Sparkling Neymar fires Catalans into Copa’s round of 16
Neymar scored his sixth goal in seven days to cap Barcelona’s 3-0 win over Cartagena on Tuesday as it advanced in the Copa del Rey on a 7-1 aggregate score.Updated: Dec 19, 2013 01:22 IST
Neymar scored his sixth goal in seven days to cap Barcelona’s 3-0 win over Cartagena on Tuesday as it advanced in the Copa del Rey on a 7-1 aggregate score.
With the round-of-32 matchup practically decided after Barcelona’s 4-1 victory in the first leg, the match lacked pace at the start and Cartagena’s Diego Segura almost snatched a goal for the third-division side when he curled a free kick off the upright in the 28th minute.
But three minutes later Pedro Rodriguez scored his third goal of the series before Cristian Tello’s deflected shot sneaked inside the post in the 68th.
Neymar rose over his marker to head home Andres Iniesta’s cross in the 88th and record his first goal in the competition. The Brazil striker scored a hat trick against Celtic last week and he netted twice against Villarreal over the weekend.
Barcelona captain Carles Puyol played his first game at Camp Nou in nine months after being sidelined by injuries.
“It’s always important to play well at home and we made sure to finish off the tie,” Pedro said.
Barcelona will next face Getafe after it brushed aside second-division Girona 4-1 to go through 5-2 on aggregate.
Bayern cruise into Club World Cup final
Bayern Munich closed in on its fifth trophy of 2013 by brushing aside Guangzhou Evergrande 3-0 Tuesday to reach the Club World Cup final.
Franck Ribery and Mario Mandzukic scored first-half goals to break open the Asian champion’s disciplined defense, and the Germans never relented as Mario Goetze added the third in the second half. “We dominated the game,” said Bayern coach Pep Guardiola, who won two Club World Cup titles with Barcelona. “And when that happens the opponent can’t (play) his game.”
The Champions League winners will face either Atletico Mineiro of Brazil or Moroccan champion Raja Casablanca in Saturday’s final. Atletico, led by Ronaldinho, play the local favorite in Marrakech on Wednesday. Bayern is bidding to win its first Club World Cup after having twice won the tournament when it was the Intercontinental Cup.
First Published: Dec 19, 2013 01:20 IST