FIFA: Inter shocked as TP Mazembe make history
African champions TP Mazembe have made history defeating Copa Libertadores champions SC Internacional by two goals to nil to secure a berth in the FIFA Club World Cup final, the first time a team from outside Europe or South America has achieved such a feat.
Brazilians Internacional, who won this tournament in 2006, had plenty of chances to score in the game but they found Mazembe’s keeper Muteba Kidiaba in inspired form as he made many saves throughout the game. But the team from the Democratic Republic of Congo, who have won back-to-back African Champions Leagues in the last two years, made plenty of chances of their own and it was they who managed to find the net on two occasions in the second half. Milota Kabangu opened the scoring in the 53rd minute, executing a fanstastic shot from outside the Inter penalty box with his right-foot shot curling into the top right corner, leaving Inter keeper Renan flat footed. The game was sealed in the 85th minute when Dioko Kaluyituka ran with the ball from deep inside Inter’s half and drilled a hard and low shot into the bottom corner to send the TP Mazembe fans into ecstasy in the stands whilst those of Internacional were absolutely stunned. TP Mazembe keeper Kidiaba may also win a prize for the best celebration of the tournament after shuffling along the ground on his backside after each goal.
TP Mazembe, having knocked out Mexicans Pachuca in the quarter-finals on Friday as well as Internacional today, will hope that they can go all the way. First they must find out tomorrow who they will face in Sunday’s final as European champions Internazionale FC take on Asian winners Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma in the second semi-final.