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Corinthians 1 Chelsea 0

Corinthians 1 Chelsea 0

In Yokohoma City, Chelsea failed in their attempt to become the FIFA World Club Champions losing by a solitary goal.

Team News - Rafa Benitez, for this prestigious final, slightly shuffled his pack with regards to those who started the semi-final against Monterrey. David Luiz moved back into the heart of the defence, alongside Gary Cahill, Branislav Ivanovic moved to right back, Ramires returned to the side and Frank Lampard was also given a start ahead of Oscar and Victor Moses also came into the side.

First Half - After a 'Moment of Hope` for the victims of the Conneticut massacre it was Chelsea who got the action underway. The early exchanges were cagey with Chelsea grateful that Ramires and Hazard got in good ball-winning interceptions to deny Corinthians scoring opportunities.

Chelsea, in the 10th minute, had a great chance to take the lead when, following a corner, Cahill saw his shot somehow stopped on the line by the keeper, Cassio. Ramires, with the referee being very lenient, was lucky not to see a yellow card for one unruly tackle.

As the game started to open up, Mata saw a chip towards Torres just evade the striker before Mata gave the ball away in a dangerous situation but Luiz was on hand to usher Emerson away from danger. Corinthians were happy to pepper Cech from range but nothing untoward was happening to give Cech cause for concern.

Bursting forward, Hazard was fouled on the edge of his area but Luiz drove his free kick into the wall. Cahill survived a penalty claim before a slip from Cahill saw Guerrero blast over. Hazard then produced the best ball of the half but Moses couldn`t quite do enough to get a decent shot of before a shot from Cole drifted wide.

A fine ball from Lampard saw Torres control it first time, inside the penalty area, but although the Spaniard got a shot off Cassio, in the Corinthians goal, had read the situation well and raced out to intercept the shot.

As half time approached Moses saw a curling effort well saved by Cassio before the keeper did well to claim a fierce volley from Mata, from outside the box.

Second Half - Corinthians got the action restarted but it was Chelsea who had the first effort when Lampard saw a shot blocked after a decent build-up. Mata, as Chelsea pushed forward, delivered a great defence splitting ball to Mata but Cassio rushed out to thwart the Belgian.

Corinthians responded with a shot from Emerson that was blocked by Cahill. The referee finally produced a yellow card, for Henrique, after a trip on Mata before our opponents forced a couple off corners that came to nothing. The pressure continued and Paulinho drove a fierce shot wide.

With sixty-nine minutes on the clock, Chelsea fell behind when Cahill got a partial block on a shot but it looped up and despite the presence of three defenders on the line Guerrero managed to guide hi header into the roof of the net.

Benitez responded by introducing Oscar for Moses and seconds later Torres saw a weak header drift wide. With eight minutes of normal time left Benitez made a second change bringing on Azpilicueta for Ivanovic. The young Spanish full back was to make an immediate impact with a long throw that was flicked on and Torres, when the ball fell at his feet a couple off yards out, fired his shot straight at Cassio.

With three minutes of normal time, Marin came on for Hazard but Chelsea were reduced to ten me when Cahill was shown a straight red card. Four minutes of stoppage time were announced and Chelsea thought they had grabbed that equaliser when Torres headed home but the flaw a sup for offside and the dream of being club champions of the world was over.

Chelsea - Cech; Ivanovic (Azpilicueta-82), Cahill, Luiz, Cole; Ramires, Lampard; Moses (Oscar-72), Mata, Hazard (Marin-89), Torres

Unused Subs - Turnbull, Hilario, Ferreira, Bertrand, Saville, Mikel, Piazon

Chelsea Scorers - Nil

Chelsea Yellow Cards - Luiz

Chelsea Red Cards - Cahill

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Date:Sunday December 16 2012
Time: 12:33PM


We gave it away
16/12/2012 12:37:00
Lampard is very useless in a chelsea shirt
16/12/2012 12:38:00
chuks09, but not as useless as Torres. Torres is the worst thing this club can have.
Keyser Soze
16/12/2012 12:40:00
Benitez unbalanced the whole team just so Lampard can lift the trophy. PATHETIC. Get rid of both of them.
16/12/2012 12:40:00
Lampard will get a lot of the blame like he always does but hazard, Moses, Torres and even Mata were not much better
16/12/2012 12:41:00
We would have won with the semi final lineup.
16/12/2012 12:41:00
Lampard will get a lot of the blame like he always does but hazard, Moses, Torres and even Mata were not much better
16/12/2012 12:41:00
its rebuilding
16/12/2012 12:42:00
I just hope this ineffective 'legend' would not wear the shirt anymore.
16/12/2012 12:42:00
pivot we cant retain possession and then mata, hazard,oscar,etc cant get into the game but still people want Lampard in the team. He should be shown the door.
16/12/2012 12:43:00
Luiz crying is making me cry! Feck!!!
Krested Kal-el
16/12/2012 12:43:00
And for those of you saying the dude in the #8 shirt is not to blame please watch them match again. I got up early to watch this game and found myself nodding off..we wasted the entire first half with casual passing and lack of intensity in midfield. Mata was hardly on the ball Moses couldn't get a decent cross into the box. I watched him all game along with Ramires. He was the one pointed and telling other players what to do...the Captain for the if he had been of any real use then the team would have been better in midfield. We were outmuscled at many times as the Corinthians were stronger in challenges...thank heavens for Luiz who had many good moments in the match. The best team available always plays in the final which was not the case today. I am however glad that Mikel can be left out of the blame game even though he would have been massive today This match meant something to the wasn't really important to Chelsea, If it was then a certain person would not have played in it.
16/12/2012 12:44:00
When lamps plays in the
16/12/2012 12:44:00
Luiz crying is making me cry! Feck!!!
Krested Kal-el
16/12/2012 12:45:00
had2bg...first half he created 3 clear chances for Torres with balls in behind the defence, its not his fault if they can't bury them. Your views are blighted by hatred I'm afraid.
16/12/2012 12:46:00
well done boys
16/12/2012 12:47:00
Everyone here is going to go and blame Lampard but he created the most chances and had a fine game. The problem was our desire, we didn't look up for it and also we need another striker we desperately do. Also we need a winger like Robben or Bal. we can't keep playing so centrally. How he missed that one on one at the end is beyond me. I thought he was back to his old form but he's just not himself and we've waited nearly two years for this.
16/12/2012 12:48:00
corinthians call themselves champions of the world while 8-10 teams in europe are better than them lol
16/12/2012 12:49:00
got to agree with kalou here. lampard has been injured for a good chunk of the season and we have still been shocking. The whole team lacks charactwr. i miss ballack miss an in form essien with working knees. miss alex and anelka. but most of all i miss drogba. this team of weakling midgets is depressing.
16/12/2012 12:51:00
i think the team cared as much as we do in England about this trophy = 3 points is worth more, however, what i don't get is all the team saying they want it and then playing like they were half asleep. Lamps clearly has gone completely! did Benitez bother watching Lamp's performances from earlier in the season? We are seeing what a few of us predicted at the start of the season and that is that our midfield 2 is just not up to it. When the 2 are ineffective the 3 does not work and the 3 is useless with the front 1 strolling around like he is the dogs danglies.
16/12/2012 12:51:00
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