• Barcelona v Al-Sadd, FIFA Club World Cup

Barcelona win marred by Villa leg break

ESPN staff
December 15, 2011
Adriano scored twice as Barcelona eased through © Getty Images

Neymar and Lionel Messi will lock horns on Sunday after Barcelona cruised into the FIFA Club World Cup final with a 4-0 win over Al-Sadd - but the result was overshadowed by a serious injury to David Villa.

With Santos easing into the final 24 hours earlier, the scene has been set for the world's best player in Messi to face off against arguably one of the biggest pretenders to his crown.

Al-Sadd were never likely to pose much of a threat to Barca but to their credit they frustrated the Spanish titans for 25 minutes. And they were the architects of their own downfall, as keeper Mohamed Saqr and defender Nadir Belhadj got in an awful tangle when attempting to deal with a cross from Pedro, allowing Adriano to steal in and bundle the ball over the line.

Adriano added a second goal, but only after Barcelona's under-pressure centre forward Villa was dealt a crushing blow on 39 minutes when he broke a leg after falling awkwardly in the box. He was stretchered off and news swiftly followed that he had fractured his left tibia.

The second goal from Adriano also had a touch of comedy about it, as a poor clearance from keeper Mohamed put his team under pressure. Adriano collected a pass from Thiago and curled a shot towards goal that the keeper made a complete mess of and allowed it to slip under his body.

Mohamed improved after the break and made a fine save to keep out a free kick from Lionel Messi, but he could do nothing to prevent Seydou Keita from making it three after he had been set away by Messi.

Maxwell added some gloss to the scoreline, but it again owed much to a gaffe from Mohamed who chose to expose his near post and allowed a low shot to squirt through his legs.

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