Inter crowned World Champions

Inter Milan picked up their fifth title of the year and were duly crowned as world champions after comprehensively beating TP Mazembe 3-0 in the final of the FIFA Club World Cup.
The Nerazzurri victory was founded on two early goals from Goran Pandev and Samuel Eto’o before Jonathan Biabiany add lustre to the result with a third in the closing stages.
Inter were heavy favourites coming into the game, but Congolese side Mazembe had proved they couldn’t be taken lightly after having defeated South American champions Internacional in the semi-finals.
Pandev opened the scoring for the Nerazzurri in the 13th minute after being set-up with a delightfully weighted lob over the defence by Samuel Eto’o. The Macedonian made no mistake in a one on one situation to the delight of his team-mates.
Eto’o got on the scoresheet himself only a few minutes later as Javier Zanetti drove into the box and pulled the back from the byline. Pandev failed to control it properly, but the ball fell to Eto’o who then fired into the bottom corner from just outside the penalty area.
Diego Milito had a chance to seal the game for Inter but he missed an easy opportunity when sent clear through on goal. ‘Il Principe’ missed another golden opportunity towards the end of the first half as he deliberated one moment to long and allowed the defender to get in a challenge in a similar situation.
Mazembe came back into the game in the second half and created a number of opportunities but were eventually denied by some good defending or Julio Cesar, who delivered a stellar performance between the sticks.
The Brazilian palmed away a long-range effort from Mihayo, and then was quickest to react to deny Kaluyituka after the forward capitalized on a defensive error. The custodian came to Inter’s rescue once more as he produced a save from point-blank range against Kaluyituka to keep his clean sheet.
Inter finally made sure that the trophy was heading to Italy in the 85th minute as Jonathan Biabiany was set free with a ball over the top from fellow substitute Dejan Stankovic. The Frenchman did well to control the ball and round the keeper and tapped into the empty net to make the scoreline more emphatic.
There were great signs of jubilation at the final whistle as the Nerazzurri picked up their record fifth trophy of the year and captain Javier Zanetti wore a Walter Samuel jersey during the celebrations as a toast to the defender whose season was cut short with an injury.

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