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Messi rescues Barcelona
by Paul Kennedy, December 17th, 2009 7AM



[CLUB WORLD CUP] The Club World Cup came to life in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday as Barcelona came back from an early deficit and beat Atlante of Mexico, 3-1, to move into Saturday's final against Argentina's Estudiantes. Lionel Messi was the hero, scoring within two minutes of coming on as a substitute in the second half.

Messi's entrance brought delight to the crowd of 40,952 fans on hand at Zayed Sports City Stadium, and he did not disappoint.

The Argentina, who has been battling an ankle injury, took a pass from Zlatan Ibrahimovic in the 54th minute and then rounded goalkeeper Federico Vilar for the go-ahead goal.

Pedro added an insurance goal in the 67th minute.

Guillermo Rojas scored in the fifth minute to give the Concacaf champion the lead, but midfielder Sergio Busquets equalized in the 35th.

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