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Barça undone by Internacional

Published: Sunday 17 December 2006, 11.42CET
Adriano fired a dramatic 82nd-minute winner as Brazil's SC Internacional de Porto Alegre stunned FC Barcelona 1-0 to win the FIFA Club World Cup.

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Published: Sunday 17 December 2006, 11.42CET

Barça undone by Internacional

Adriano fired a dramatic 82nd-minute winner as Brazil's SC Internacional de Porto Alegre stunned FC Barcelona 1-0 to win the FIFA Club World Cup.
Substitute Adriano fired a dramatic 82nd-minute winner as Brazil's SC Internacional de Porto Alegre stunned FC Barcelona 1-0 to win the FIFA Club World Cup on Sunday.

Barça domination
UEFA Champions League winners Barcelona had totally dominated in front of 67,000 fans in Yokohama until Adriano latched on to Iarley's clever ball to poke the ball past goalkeeper Víctor Valdés. Deco forced a superb save from Inter goalkeeper Clemer moments later and Ronaldinho shaved the post with a free-kick from 25 metres in the 85th minute as Barça tried to respond.

'Over the moon'
Barcelona struggled to reproduce the same form that they showed in their 4-0 demolition of Mexico's Club América 4-0 in the semi-finals. But Internacional, who scraped past Egypt's Al Ahli SC 2-1 in their semi-final, rarely threatened and Adriano's breakaway winner was a bolt from the blue from the Copa Libertadores holders. "I'm over the moon," said Adriano. "It's great to beat Barcelona. We were under a lot of pressure in the first half but we got better as the game went on."

Ronaldinho chance
Ronaldinho squandered Barcelona's best chance of the first half, blasting into the side-netting after goalkeeper Clemer had spilled Deco's long-range shot in the 19th minute. Substitute Xavi Hernández forced a sharp save from Clemer in the 74th minute after a clever flick from Deco but Frank Rijkaard's side failed to add the finishing touch to their slick build-up play. Deco was voted player of the tournament but it was scant consolation for the Spanish outfit.

Last updated: 18/12/06 10.36CET

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