Blues breeze through to final
European champions Chelsea outclassed Mexican side Monterrey 3-1 at the Club World Cup in Japan yesterday to set up a mouthwatering final clash with Brazilian giants Corinthians
The English Premier League club, debuting at the intercontinental tournament, dominated large spells of the first half and had the match sewn up shortly into the second — scoring two goals within three minutes of the restart.
Monterrey were bidding to become the first CONCACAF champions to reach a Club World Cup final, but the strength of Chelsea’s David Luiz in midfield, coupled with the trickery of Juan Mata and Eden Hazard proved too much for the Mexicans.
Chelsea started the match with the greater intent and Luiz went close to scoring inside the first four minutes, breaking from his defensive midfield position to fire narrowly over the bar from just outside the box. Chelsea had their breakthrough on 17 minutes with a beautifully worked goal that was expertly finished by Mata.
Midfielder Oscar played a back heel to Ashley Cole on the edge of the penalty box. The left-back then squared it to the Spaniard who took a touch before smashing it past Monterrey goalkeeper Jonathan Orozco.
Chelsea will play Copa Libertadores winners Corinthians in the final in Yokohama on Sunday. —
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