Suarez grabs hat-trick as Barcelona stroll into final
YOKOHAMA: Barcelona's Luis Suarez got a hat-trick, including an exquisite second goal, as they strolled into the Club World Cup final with a 3-0 win over Asian champions Guangzhou Evergrande on Thursday.
The Chinese side gave the European champions a couple of scares in the first half but they were utterly outclassed by the end of a match that often resembled an attack-versus-defence training session.
Zou Zheng also suffered a horrific injury in the first half, appearing to break his leg as he fell awkwardly to the clear distress of his Guangzhou team mates.
Barca's dominance was almost embarrassing as they stroked the ball effortlessly around and not even Guangzhou's contingent of three Brazilian players could stop them.
It was the Chinese team's first defeat in 26 games under coach Luiz Felipe Scolari who took over in June.
Scolari was returning to the stadium where he led Brazil to their fifth world title in 2002, although this time he was in search of redemption after last year's 7-1 World Cup semi-final defeat to Germany on home soil in his second stint in charge.
"I want to thank the players for this fantastic year they have had," Scolari told reporters. "Losing 3-0 to Barcelona is no different to what other big clubs have suffered."