Santos reaches Club World Cup final

Updated: December 14, 2011, 10:36 AM ET
Associated Press

TOYOTA, Japan -- South American champion Santos beat Japan's Kashiwa Reysol 3-1 Wednesday night in the semifinals of the FIFA Club World Cup, setting up a possible showdown in the final between Barcelona star Lionel Messi and Brazilian teenager Neymar.

Barcelona, the 2009 world champion, plays Qatar's Al-Sadd on Thursday at Yokohama, the site of Sunday's final.

The 19-year-old Neymar put Santos ahead in the 19th minute after taking a pass from Paulo Henrique Ganso. While marked by a pair of defenders, Neymar moved to his right, switched the ball to his left foot and scored from 20 yards.

Borges doubled the lead five minutes later for Pele's old club, beating diving goalkeeper Takanori Sugeno from the edge of the 18-yard box.

Hiroki Sakai pulled Kashiwa to 2-1 in the 54th with a header off Jorge Wagner's corner kick, but Danilo restored the two-goal margin when he scored on a 25-yard free kick in the 63rd.

Mexico's Monterrey, the CONCACAF champion, rallied past Tunisia's Esperance Sportive 3-2 in the fifth-place game. After falling behind, Monterrey took a 3-1 lead on goals by Hiram Mier in the 39th, Aldo De Nigris in the 44th and Jesus Zavala in the 47th.

Yannick Ndjeng scored in the 31st for Esperance and Khaled Mouelhi converted a penalty kick in the 75th.


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