And The World Champions Are… Milan.

Perhaps surprisingly, the FIFA Club World Cup left the best until last, with two magnificent matches to mark the end of the 2007 competition. In the first match, for third place, Urawa Red Diamonds came from a goal down to lead Etoile Sportive De Sahel 2-1, before a horrific goalkeeping error pegged them back to a penalty shoot-out, which the Japanese side won on penalties. It’s probably fair to say that the experiment of having a side from the home nation in the tournament has been a success. Urawa, in spite of a late season collapse in the J-League, have been far from outplayed in any of their performances in this competition and thoroughly deserve their third place finish. Etoile have been the surprise package of the tournament. Even their win in the CAF Champions League was a major surprise, so their performance in getting to the play-off match and only losing on penalties in what was effectively an away match. After this match, the two pre-tournament favourites had a lot to live up to in the final. As it turned out, this was a step too far for Boca, and Milan thoroughly deserved their win. Inzaghi gave Italian side an early, but uncharacteristically sloppy defending allowed Palacio to level the scores up a couple of minutes later. Five minutes into the second half, Alessandro Nesta gave Milan the...

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