Boca Juniors were given a fright by African Champions League winners Etoile Sportive du Sahel in their semi-final match in Tokyo, but booked their place in the final of the FIFA Club World Cup by the narrowest of margins.
Neri Cardozo's 37th minute strike proved to be the difference between the two teams in a game were chances were at a premium. Martin Palermo slid the ball to Rodrigo Palacio down the left hand side and he played a neat pass to Cardozo who fired the ball high into the net from close range.
Etoile had more of the possession in the second half, but lacked the cutting edge needed to break down a resolute Boca defence. Their cause was helped, however, in the 65th minute when Fabian Vargas was sent off for a second bookable offence.
Despite the numerical disadvantage, Boca held on for the win. The African champions can be proud of their efforts, but ultimately, it is the Argentinians who are celebrating a place in the final.
They will now play the winners of the second semi-final between European champions AC Milan and their Asian counterparts Urawa Red Diamonds, who play in Yokohama on Thursday.
FINAL: [Boca Juniors 2-4 Milan]