Final score

15 December 2010 18:00

0 - 3
28' (2nd half) Milito
32' Zanetti
3' Stankovic
Referee: Roberto Moreno / Linesmen: Williamson, Leal / Fourth official: Carillo
Minute Text commentary
47' And that's the last action of the first half. The Nerazzurri head into the dressing room two goals to the good.
47' Molina's effort curls just beyond Julio Cesar's right-hand post.
45' The referee signals 2 minutes of injury time. Seongnam have another freekick in a dangerous position on the edge of the box...
42' Seongnam freekick taken 35 yards out. Cho latches onto Molina's ball and his header goes a whisker wide of the post.
36' Julio Cesar pushes Radoncic's header over the bar.
34' Molina takes a freekick. The ball goes behind.
32' 2-0! Superb goal from Inter. Zanetti feeds Milito on the right-hand side of the box. The Argentinian completes the one-two with a delightful back heel and captain Zanetti flicks the ball into the far corner.
31' Another challenge, another lump kicked out of an Inter player... This time it's the captain Ognenovski who floors Stankovic. The referee finally decides to take action and show a yellow.
28' Julio Cesar leaps high and plucks the ball away from Molina.
23' Yet another rough challenge by Radoncic as he leaps with Cordoba, the Colombian staying on the deck for a bit longer than you'd expect.
17' Molina has a powerful shot from long range; his effort goes wide.
16' Pandev shoots left-footed but Jung is equal to it.
8' The South Koreans seem to be trying to kick Inter off the pitch. Another rough challenge from behind by Radoncic takes out Lucio, but he's ok to continue.
4' In the meantime Thiago Motta has replaced Sneijder following the Dutchman's injury.
3' 1-0 INTER! Eto'o plays a through ball for Milito, who finds Stankovic approaching the edge of the box. He controls well and places the ball beyond Jung into the far right corner.
2' Sneijder goes down under a challenge from Kim Sung. He's in pain and has to leave the pitch.
1' Welcome to the Zayed Sports City Stadium for the semi-final between Seongnam and Inter - the Nerazzurri's opening game in the FIFA World Cup 2010.
1' Inter kick off and we're away!
Minute Text commentary
48' The games ends. The Nerazzurri have beaten Seongnam 3-0 and thus reach the FIFA Club World Cup 2010 final, where they will meet Mazembe.
45' There will be 3 minutes of added time.
42' Seongnam replace number 10 Radoncic with number 20 Kim.
34' Inter's final substitution: Santon replaces Chivu.
31' Benitez takes off Milito and brings on Muntari.
30' Seongnam close: Julio Cesar blocks Ognenovski's freekick and Radoncic is first to react but he somehow fires wide from just yards out.
28' Stankovic plays the ball to Eto'o, whose low cross-shot is pushed out by Jung but only as far as Milito. The Argentinian manages to find his feet and fire home from close range.
23' Double change for Seongnam: Song for Choi and Cheon for Jo.
21' Inter fluff their lines in defence and Jo seizes the opportunity to fire goalwards. Fortunately his effort flies just over the bar.
16' Pandev finds Stankovic with a through ball. He tries to play Eto'o through but Ko cuts out the danger.
10' A Korean corner is met by the rising Ognenovski, whose effort is off target.
7' The eleventh foul of the game by the South Koreans, and Lucio is once again the victim.
6' Cambiasso sets up Pandev, who chests the ball and hits a powerful effort. Wide.
3' Eto'o's pass is touched on by Stankovic to Milito, who scuffs his shot somewhat and Jung is able to tidy up.
2' A long ball forward for Choi is controlled and struck well but the ball misses the target.
1' The second half is under way.
Julio Cesar
Average rating 7.39
3 shots on target 6
13 shots off target 1
21 fouls committed 13
5 corners 4
1 offsides 5
47% ball possession 53%
First head to head between the coaches

This is the first meeting in competitive matches between Rafa Benitez and Shin Tae Yong.

First clash between Seongnam and Inter

This is the first competitive match between the two sides.

