masip
  • 26Samper
  • 28Gumbau
Referee:
Alireza Faghani
Attendance:
66,853

Match Stats

Home TeamRiver PlateAway TeamBarcelona
Possession
Home36%
Away64%
Shots
Home9
Away16
Shots on Target
Home5
Away9
Corners
Home6
Away2
Fouls
Home21
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, River Plate 0, Barcelona 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, River Plate 0, Barcelona 3.

Attempt blocked. Sebastián Driussi (River Plate) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Leonel Vangioni.

Foul by Luis Suárez (Barcelona).

Eder Balanta (River Plate) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Claudio Bravo (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Lucas Alario (River Plate).

Jeremy Mathieu (Barcelona) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Gabriel Mercado (River Plate).

Attempt saved. Carlos Sánchez (River Plate) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Gonzalo Martínez.

Attempt blocked. Leonel Vangioni (River Plate) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Matías Kranevitter.

Foul by Dani Alves (Barcelona).

Gonzalo Martínez (River Plate) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Barcelona. Jeremy Mathieu replaces Neymar.

Offside, River Plate. Leonel Vangioni tries a through ball, but Lucho González is caught offside.

Attempt saved. Gonzalo Martínez (River Plate) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

Attempt missed. Lucas Alario (River Plate) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Gonzalo Martínez with a cross following a corner.

Corner, River Plate. Conceded by Sergio Busquets.

Gerard Piqué (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Sebastián Driussi (River Plate).

Substitution

Substitution, Barcelona. Thomas Vermaelen replaces Javier Mascherano.

Attempt blocked. Neymar (Barcelona) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Luis Suárez.

Corner, River Plate. Conceded by Claudio Bravo.

Attempt saved. Lucas Alario (River Plate) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Leonel Vangioni with a cross.

Foul by Sergio Busquets (Barcelona).

Gabriel Mercado (River Plate) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, River Plate. Conceded by Gerard Piqué.

Luis Suárez (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jonathan Maidana (River Plate).

Booking

Sergi Roberto (Barcelona) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Sergi Roberto (Barcelona).

Gonzalo Martínez (River Plate) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Goal!

Goal! River Plate 0, Barcelona 3. Luis Suárez (Barcelona) header from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Neymar with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Barcelona. Sergi Roberto replaces Ivan Rakitic.

Neymar (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Gabriel Mercado (River Plate).

Corner, River Plate. Conceded by Dani Alves.

Booking

Neymar (Barcelona) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Neymar (Barcelona).

Gabriel Mercado (River Plate) wins a free kick on the right wing.

goal

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