Spanish team Barcelona won the World Club Cup for the first time when they beat Estudiantes 2-1 in the final on Saturday. Pedro and Messi scored for Barcelona while Mauro Boselli scored for Estudiantes.

Estudiantes had looked like they would be the winners as they had managed to hold on to a 1-0 lead till the 89th minute when Barcelona equalized and stretched the match into extra time.

In the first half, Estudiantes went ahead in the 37th minute when Mauro Boselli leapt on to a cross from the captain Juan Sebastian Veron and headed past the goalkeeper Victor Valdes to shock the 43,000-strong crowd.

Barcelona had many chances to draw level and finally managed to equalize through Pedro in the 89th minute when he beat Albil with a header and brought a sigh of relief to the Barca camp. Star striker Lionel Messi sparked off celebrations in the 110th minute when he sneaked through between two defenders and put the ball past the goalkeeper Albil with his chest.

The 2-1 victory means the cup stays in Europe as English club Manchester United had won the title last year with a 1-0 victory over LDO Quito in Japan.

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