Inter in Club World Cup final
European champions Inter Milan overcame the early injury of Wesley Sneijder to book their place in the Club World Cup final with a 3-0 win over Seongnam of South Korea on Wednesday.sports Updated: Dec 17, 2010 01:20 IST
European champions Inter Milan overcame the early injury of Wesley Sneijder to book their place in the Club World Cup final with a 3-0 win over Seongnam of South Korea on Wednesday.
Inter will meet surprise packages TP Mazembe of DR Congo on Saturday after the African champions upset Internacional of Brazil 2-0 to become the first team from outside Europe or South America to reach the final.
Dutch midfielder Sneijder pulled a thigh muscle when tackled in the second minute and was replaced by Thiago Motta in the fourth.
“To lose Sneijder early was not easy. We had to readjust," coach Rafael Benitez told reporters. "He has a pulled muscle, It's unlikely he'll get to the final."
However, a third-minute goal by midfielder Dejan Stankovic settled Inter into a counter-attacking game.
Samuel Eto'o crossed low from the left and defender Cho Byung-kuk, trying to stop Diego Milito from taking the ball, pushed it into the path of Stankovic who fired into the net.
Captain Javier Zanetti scored a fine second goal just past the half hour, racing into the box and taking a return backheeled pass from Milito to fire home.
The third came from Milito in the 73rd. Eto'o shot from the left, goalkeeper Jung Sung-ryong parried and the Argentina striker controlled with his chest and knocked the ball in as Seongnam called in vain for handball.
Blackburn not in crisis: Chairman
London: Blackburn Rovers chairman John Williams has denied that the Premier League club are in crisis following the shock dismissal of manager Sam Allardyce.
Williams also asked fans and shareholders for solidarity after Monday’s decision which was described by Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson as "absolutely ridiculous" and had fans and pundits scratching their heads in bewilderment.
“We are not in crisis — in fact, we are well placed in the table,” Williams said in a statement.
“But we know only too well how tight the Premier League is this year and we are about to embark on a spell of six major first-team fixtures in three weeks.”
Rovers are 13th, only five points off the top six after winning four of their last seven Premier League games.
Mancini to hold talks with Tevez
Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini will hold talks with unsettled striker Carlos Tevez on Friday and said he hoped the Argentine would stay at the club despite handing in a transfer request.
The 26-year-old City captain has not travelled with the team to play Juventus in the Europa League on Thursday but has been training with the rest of the squad not required in Italy.
First Published: Dec 17, 2010 01:16 IST