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TP Mazembe suffer Club World Cup final defeat

Inter's Samuel Eto'o celebrates his goal
Eto'o's goal was his 19th in 23 games for Inter

DR Congo side TP Mazembe failed in their attempt to win the Club World Cup on Saturday after a 3-0 defeat at the hands of Inter Milan in final.

Goals from Goran Pandev and Samuel Eto'o and a late strike by substitute Jonathan Biabiany sealed the win.

The win was Inter's third world title after they won the former Intercontinental Cup in 1964 and 1965.

Mazembe were hoping to become the first African side to win the tournament but the Italians were too strong.

Mazembe had already made history by becoming the first African team to reach the final after a 2-0 upset win over Copa Libertadores champions Internacional of Brazil in the semi-finals, the biggest surprise in the 10-year history of the event.

But wily Inter proved a bridge too far as the experienced Italians struck early and then soaked up what limited and sporadic pressure the African champions were able to produce thereafter.

The European champions jumped out to an early 2-0 lead after Cameroon striker Eto'o chipped a pass to forward Goran Pandev who opened the scoring in the 13th minute.

Eto'o added the second himself four minutes later when he picked up a loose ball in the area and slotted it home.

It was his 19th goal in 23 games for Inter.

Mazembe didn't settle into the game until the final 20 minutes, when striker Dioko Kaluyituka had several chances.

However, Inter's Joseph Biabiany put the match away with a goal in the 85th.



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see also
Inter reach Club World Cup final
16 Dec 10 |  Europe
Africa's TP Mazembe make history
14 Dec 10 |  African
Inter slump to defeat at Bremen
07 Dec 10 |  Europe


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