UEFA Champiosn League winner Barcelona defeated Copa Libertadores holders River Plate 3-0 to clinch the 2015 FIFA Club World Cup trophy on Sunday at the Nissan Stadium stadium in Japan.
Lionel Messi’s volleyed finish sent Barcelona in front before a brace from Luis Suarez after the break ensured the European champions were 3-0 victors over River Plate side that offered little or no response.
Messi missed Thursday’s 3-0 victory over Guangzhou Evergrande in the semi-finals through abdominal pain while Neymar was ruled out with a groin injury, but both were free to complement semi-final hat-trick hero Luis Suarez in an ‘MSN’ attack on Sunday.
River, meanwhile started with Matias Kranevitter, who played his final game for Los Millonarios before his move to Atletico Madrid, but former Barca favourite Javier Saviola remained a subsitute from the 1-0 win against Sanfreece Hiroshima.
Nonetheless, the Copa Libertadores holders failed to keep La Blaugrana at bay for too much longer, although they initially had goalkeeper Marcelo Barovero to thank after he managed to deny Messi from point-blank range and tipped a free kick from his countryman wide.
However, Barovero could do nothing about Barca’s opener as Dani Alves’ hanging cross was knocked down by Neymar in the box for Messi, who then allowed the ball to roll across him, before volleying a finish home for his third goal in as many Club World Cup finals.
After the break, Barca take control of the game, scoring their second just nine minutes in as Sergio Busquets’ visionary through ball released Suarez to squeeze through Baroveros legs for 2-0.
The victory was then sealed with little over 20 minutes remaining as Neymar proceeded to win his duel with Gabriel Mercado, bending a pinpoint cross onto the head of Suarez, who effortlessly guided his header home.
Barcelona held on to secure a historic third triumph in the Club World Cup, complementing La Liga, the Copa del Rey, Champions League and European Super Cup earlier secured in the last 12 months.