FIFA Club World Cup Morocco 2013

FIFA Club World Cup Morocco 2013

11 December - 21 December

FIFA Club World Cup 2013

Atletico finish third in last-gasp fashion

Winning goalscorer Luan with Pierre of Atletico Mineiro
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Clube Atletico Mineiro finished third place at the FIFA Club World Cup Morocco after Luan's stoppage-time winner against Guangzhou Evergrande at Marrakech Stadium.

The South American champions needed only two minutes to get on the scoresheet when Marcos Rocha crossed an early ball to find Diego Tardelli on top of the six-yard box who volleyed into the net. 

Guangzhou responded just seven minutes later after Elkeson won the ball in midfield before shooting an initial shot off the crossbar when Lin Gao reacted quickest to pass back for Muriqui to tap in from short distance. 

The chances came thick and fast as Atletico's Fernandinho missed a shot just over the crossbar in the 11th minute before Jo had a volley saved by Guangzhou goalkeeper Shuai Li one minute later. 

In the 15th minute Guangzhou sprung in front of their Brazilian opponents after Atletico defender Lucas pulled down Lin Gao inside the penalty box, and Dario Conca, who was playing his last match for the AFC Champions, converted the spot kick. 

Guangzhou almost took a two-goal lead in the 19th minute when Xiang Sun crossed from the left wing for Elkeson who headed the ball onto Victor's crossbar only to be ruled offside. 

Two minutes later Tardelli attempted a 40-metre shot after a long solo run but 'keeper Li saved easily. 

After Conca had a dangerous free-kick parried away by Victor, the match settled down with neither side creating significant chances.

Ronaldinho nearly scored another trademark free-kick in the 37th minute, but Li dove to his right to save and keep his side in the lead.

In the 41st minute Muriqui controlled a deflected ball inside the box, shook off a defender only to be denied by Victor who rushed off his line to keep Guangzhou at bay. 

Atletico would have the last word of the half when Ronaldinho took advantage of his second free-kick opportunity from just 22 metres out, curling his shot into the right corner to level the score 2-2 going into the dressing rooms at half.

The defensive side of the game was strengthened for both clubs in the second half as neither team seemed to be able to break the deadlock. 

Atletico came close in the 51st when Rever headed a Ronaldinho corner kick against the post.

Guangzhou had one of their best chances in the 56th minute when Atletico failed to clear their lines properly, giving Conca a serious goalscoring opportunity only for the Brazliian to drive his shot over the crossbar from eight metres out. 

Immediately following his shot, Conca then slotted Muriqui through on goal only for Victor to save. 

Guangzhou wrapped up their series of goal threats when Elkeson headed a corner kick off the crossbar for the second time in the match. 

Ronaldinho had a shot blocked on the goalline in the 70th minute by Korea Republic international Kim Younggwon. 

The former Barcelona man would eventually be sent off for a retaliating kick-out at Guangzhou's Xuri Zhao in the 87th minute. 

The match looked to be heading straight to penalties only for Diego Tardelli to exploit a gapping whole in Guangzhou's backline, sending Luan through on goal to finish past Li in stoppage time and claim third place for Atletico. 

Atletico become the second Brazilian team to finish in third place at the Club World Cup after Internacional had the same finish in 2010.

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