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Liverpool Beat Flamengo To Win Club World Cup

Firmino was picked out by Sadio Mane and waited for goalkeeper Diego Alves to commit earlier than slotting low into the web within the 99th minute of an absorbing contest on the Khalifa International Stadium.

It was the second that lastly punctured the hopes of the Brazilian aspect and their vibrant help, after Liverpool had been denied a penalty by VAR on the finish of regular time.

The Qatari referee initially gave a spot-kick for a foul on Mane by Rafinha on the way in which into the field, however modified his thoughts following a prolonged assessment, forcing the competition into an additional half-hour.

Still, the European champions had sufficient to return out on high, with Firmino repeating his semi-final heroics, when he scored an injury-time objective to safe victory towards Monterrey of Mexico.

The win permits Liverpool to finish a wonderful yr with a 3rd piece of silverware to go along with the Champions League and UEFA Supercup.

Having earned the title of world champions, if Klopp’s group can see out their enormous lead on the high of the Premier League this season, they’ll have a case to be remembered because the best aspect within the illustrious historical past of the membership.

Flamengo had been hoping to repeat their win over Liverpool within the outdated Intercontinental Cup again in 1981 and thereby turn out to be the primary non-European winners of the Club World Cup since fellow Brazilians Corinthians beat Chelsea in 2012.

They fell brief, however they definitely gave the Premier League leaders a recreation in what was their final outing of a protracted season.

– Van Dijk again, Firmino hits put up –

Klopp had welcomed again Virgil van Dijk after the inspirational Dutchman sat out Wednesday’s semi-final as a consequence of sickness.

That allowed skipper Jordan Henderson to return to his normal midfield berth, whereas Firmino, Mane and Trent Alexander-Arnold have been all recalled after beginning on the bench towards the Mexicans.

Firmino, Naby Keita and Alexander-Arnold all got here shut for Liverpool within the first six minutes as they got here flying out of the traps.

Liverpool’s Brazilian midfielder Roberto Firmino (R) shoots to attain in the course of the 2019 FIFA Club World Cup Final soccer match between England’s Liverpool and Brazil’s Flamengo on the Khalifa International Stadium within the Qatari capital Doha on December 21, 2019. Giuseppe CACACE / AFP

 

Fielding the identical group that began their semi-final win over Al Hilal, the Brazilian and South American champions regularly settled into the sport, spurred on by their raucous travelling help.

Bruno Henrique, the star of their semi-final victory, had their greatest alternative within the first half, coming inside from the left to fulfill a protracted ball ahead by goalkeeper Alves earlier than seeing his shot deflected previous.

The Rio giants, with veteran Portuguese coach Jorge Jesus on the touchline, matched the European champions for a lot of the primary half however have been fortunate to not fall behind at first of the second interval.

Less than two minutes after the restart, Firmino managed Henderson’s ball ahead and despatched a shot off the within of the put up earlier than seeing it rebound away.

However, Liverpool additionally wanted goalkeeper Alisson to return to the rescue with a effective cease from a Gabriel Barbosa strike, and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain then went off injured as additional time started to loom.

Then Alves stretched excessive to his left to tip a net-bound Henderson shot from 25 yards over the bar earlier than, with the match in damage time, the English aspect thought they’d a penalty for Rafinha’s deal with on Mane.

However, referee Abdulrahman Al Jassim dramatically cancelled the choice after coming throughout to assessment the footage on a pitchside monitor.

Liverpool lastly discovered a means via 9 minutes into the primary half of additional time although, with Mane discovering Firmino after being pushed vast of objective by Rafinha.

Firmino made no mistake, and Flamengo have been unable to reply.

AFP

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