Rafael Benitez was visibly upset after seeing Liverpool outperform Brazilian side Sao Paolo in the Club World Cup final, yet still come away as runners-up. There’s certainly no shame for Liverpool from their performances, as Rafa said after the game: "The first thing I can say is congratulations to my players and we deserved to win. We had 21 shots and 17 corners and we hit the bar twice. We scored three goals, but what can you do? One of those goals clearly was not offside. We couldn’t have done any more to win."
It was certainly a strange choice of match officials. If England play Brazil in the Germany World Cup, it seems unlikely that FIFA would select two Mexicans and a Canadian for the three main officials. This is what they did today though – referee Benito Armando Archundia and assistant Arturo Velaquez are both officials from Mexico, joined by Canadian assistant Hector Vergara. The officials were from the CONCACAF federation as opposed to the CONMEBOL confederation whose jurisdication Sao Paolo come under, but it still seems a strange choice. Benitez is reported to have complained to FIFA president Sepp Blatter after the game.
Rafa said: "I am not happy with a lot of things from the game but I am very happy with my players. I would like to know what is a red card as Lugano should have been sent-off for the foul on Gerrard. Why did we only play three minutes of stoppage time at the end of the game as there should have been at least five minutes? We know the goal from Sinama-Pongolle was a clear goal."
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