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Benitez double puts Estudiantes in final

Estudiantes players celebrate reaching the Club World Cup final after beating Pohang Steelers.
Estudiantes players celebrate reaching the Club World Cup final after beating Pohang Steelers.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Leandro Benitez scores both goals as Estudiantes de La Plata beat Pohang Steelers 2-1
  • The result puts the Argentine side into the Club World Cup final where they face Barcelona or Atlante
  • The South Korean side finish with just eight men after having three players sent off

(CNN) -- Leandro Benitez scored both goals as Copa Libertadores winners Estudiantes de La Plata beat Pohang Steelers 2-1 in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday to book their place in the Club World Cup final.

The Argentine side will now face either Barcelona or Atlante on Saturday after a turbulent second half at the Mohammed Bin Zayed Stadium saw the South Korean side finish with just eight players.

Benitez opened the scoring with a free-kick on the stroke of half-time, curling home a 25-yard strike that deceived goalkeeper Shin Hwa Yong.

The same player doubled his account eight minutes after the break before things took a turn for the worse for the Asian champions when Hwang Jae-Won received a second yellow card three minutes after the goal.

Brazilian striker Denilson made light of that loss to give his side a chance with a 71st-minute strike -- but within six minutes the Korean side had lost another two players.

Kim Jae-Sung was first to go moments after the goal and keeper Shin followed five minutes later to leave Pohang with eight men.

Mexicans Atlante and European Cup winners Barcelona will meet on Wednesday in the second semifinal.