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  • December 15, 2011
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Club World Cup Semi-Final Preview: Al Sadd v Barcelona

Club World Cup Semi-Final Preview: Al Sadd v Barcelona

Clasico : Real Madrid - Barcelona

Pep Guardiola's men will be hoping to avoid a shock defeat to the Qatar club in their attempt to reach the final on Sunday, with Santos a possible opponent


PROBABLE LINE-UPS

AL SADD

 Saqr
Nabeel, Koni, Lee Jung-Soo, Belhadj
Al-Bloushi, Rizik, Alyazidi
Al Khalfan, Niang, Keita

  BARCELONA
 
Valdes
Alves, Mascherano, Pique, Maxwell
Iniesta, Keita, Thiago
Pedro, Messi, Villa



The Qatar club will be glad star striker Mamadou Niang came through the 2-1 victory over Esperance unscathed after being a doubt for the game with an infection.

Al Sadd are able to field a full-strength squad against Pep Guardiola's men and are likely to line-up with Kader Keita and Khalfan Al Khalfan in support of Niang.

Barcelona are expected to rotate their starting line-up from the side that defeated Real Madrid 3-1 at the weekend. Javier Mascherano appears a certainty to come into the defence with Carles Puyol likely to be rested.

Seydou Keita and Thiago are in contention to start in midfield while David Villa and Pedro will be hoping to earn some valuable game-time in attack alongside Lionel Messi.


DID YOU KNOW?
  • Al Sadd qualified for the Club World Cup by defeating Jeonbuk Motors in the 2011 AFC Champions League final in a penalty shoot-out in November.

  • The club are the most successful side in Qatar, winning a record 12 league titles, with the first coming in the 1971-72 season.
  • The Qatari giants have never met the Catalan club and will be looking to shock the European champions.
  • Barcelona won the competition in 2009, defeating Estudiantes 2-1 in the final, with Lionel Messi grabbing an extra-time winner.
  • Pedro netted twice in the 2009 edition which helped him to become the first player to score in six different competitions in one season.
  • The winner of the game will face either Santos or Kashiwa Reysol in Yokohama in the final on Sunday.

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Available Squads
1Mohamed Saqr AhmedGoalkeeper
3Nadir BelhadjDefender
14Jung-Soo LeeDefender
-Mohammed KasolaDefender
32Ibrahim MajidDefender
-Abdulla KoniDefender
7Wesam RizikMidfielder
10Khalfan IbrahimStriker
11PopitoGoalkeeper
15Talal Al BloushiMidfielder
-Mamadou NiangStriker
-saad abdullah alsheebGoalkeeper
-Muhannad NaimGoalkeeper
-Abdelkarim HassanDefender
-Mesaad Ali Al HamadDefender
-Tahir ZakariyaDefender
-Nasser NabeelDefender
-Mohammed AbdulraabMidfielder
20Yousef AhmadStriker
12Magid MohammedStriker
-Ali AfefStriker
9LeandroStriker
-Hassan KhalidStriker
1Víctor ValdésGoalkeeper
5Carles PuyolDefender
21AdrianoDefender
22Éric AbidalDefender
8Andrés Iniesta LujánMidfielder
6Thiago AlcántaraMidfielder
14Javier MascheranoMidfielder
-Seydou KeitaMidfielder
7David VillaStriker
10MessiStriker
7PedroStriker
13José Pinto ColoradoGoalkeeper
-OierGoalkeeper
22Daniel AlvesDefender
3PiquéDefender
17MaxwellDefender
3Andreu Fontàs PratDefender
4Cesc FàbregasMidfielder
6XaviMidfielder
16BusquetsMidfielder
12Jonathan Dos SantosMidfielder
9Alexis SánchezStriker
23CuencaStriker
Players to Watch
Abdulla Koni
Abdulla Koni
Position: Defender
Squad Number: 0
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The captain will need to be at his very best if he is to foil one of the most potent attacks in world football. If Al Sadd can keep a tight rearguard, they have talented attackers who can cause problems.
Pedro
Pedro
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 7
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The winger has not featured as much as he would have liked this season yet he looks set to start on Thursday. The Spanish international scored in both the semi-final and final of the 2009 Club World Cup and expect him to be a handful this time around too.
Prediction
Barcelona will be high in confidence after their Clasico victory at the weekend and it is difficult to see anything other than a convincing win for Pep Guardiola's men against the 2011 AFC Champions League winners.
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