Inter Milan: The Perfect End To The Year

Inter Milan won the Club World Cup 2010 on Saturday, defeating TP Mazembe 3-0 to end the surprising run of the African champion. Inter, the European champions, won its fifth title of the year and second for coach Rafa Benitez. In the earlier third-place match, Internacional beat Seongnam Ilhwa of South Korea 4-2.

Inter jumped to a 2-0 lead on goals by Goran Pandev in the 13th minute and Samuel Eto'o in the 17th. Eto'o, the player of the tournament, has 19 goals in 23 games for Inter. This was his first since Nov. 21. Joseph Biabiany completed the scoring in the 85th minute. Inter captured its third world club title following success in 1964 and 1965. It added to this year's sweep of the Italian league cup and Champions League under Jose Mourinho, plus the Italian Supercup at the start of this season.

Mazembe defeated Copa Libertadores champion Internacional of Brazil in the semifinals. The team from Congo looked rattled in the first half and didn't settle into the game until the final 20 minutes when striker Dioko Kaluuyituka had several chances. Inter could have scored even more goals in the first half if not for the play of Mazembe goalkeeper Muteba Kidiaba, who twice denied striker Diego Milito at close range.

The African club was unable to break down the Inter defense and several players became visibly frustrated, picking up yellow cards. In one instance, Amia Ekanga clearly dived in the penalty area in an attempt to get a penalty kick, then jumped up and ran straight into an Inter player. He fell to the ground clutching his face, a show that drew the team's third yellow card of the half.

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