Luis Suarez netted a hat trick as Barcelona thrashed Guangzhou Evergrande 3-0 to advance to the final of the 2015 FIFA Club World Cup on Thursday.
With Lionel Messi and Neymar both unavailable, the Uruguayan star made the light as the Spanish giants dominated play throughout and only suffered the odd scare from set pieces from the Asian champions.
It was Guangzhou’s first defeat under Brazilian coach Luiz Felipe Scolari who took over in June. The victory sent Barcelona to face River Plate in Sunday’s final after the Argentinian side saw off Sanfrecce Hiroshima.
“We may have lost, but there’s no shame in losing 3-0 to Barcelona. Other top European clubs have suffered the same result or even worse,” said Scolari after the game.
“Even without Messi and Neymar, they have a squad of players who possess exceptional quality. Their style of football was a real lesson for us.
“They showed us how to play beautiful football; to be able to have time and space on the ball, to use it well and take chances. Tonight we showed great effort, great determination and we are learning all the time.”