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South American champions River Plate overcame their anxiety to reach the Club World Cup final with a jittery 1-0 win over Sanfrecce Hiroshima Wednesday, keeping alive the dream of a meeting with Barca.River did not really look like scoring until Hiroshima 'keeper Takuto Hayashi failed to clear Leonardo Ponzio's free kick and Alario headed home the ball in the 72nd minute.River, backed by 15,000 fans who made the marathon trip in the hope of seeing their side meet Barcelona in the final, must now rely on the European champions to avoid a shock defeat against Asian counterparts Guangzhou Evergrande Thursday.River coach Marcelo Gallardo's relief was palpable after the game.The 31-year-old, who has never played for Argentina, did well to block Yusuke Minagawa's shot after the Hiroshima forward got clear of the River defense.
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