Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez power Barcelona to a third FIFA Club World Cup title. The Catalans beat River Plate. That means that Barcelona will end the 2015 calendar year with four trophies.
For a a record third time, Barcelona have won the FIFA Club World Cup, beating Copa Libertadores winner River Plate 3-0 of Argentina in the final on Sunday in Kozukue, Japan.
Lionel Messi returned after a kidney stone problem to net a stellar opening goal in the first half. Luis Suarez added a brace in the second half, setting a new tournament record with five goals in two matches.
"We came here to win the title and it was important to get the job done," said Suarez, who won the player of the tournament and golden boot awards. "Leo's goal opened up the game and in the second half we controlled things and had more chances."
Neymar was part of the action as well, setting up Messi's goal in the first half while picking out Suarez in the second half. Messi, Suarez, and Neymar have combined for 52 goals in all competitions at the halfway point in Barcelona's domestic season.
Barcelona will now end 2015 with four trophies. They will end 2015 with one more match against Real Betis in La Liga.
dv / (AFPE, Reuters)