By Four Four Two

River Plate reached the final of the Club World Cup after Lucas Alario earned them a 1-0 win over Sanfrecce Hiroshima.

Lucas Alario netted the only goal of the game to help River Plate to the final of the Club World Cup at the expense of Sanfrecce Hiroshima in Osaka on Wednesday.

The 23-year-old broke the deadlock after 72 minutes following some unconvincing goalkeeping from Takuto Hayashi to set up a meeting with Barcelona or Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao in Sunday's showpiece.

Sanfrecce carved out the better chances in the opening 45 minutes, with Yusuke Minagawa in particular causing... (Read More)

By Four Four Two

Barcelona will come up against Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao in the semi-finals of the Club World Cup.

Barcelona forward Lionel Messi said there was the possibility that he could have been a River Plate player when he was younger.

Messi is in Japan as Barcelona prepare to face Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao in the semi-finals of the Club World Cup.

Barca are favourites to go through to the final, where they could face South American champions River Plate.

And Messi admitted he could have been on the books of River as a youngster after... (Read More)

By Centre Daily

Before a possible match against Barcelona in the Club World Cup final, River Plate must get past the locals.

The Copa Libertadores champions will take on Sanfrecce Hiroshima in the semifinals on Wednesday, a team that has already won two games in the competition without conceding a goal.

"They are the best team in Japan," River Plate coach Marcelo Gallardo said Tuesday. "They are very good at controlling the ball, they play at a high quality and are extremely resilient."

Sanfrecce, bidding to become the first Asian team to reach the final, beat Oceania representative Auckland City 2-0 on Thursday before a 3-0 victory over African champion TP Mazembe on Sunday.

River Plate, which won the tournament in 1986 when it was known the Intercontinental Cup, was in Japan in August when... (Read More)

By Sky Sports

Argentina earned their first World Cup qualifying win as Lucas Biglia's first-half strike secured a 1-0 victory over Colombia.

It was only Argentina's second goal in four games, but the result moves them up to fourth and back into contention in the fledgling campaign after a disappointing start.

Colombia, meanwhile, remain just outside the qualifying berths after suffering their second defeat in the opening four games.

Gonzalo Higuain returned to bolster an Argentina side that was a lowly ninth in the standings going into the clash in Barranquilla.

But Colombia, who had an extra day to prepare, seized the early initiative and threatened to... (Read More)

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