Seongnam's first encounter with Italian football

Seongnam face Italian opposition for the first time in a competitive match.

Thirty-eight teams have taken part. Mexican sides involved most often

Including the teams involved this year, thirty-eight different clubs have taken part in the FIFA Club World Cup at least once. The country that has been represented most often is Mexico (6 times), followed by Brazil (5) and New Zealand (4). The two clubs with the most appearances (3) are Al Ahly from Egypt and Mexican team Pachuca, who have already been eliminated this year and will play for fifth place on 15 December.

Three wins apiece for Europe and South America

The six previous editions of the Club World Cup have seen Europe and South America share the spoils with three wins each. No other continent has had a team as world champions. South American teams (all Brazilian) won in 2000, 2005 and 2006, while Europe's three victories came in 2007, 2008 and 2009 (Italy, England and Spain). So far four finals have been decided in the 90 minutes, one in extra time and one after penalties.

Club World Cup (current format): first time for Inter, second for Benitez

The Nerazzurri are making their first appearance at the Club World Cup in its current format, though they took part in the Intercontinental Cup on two occasions, winning both times. In 1964 they got the better of Independiente: they lost the first game in Buenos Aires 0-1 and won the second in Milan 2-0 so the tie went to a play-off in Madrid, which Inter won 1-0 after extra time. In the 1965 final Inter faced Independiente once more, winning the first game 3-0 in Milan before holding out for a 0-0 draw in Argentina. Rafa Benitez is involved in the Club World Cup for the second time having coached Liverpool in 2005: the Reds beat Costa Rican side Deportivo Saprissa 3-0 in the semi-final but were then beaten 0-1 in the final by Sao Paulo.

15 December a good omen for Benitez

The semi-final between Liverpool and Deportivo Saprissa (3-0), which qualified Benitez's side for the 2005 final, was also played on 15 December. Peter Crouch was the hero that night as he netted a brace (3 and 58) while Gerrard got the other goal (32).

South Koreans: World Cup losers on 15 December

If 15 December is a lucky date for Rafa Benitez, then the opposite is true for South Korean teams: in 2009 Pohang Steelers lost their semi-final match against Estudiantes 1-2. Leandro Benitez scored two for the Argentinians (45 and 53) with the South Koreans' consolation coming from Denilson (71).

Seongnam the third South Korean side at the Club World Cup

Soengnam are the third South Korean club to have reached the Club World Cup. The first was Hyandai in 2006, who lost their quarter-final against Mexican outfit America before beating Auckland City 3-0 to win the match for fifth place. In 2009 Pohang Steelers overcame TP Mazembe 2-1 in the quarter-final, lost to Estudiantes 1-2 in the semi-final and then beat Atlante 4-3 on penalties in the third-place play-off after the game ended 1-1 following extra time. Including Senognam Ilhwa Chunma's quarter-win in this year's competition, the overall record of South Korean teams is currently 3 wins, 1 draw and 2 defeats.

Panamanian referee Moreno

Roberto Moreno, born in Panama on 3 April 1970, is the referee for today's semi-final. He has been an international referee since 1996 and has officiated 12 times in CONCACAF World Cup qualifiers for Germany 2006 and South Africa 2010. He has also taken part 4 times in the Gold Cup (championship for North and Central American and Caribbean national sides) and once in the Olympic Games in Beijing 2008 (Ivory Coast 4-2 Serbia in the group stage).

wins(1) draws(0) defeats(0)

starting lineups

Jung 1 Julio Cesar
Ko 2 Cordoba
Ognenovski 4 Zanetti
Cho B. 6 Lucio
Choi 5 Stankovic
Cho D. 9 Eto'o
Radoncic 10 Sneijder
Molina 19 Cambiasso
Kim S. 22 Milito
Hong 26 Chivu
Jo 27 Pandev


Kang 12 Castellazzi
Jun 8 Motta
Cheon 11 Muntari
Jeong 13 Maicon
Song 17 Mariga
Namkung 23 Materazzi
Kim J. 39 Santon