Tuesday, December 14, 2010

TP Mazembe Defeat Internacional To Reach World Club Cup Final

While the World Club Cup rolls around every year, and many think that it's just a couple of friendlies for the European and South American champions, thats not how FIFA's tournament has panned out this season.

The first semi-final between TP Mazembe and Internacional took place today, and it was quite a shock result with the African champions winning 2-0 against the Brazilian team.

Internacional had been the better side in the first half, creating plenty of opportunities which were either not finished well, or saved by Mazembe's keeper Kidiaba. But the second half was different, and the South American champions will rue their missed chances. TP Mazembe scored twice in the second half, with Kabungu netting a precise, curling, side-foot volley. Then came the killer goal came five minutes from the end from Kalutiyuka. Kalutiyuka had already assisted Kabungu's goal, and this time he went for the net himself, cutting in from the left wing and scoring with a pinpoint low-corner shot at the near post.

This truly shock result highlights two different things, the first being that it is the first time an African side has reached the World Club Cup final, and the second being that it's the first time a European and a South American side won't face each other in the final.

But there could be more shock results to come, European Champions - and favorites to win this competition - Inter Milan will be playing against the Asian Champions Seongnam Ilhwa. Inter Milan hasn't been playing well recently, and if the Asian side knocked Rafa Benitez's side out of the tournament, it would truly be a historic event.

Here are the goals below of the TP Mazembe - Internacional semi-final. Remember to watch the match tomorrow between Seongnam Ilhwa and Inter Milan!

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