Thursday 13 December 2012
Chelsea are through to the FIFA Club World Cup final after overcoming CF Monterrey with a 3-1 victory.
Rafa Benitez's side dominated a one-sided semi-final in Yokohama, which was notable for the deployment of defender David Luiz in a central midfield role as well as goals by Juan Mata and Fernando Torres.
The Brazilian excelled in the first half as he successfully combined his ball-winning ability with his eye for a pass and almost helped the Barclays Premier League side take the lead with a defence-splitting through ball for Edin Hazard, who curled his shot wide of goal.
Chelsea soon took the lead, however, following a neat move involving Oscar and Ashley Cole, who cut the ball back for Mata to beat Jonathan Orozco from 12 yards.
The European club champions doubled their advantage within 20 seconds of the restart as Fernando Torres's deflected effort left Orozco with no chance, and the CONCACAF champions fell further behind two minutes later courtesy of Darin Chavez's own goal.
Monterrey scored a consolation goal in added time when Aldo de Nigris broke down the right to beat Petr Cech with a smart finish.
Chelsea will meet Brazilian side Corinthians in Sunday's final after the Copa Libertadores winners edged a 1-0 victory against Egypt's Al-Ahly, on Wednesday.
Chelsea: Cech, Azpilicueta, Ivanovic, Luiz (Lampard 60), Cahill, Cole, Mata (Ferreira 73), Oscar, Mikel, Hazard, Torres (Moses 78).
Wednesday 12 December
Al-Ahly 0-1 Corinthians, Toyota Stadium, Toyota, Aichi
Thursday 13 December
Monterrey 1-3 Chelsea, International Stadium, Yokohama
Corinthians v Chelsea, International Stadium, Yokohama, 10.30am