Seongnam crush al-Wahda, face Inter Milan in semi-finals

Abu Dhabi: Seongnam of South Korea thrashed hosts al-Wahda 4-1 at the Club World Cup on Saturday to set up a semi-final with European champions Inter Milan.

The Asian champions, who won with goals by by Mauricio Molina, Sasa Ognenovski, Choi Sung-kuk and Cho Dong-geon, will meet Inter at the same Zayed Sports City stadium on Wednesday.

Colombian midfielder Molina gave Seongnam an early lead with a left-foot volley from the edge of the area after a poor clearance by central defender Hamdan al Kamali.

Brazilian striker Fernando Baiano equalised with his second goal of the tournament in the 27th minute when he headed the ball home from right back Eisa Ahmed`s cross.

However, the South Koreans were in front again within three minutes when al-Wahda defended poorly at Molina`s outswinging corner from the left and Seongnam`s Australian captain Ognenovski scored with a free header.

Choi made the win safe in the 71st with a shot from the right that gave goalkeeper Adel al-Hosani no chance at the end of a move started by Molina.

Fellow forward Cho headed their fourth off Molina`s curling freekick nine minutes from time.

Bureau Report