Date:Sunday December 16 2012
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
Date:Sunday December 16 2012
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