Barcelona defeats Estudiantes, wins FIFA Club World Cup

Barcelona defeats Estudiantes, wins FIFA Club World Cup

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Barcelona defeats Estudiantes, wins FIFA Club World Cup

Lionel Messi 1 (Reuters)

by FRANCO PANIZO

Barcelona suffered a little more than it would have liked in the FIFA Club World Cup final, but the Spanish club finished a dream year with another piece of hardware to add to its already crowded cabinet.

Barcelona came back from a one-goal deficit to dispose of Estudiantes, 2-1,on Saturday. A first half strike from Mauro Boselli gave the underdogs the lead, but Barcelona would equalize two minutes from time courtesy of a goal from substitute Pedro.

The goal pushed the game into extra time, and with penalties looming, Lionel Messi chested a Xavi cross into the back of the net for the game-winner in the 110th minute.

The Club World Cup victory capped off a remarkable year for the Spanish giants, who won six pieces of hardware in 2009. Barcelona also won the Spanish league, Champions League, Copa del Rey, and the European and Spanish Super Cup titles.

Messi's game-winning goal can be seen after the jump:

What did you think of Barcelona's FIFA Club World Cup win? Surprised Barcelona was pushed to the limit by Estudiantes? Were you hoping for the upset? Consider Messi the world's best player?

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