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River Plate 0-3 Barcelona

By Emlyn BegleyBBC Sport
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.


River Plate

Formation 4-1-3-2

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


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


Formation 4-3-3

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


  • 1ter Stegen
  • 15Bartra
  • 17El Haddadi
  • 19Ramírez
  • 20Roberto Carnicer
  • 21Correia
  • 23Vermaelen
  • 24Mathieu
  • 25Masip
  • 26Samper
  • 28Gumbau
Alireza Faghani

Match Stats

Home TeamRiver PlateAway TeamBarcelona
Shots on Target

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, River Plate 0, Barcelona 3.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, River Plate 0, Barcelona 3.

  3. Post update

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

  4. Post update

    Foul by Luis Suárez (Barcelona).

  5. Post update

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

  6. Post update

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

  7. Post update

    Foul by Lucas Alario (River Plate).

  8. Post update

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

  9. Post update

    Foul by Gabriel Mercado (River Plate).

  10. Post update

    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.

  11. Post update

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

  12. Post update

    Foul by Dani Alves (Barcelona).

  13. Post update

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

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Barcelona. Jeremy Mathieu replaces Neymar.

  15. Post update

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

  16. Post update

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

  17. Post update

    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.

  18. Post update

    Corner, River Plate. Conceded by Sergio Busquets.

  19. Post update

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

  20. Post update

    Foul by Sebastián Driussi (River Plate).

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Sunday 20th December 2015

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