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Inter Milan ease into World Club final

Diego Milito scored on his return to the Inter Milan side as the European champions reached the Club World Cup final.
Diego Milito scored on his return to the Inter Milan side as the European champions reached the Club World Cup final.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • European champions Inter Milan cruise into the final of the Club World Cup
  • Inter defeat Asian champions Seongnam Ilhwa 3-0 in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday
  • They will now play African champions TP Mazembe in Saturday's showpiece
RELATED TOPICS
  • Inter Milan FC
  • FIFA
  • Abu Dhabi

(CNN) -- Inter Milan cruised into the final of the Club World Cup after beating Asian champions Seongnam Ilhwa 3-0 in Abu Dhabi.

The European champions, who have struggled to replicate last year's form, when they claimed the Champions League, Italian Serie A title and Italian Cup, will now face African champions TP Mazembe in Saturday's showpiece after this comfortable victory.

Despite the setback of playmaker Wesley Sneijder limping off injured early in the match, Inter were always in control and took the lead in just the third minute when Dejan Stankovic coolly slotted the ball home from the edge of the area.

And that advantage was doubled in the 32nd minute when same superb interplay between Argentine duo Javier Zanetti and Diego Milito resulted in captain Zanetti sliding the ball past Seongnam goalkeeper Jung Sung-Ryong.

The victory was sealed 17 minutes from time when Milito, making his return to action after five weeks on the sidelines, stabbed home a rebound after Samuel Eto'o's shot was parried by Jung.

Meanwhile, the fifth-place play-off was won by Mexican side Pachuca, who rallied from going two goals behind to defeat local side Al-Wahda on penalties, after the match finished 2-2.

A late double from Dario Cvitanich sent the match into extra time, where no further goals were scored.

That left the lottery of the shoot-out and it was the Mexican side who prevailed, winning 4-2 on penalties.