The Catalans made it to the finals after dismissing Guangzhou Evergrande 3-0 on Thursday, with Suarez scoring a hat-trick. In the other semi-final fixture, River Plate struggled to beat Hiroshima Sanfrecee but eventually won by a solitary goal. River Plate and Barca are the two strongest teams in the competition, therefore setting up an exciting final.
The match will kick off on Sunday at the 72,000-seater International Stadium Yokohama
Barca are the favourites to win the cup despite Messi’s absence. This was quite evident when they easily cruised past Guangzhou in the semis without any signs of missing the Argentina international. They will still rely on the prolific partnership of Luis Suarez and Neymar Jr to lead the hunt for goals upfront.
Suarez has scored 19 goals in his last 19 appearances for the Blaugrana, something that puts him above other strikers in the tournament.
The Uruguay international celebrates his hat-trick against Guangzhou in the semi-finals on Thursday
Also, there is a huge possibility that Messi could return to Sunday’s final, but that is yet to be confirmed by the club.
River Plate come into this fixture after winning the Copa Libertadores and they will be inspired by their semi-final win to provide positive results against Luis Enrique’s men. Andres Iniesta is expected to provide his magical passes just like he did in the 3-0 semi-final win over Guangzhou and things could get even better if the attacking trio of MSN features in the game.
River Plate's Lucas Alario celebrates his goal against Sanfrecce in the semi-finals of the Club World Cup
The South American giants boasts of the likes of Alario, who is well-known for stepping up on the big occasion and he could use this chance to make history for his club by destroying the La Liga side.
Which channel is broadcasting River Plate vs FC Barcelona on TV or Online?
- USA: on Fox Sports 1 USA, Fox Deportes, Fox Sports GO
- Canada: on Sportsnet World Now and Sportsnet World
- Japan: on NTV
In the USA, You can watch River Plate vs FC Barcelona live on Fox Sports 1 USA, Fox Deportes or Fox Sports GO starting from 5:30 EST. In Canada, tune in to Sportsnet World Now and Sportsnet World at exactly 5:30 EST. If you are in Japan and you can’t make to the stadium on time to watch the FIFA Club World Cup final, tune in to NTV at 19:30 JST to watch the epic encounter live on December 20, 2015.
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