|Club World Cup 2006|
Barcelona 4 - América 0
Víctor Valdés; Zambrotta, Márquez, Puyol, Van
Bronckhorst; Deco, Motta (Xavi 60'), Iniesta; Giuly (Belletti 74'), Gudjohnsen
(Ezquerro 66'), Ronaldinho. 4-3-3.
Barcelona cruised through to the final of the Club World Cup after a 4-0 win over América de México. All concerns about jet-lag following the long trip to Japan were dissipated when Gudjohnsen finished off a team passing move involving Iniesta, Deco and a clever Ronaldinho back heel in the tenth minute. And Márquez headed home Deco's corner for the second on the half hour mark, the Mexican defender clearly delighted to have scored against his old rivals.
There was some concern before the match about the presence of Piojo López in the Mexican line up, the man known as Van Gaal's nightmare, but the ex Valencia striker only troubled Valdés defence once early on with a possible penalty claim which Colombian referee Oscar Ruiz turned down.
A brilliant Ronaldinho made it three after the restart, curling a shot into the top corner of the net after Giuly's shot was blocked, and then set up Deco for the fourth, laying the ball back for the Portuguese midfielder to bend a shot inside the post. But the best was yet to come, Ronaldinho delighting the crowd again with a magical run which finished with a chip against the crossbar in the closing minutes. Frank Rijkaard's side will play Internacional de Porto Alegre in Sunday's final.