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Luan, Gremio looks to dethrone Real Madrid at Club World Cup

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“He’s a wonderful person. He’s got lots of titles, so maybe he can just leave this one to us.”

That’s Gremio youngster Luan after being told Real Madrid star and countryman Marcelo said he has a huge future in the game.

Luan and his teammates could make a lot more noise with a win in Saturday’s Club World Cup final against Real.

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Gremio edged Pachuca in extra time of its semifinal after Real came back to beat Al Jazira, and now hopes to become just the second non-European club to win the Club World Cup since 2007.

Brazilian clubs won the first three CWCs between 2000-06, but Corinthians claimed the lone Brazilian title since when it beat Chelsea in 2012.

Spanish clubs have won the last three finals, with Real sandwiching two around Barca’s 2015 win over River Plate.

The 24-year-old Luan won Olympic gold with Brazil in 2016, and has two caps with the national team.

US U-23s drop 3-0 decision in Brazil; Rapids pair, Southampton keeper start

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The United States men’s U-23 national team faced a tough task in dealing with Brazil’s U-23 team in Brasilia on Monday night.

And it didn’t go very well right off the bat, as the home squad struck first. Twenty-four-year-old Atletico Mineiro striker Luan netted in the third minute.

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Newly-minted Barcelona back Douglas scored Brazil’s second goal, with 21-year-old Lazio defender Vinicius also tallying for the hosts.

The States started Southampton keeper Cody Cropper between the sticks, and had Colorado pair Shane O’Neill and Dillon Serna in the starting lineup. FC Utrecht mid Rubio Rubin and Stanford sophomore Jordan Morris also started.

US U-23s: Cropper; Sorto, Carter-Vickers (Miazga, 61′), O’Neill, Ocegueda; Rubin, Joya (Hairston, 83′), Hyndman (Flores, 61′), Serna; Rodriguez (Spencer, 71′), Morris (Hernandez, 83′)