Barcelona won the Club World Cup on Saturday, beating Estudiantes 2-1 on Lionel Messi's goal in extra time.
Barcelona, the European champions, defeated the South American champions to capture its sixth trophy of 2009.
Messi chested Daniel Alves' cross into the goal in the 110th minute. Estudiantes had gone ahead in the 37th minute on Mauro Boselli's header. The Spanish champions tied the score when Pedro Rodriguez headed home a goal in the 89th minute.
Barcelona's bench burst in celebration once the comeback victory was complete. The Estudiantes players looked on in disbelief or slumped to the ground before the crowd of 43,050 at Zayed Sports City Stadium.
Leandro Desabato of Estudiantes nearly tied the score in the dying moments.
"We were so very near to achieving our dream," Estudiantes coach Alejandro Sabella said.
Estudiantes, the Copa Libertadores champions from Argentina, was looking for its first global title since 1968 when the club tournament was known as the Intercontinental Cup.
Barcelona had lost in the finals of this event in 2006 and 1992. This year, it had already won the Champions League, Spanish league, Copa del Rey, Spanish Supercup and European Supercup.
"When you go up against a team like Barcelona, a defeat is always the most probable result," Sabella said.
Messi, winner of this year's Golden Ball as Europe's top player, was kept in check until extra time. Then the speedy Argentine ran at the defense before cutting across the penalty area to meet Alves' perfect pass. It was Messi's 16th goal this season.
"They contained us very well for the first half," Xavi said. "But then that great goal from Pedro arrived and changed everything."
Source: AP News