First Title For AC Milan
Two goals from Filippo Inzaghi helped AC Milan beat Boca Juniors in the final of the FIFA Club World Cup and secure a first world title for the Italians. Japan’s Urawa Red Diamonds claimed third place and Kaka was named as the player of the tournament.
Alessandro Nesta wheeled away in delight after giving AC Milan a 2-1 lead in the final of the FIFA Club World Cup, but it was what was to happen shortly after the defender’s goal that would actually decide the match. After seeing Boca Juniors’ Hugo Ibarra hit the post, Milan’s Brazilian star Kaka charged down the other end of the pitch and gave the Italians the comfort of a two-goal cushion. The irrepressible Filippo Inzaghi then scored his second goal of the evening and although Pablo Ledesma reduced the arrears to 4-2, it was a case of “too little, too late” for Boca. There was still time for two red cards with Ledesma suffering the same fate as Milan’s Kakha Kaladze shortly before him.
AC Milan’s victory was richly deserved, the Italians having been the better team over the 90 minutes, mainly thanks to their superior balance. “I’m obviously very happy. We played some really attacking football today and it paid off,” said triumphant Milan coach Carlo Ancelotti. “It will hopefully also give us some extra impetus for the rest of the SerieA campaign.” Nobody was surprised to see Kaka named the best player of the tournament. “It’s a dream come true to win the Club World Cup with Milan,” beamed the South American wizard. “Luckily for us, we were able to play to our full potential after the break. We’re really pleased that we have been able to reward our fans with a great performance.”