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Barcelona prepare for final against River Plate

Barcelona players are hoping to clinch a fifth trophy when they meet River Plate in the Club World Cup Final on Sunday.

Barca warmed up for the final with a comfortable 3-0 semi-final win over Guangzhou Evergrande with frontman Luis Suarez grabbing a hat-trick.

But Lionel Messi and Neymar were missing in that match through injury. “They are both getting better, “said boss Luis Enrique who would not confirm if they would play.

Argentina’s River Plate, who qualified as Copa Libertadores winners, beat Japanese champions Sanfrecce Hiroshima 1-0 in their semi-final.

Coach Marcelo Gallardo, the former Monaco, Paris St Germain and Argentina midfielder, called the final an “emblematic game” for the Buenos Aires outfit.

“They are a very complete team and we are going to have to play very intelligently to have a chance,” he added.

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