Thursday, 13 December 2007

World Club Cup: Milan set up Boca showdown

AC Milan are through to the final of the FIFA Club World Cup in Japan thanks to Clarence Seedorf's goal against Urawa Red Diamonds.

The crowd at the International Stadium in Yokohama provided an excellent atmosphere to a close fought encounter, but it's Milan who will meet Argentinian giants Boca Juniors in Sunday's final.

Milan had the better of the opening stages. Andrea Pirlo saw a free-kick well saved by the goalkeeper and captain Massimo Ambrosini's header was narrowly off target. The European champions had the majority of the possession, but were frustrated by a well-organised Urawa defence.

The Japanese team had two good chances to score after half time when Alessandro Nesta almost put the ball through his own net and Dida had to be alert to keep out Washington's attempt.

The matchwinning goal came when Ballon d'Or winner Kaka received the ball on the left, beat his marker and reached the byline. He crossed the ball into the box which Seedorf controlled expertly, before lashing the ball into the net with his left foot.

Urawa will now play the third place final against Etoile Sportive du Sahel of Tunisia, before the final in Yokohama on Sunday morning.

FINAL: [Boca Juniors 2-4 Milan]

Source: FIFA

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