The Brazilian side beat Japan’s Kashiwa in the first semi-final, with goals from Neymar, Borges and Danilo, and will play for the title against the winner of the Al-Sadd - FC Barcelona match.
Kashiwa: Sugeno, Kondo, Sakai, Masushima, Otani, Domingues, Wagner, Tanaka (Sawa, min 65), Kudo (Kitajima, min 46), Hashimoto (Hyodo, min 80), Kurisawa
Santos: Rafael Cabral, Dracena, Danilo (Bruno Aguiar, min 91), Arouca, Durval, Henrique, Elano (Kardec, min 59), Borges (Ibson, min 81), Ganso, Neymar, Bruno
Goals: 0-1, Neymar (min 19); 0-2, Borges (min 24); 1-2, Sakai (min 54); 1-3, Danilo (min 63)
Referee: Nicola Rizzoli (ITA)
Santos, the Brazilian side, qualified for the final of the Club World Cup this Wednesday after beating Kashiwa by 1-3 at Toyota Stadium in Yokohama. Neymar and Borges, with two amazing goals, put the South American team ahead in the first half. Sakai pulled one back for the Japanese side just after the break but Danilo sealed the victory for the Brazilians with a superb free kick. The Brazilians await a rival for this Sunday’s final, either Al-Sadd or FC Barcelona will join Santos after tomorrow’s semi-final match.
The game quickly went in Santos‘ favour through two works of art from Neymar and Borges; both goals came from shots outside of the Japanese’s area. The game seemed to be all but over before the half-hour mark. Kashiwa, a team without many options yet with a lot of heart, continued to attack the Brazilians and were successfully able to pin Santos back on more than one occasion.
Danilo clinches victory
At the start of the second half, Kanshiwa was rewarded with a goal after Sakai headed the ball home from a corner kick. The Japanese’s hope for comeback didn’t last long, however, because nine minutes later Danilo, with a brilliant free kick, sealed the game for Santos. In the final stretch of the match Kanshiwa roared forward and had many chances to get back into the game, none of the them came to fruition.
Therefore, Santos will play for its third Club World Cup crown, the first two were won in 1962 and 1963 by the legendary team led by Pelé, this Sunday.