Club World Cup
Barcelona3Guangzhou Evergrande0

Barcelona 3-0 Guangzhou Evergrande

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Suarez hat-trick sends Barcelona to final

Luis Suarez scored a hat-trick in the absence of injured duo Lionel Messi and Neymar as Barcelona sealed a place in Sunday's Fifa Club World Cup final.

Suarez put Barca ahead after Guangzhou keeper Li Shuai parried Ivan Rakitic's long-range shot.

The former Liverpool striker doubled the lead with a sublime angled volley following Andres Iniesta's lofted pass.

Suarez completed his hat-trick with a penalty after Munir El Haddadi was fouled by Huang Bowen.

Barcelona will face Argentina's River Plate in the final and victory for Luis Enrique's side will ensure they end 2015 with a fifth trophy.

Having won La Liga and the Champions League, Barcelona have also added the Copa del Rey and Uefa Super Cup.

Barcelona, winners in 2009 and 2011, are seeking to become the first club to lift the Club World Cup three times
Barcelona, winners in 2009 and 2011, are seeking to become the first club to lift the trophy three times.

Argentina international Messi is facing a battle to make Sunday's final in Yokohama.

He was expected to play against Guangzhou but was diagnosed Thursday morning with renal colic, a type of abdominal pain commonly attributed to kidney stones.

His availability for the final will "depend on the outcome of further medical tests," a Barcelona statement said.

Fellow forward Neymar missed the semi-final in Yokohama due to a groin problem but is hoping to play on Sunday.

What they said:

Barcelona boss Luis Enrique on Luis Suarez: "Luis is a penalty area assassin, a killer, capable of resolving any situation that crops up in the area.

"If we also consider the pressure he puts on defenders by closing them down and the way he encourages the others, then he is indispensable."

On whether Messi or Neymar could play on Sunday: "I really don't know if they will be available but the important thing is we have the resources [to break down the defence].

"We took this very seriously, we were very efficient and made almost no mistakes."

Barcelona will meet Arsenal in the last 16 of the Champions League
Barcelona will meet Arsenal in the last 16 of the Champions League
Former Chelsea and Brazil boss Luiz Felipe Scolari is the manager of Chinese Super League champions Guangzhou Evergrande
Former Chelsea and Brazil boss Luiz Felipe Scolari (left) is the manager of Chinese Super League champions Guangzhou Evergrande

Line-ups

Barcelona

  • 13Bravo
  • 6Alves da Silva
  • 3Piqué
  • 14Mascherano
  • 18AlbaSubstituted forCorreiaat 76'minutes
  • 4Rakitic
  • 5Busquets
  • 17El Haddadi
  • 20Roberto CarnicerSubstituted forRamírezat 72'minutes
  • 8IniestaSubstituted forSamperat 81'minutes
  • 9Suárez

Substitutes

  • 1ter Stegen
  • 11Neymar
  • 15Bartra
  • 19Ramírez
  • 21Correia
  • 23Vermaelen
  • 24Mathieu
  • 25Masip
  • 26Samper
  • 28Gumbau

Guangzhou Evergrande

  • 22Li
  • 5Zhang
  • 6FengBooked at 16mins
  • 28Kim Young-Gwon
  • 25ZouSubstituted forLiat 35'minutes
  • 8Paulinho
  • 10Zheng
  • 16Huang
  • 11Goulart Pereira
  • 27ZhengSubstituted forYuat 56'minutes
  • 9CardosoSubstituted forGaoat 67'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Mei
  • 7Borges de Carvalho
  • 12Wang
  • 13Fang
  • 17Liu
  • 19Zeng
  • 20Yu
  • 21Zhao
  • 29Gao
  • 33Rong
  • 35Li
  • 56de Souza
Referee:
Joel Aguilar
Attendance:
63,870

Match Stats

Home TeamBarcelonaAway TeamGuangzhou Evergrande
Possession
Home76%
Away24%
Shots
Home16
Away3
Shots on Target
Home5
Away1
Corners
Home4
Away3
Fouls
Home16
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Barcelona 3, Guangzhou Evergrande 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Barcelona 3, Guangzhou Evergrande 0.

Hand ball by Munir El Haddadi (Barcelona).

Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Zhang Linpeng.

Foul by Dani Alves (Barcelona).

Li Xuepeng (Guangzhou Evergrande) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Munir El Haddadi (Barcelona) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Adriano with a cross.

Munir El Haddadi (Barcelona) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Li Xuepeng (Guangzhou Evergrande).

Offside, Guangzhou Evergrande. Feng Xiaoting tries a through ball, but Gao Lin is caught offside.

Foul by Munir El Haddadi (Barcelona).

Zheng Zhi (Guangzhou Evergrande) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Sandro Ramírez (Barcelona) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Sergi Samper.

Ivan Rakitic (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Paulinho (Guangzhou Evergrande).

Attempt missed. Sergio Busquets (Barcelona) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Ivan Rakitic following a corner.

Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Kim Young-gwon.

Attempt blocked. Luis Suárez (Barcelona) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ivan Rakitic with a cross.

Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Zhang Linpeng.

Attempt blocked. Sandro Ramírez (Barcelona) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Sergi Samper.

Substitution

Substitution, Barcelona. Sergi Samper replaces Andrés Iniesta.

Offside, Barcelona. Adriano tries a through ball, but Sandro Ramírez is caught offside.

Foul by Munir El Haddadi (Barcelona).

Li Xuepeng (Guangzhou Evergrande) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Dangerous play by Sergio Busquets (Barcelona).

Huang Bowen (Guangzhou Evergrande) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Barcelona. Adriano replaces Jordi Alba.

Substitution

Substitution, Barcelona. Sandro Ramírez replaces Sergi Roberto.

Attempt missed. Munir El Haddadi (Barcelona) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Luis Suárez.

Offside, Barcelona. Gerard Piqué tries a through ball, but Luis Suárez is caught offside.

Offside, Guangzhou Evergrande. Li Shuai tries a through ball, but Gao Lin is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Guangzhou Evergrande. Gao Lin replaces Elkeson.

Goal!

Goal! Barcelona 3, Guangzhou Evergrande 0. Luis Suárez (Barcelona) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

Penalty Barcelona. Munir El Haddadi draws a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty conceded by Huang Bowen (Guangzhou Evergrande) after a foul in the penalty area.

Attempt missed. Ivan Rakitic (Barcelona) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Sergio Busquets.

Foul by Munir El Haddadi (Barcelona).

Zheng Zhi (Guangzhou Evergrande) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Guangzhou Evergrande. Yu Hanchao replaces Zheng Long.

Attempt missed. Andrés Iniesta (Barcelona) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Sergio Busquets.

goal