Chelsea are through to the final of the FIFA Club World Cup after disposing of Mexican outfit Monterrey with little fuss. Goals from Juan Mata, a dubious Fernando Torres and a definite own goal saw Rafa Benitez’s side comfortably run out 3-1 victors after Aldo de Nigris grabbed an injury-time consolation.
The game was predicted to be tougher after Monterrey so expertly dispatched of Ulsan Hyundai in the quarter finals. There were also fears that Chelsea would not take the fixture seriously while there was also a bout of jetlag amongst the team after a long string flights arriving in Japan via Sunderland, Newcastle and Helsinki.
Juan Mata opened the scoring in some style; after a delightful one-two down the left-hand side between Oscar and Cole the left back pulled the ball across the box to find Juan Mata. The Spaniard the finished off the fluid move in some style sweeping the ball past Jonathan Orozco in the Monterrey net for a 1-0 lead.
David Luiz played in the centre of midfield and excelled; in the absence of Ramires, Mikel and Romeu it seems he will feature there again in Chelsea’s next match back in England.
Chelsea finished the game off as a contest early in the second half with a little bit of luck on their side. Just after the break Eden Hazard produced a moment of magic on the left hand side to escape his marker before cutting the ball back to Fernando Torres; whose deflected shot was going well wide however ended up in the back of the net to stun the crowd after just 20 seconds of the second period.
Then just moments later Fernando Torres turned provider as his incisive pass split the Monterrey defence wide open with an outside of the boot pass to Spanish team-mate Juan Mata. His cut back had enough pace to deceive covering defender Darwin Chavez who could do nothing but bundle the ball into his own net for 3-0 after just 48 minutes,
The game became exhibition like from there on and Monterrey got a goal for a decent final 20 minutes when both teams started to suffer with fatigue. The tireless Mexican international Aldo de Nigris getting free in the box before cutting inside and firing the ball past Petr Cech for a deserved consolation goal.
Overall it was a job well done by Chelsea but facing Corinthians with the Brazilian sides passionate travelling support will prove a much sterner test then the one posed by Monterrey and Chelsea will need to step it up a gear in order to be crowned FIFA Club World Cup Champions.
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