Luis Suarez scored a hat-trick in Barcelona's semifinal match to put his club into the final of the Club World Cup, the match that he dreamed about as a kid.
The Barcelona striker showed his many skills in the semifinal match against Guangzhou.
In the first goal he latched onto a rebound to score, in the second he showed his quality and ability to work on the field with his teammates, and in the last he showed that he could score from the penalty spot.
With that performance he showed that he could pick up the slack for the team that was missing Lionel Messi and Neymar.
- 'I get up at 6 in the morning' -
Now awaiting him in the final is River Plate, a special match for a South American player.
"The name has changed but I remember getting up at 6 am to watch the Intercontinental. It was a childhood dream and now we have a chance of winning it," he said Thursday.
Minutes before he had appeared where the players meet the media, casually dribbling the ball with which he had scored his hat-trick. It was just missing his teammates signatures, as tradition dictates.
"I'll keep it in the museum," he said of the ball, having entered into history by becoming the first player to score three goals in a game in the Club World Cup.
- 'Killer in the box' -
His coach Luis Enrique saved his praise for Suarez in the press room: "He is a killer in the box. A player capable of solving any situation. To this must be added his defensive capabilities...he is indispensable for us."
Suarez will now play against River Plate nine years after his last official match against a South American club.
Against River Plate he will be going up against several of his countrymen, including international Carlos Sanchez.
Also in the ranks of River Plate are Rodrigo Mora, Camilo Mayada and striker Tabaré Viudez, who arrived just a few months ago to the club.
By Pablo MELIAN/AFP