It took extra time but Liverpool are the World Champions of club football!

The Reds prevailed 1-0 against Flamengo in the FIFA Club World Cup at the Khalifa International Stadium in Doha, Qatar.

Liverpool started brightly. Roberto Firmino and Naby Keita both spurned strong opportunities inside the area that could have put the Reds ahead early in the first half. After that initial period of intensity, Flamengo eventually grew into the game.

The half unfolded in unfamiliar fashion. Liverpool dropped into a disciplined shape as Flamengo possessed the ball for long stretches. The Reds were rarely under threat but the Brazilian side were allowed to shuffle the ball around the back, proving less vulnerable to Liverpool’s press.

Liverpool restarted with familiar renewed energy and focus. They piled on early pressure but still could not break through. Then the match took a strange turn.

Just into stoppage time, Sadio Mané was brought down by a challenge from behind at the edge of the area. The referee pointed to the spot and gave defender Rafinha a yellow card.

Yet, after a video review, Qatari referee Al Jassim Abdulrahman waived off the penalty, retracted the yellow card, and gave Flamengo a drop ball. It was an absurd reversal, forcing extra time.

In the 99th minute, again Mané was sent through. He drew the last defender, spun and foun Firmino, who calmly took his third chance to make it 1-0. From there, Liverpool saw out the victory.

Here are four findings from the match.