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Thursday 13 December 2012

Chelsea through to World Club Cup final

Juan Mata and Fernando Torres on target as Blues earn right to face Corinthians following 3-1 win

  • Juan Mata (left) gives Chelsea the lead against Monterrey in the semi-final

  • Chelsea fans ahead of their side's semi-final in Yokohama

  • Chelsea's first match is against Mexican side CF Monterrey on Thursday

  • Frank Lampard meets fans on Chelsea's arrival in Japan

  • The Blues received a warm welcome from Japanese football fans

  • Chelsea boss Rafael Benitez speaks to his players during training in Yokohama

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).

2012 FIFA Club World Cup semi-final results

Wednesday 12 December
Al-Ahly 0-1 Corinthians, Toyota Stadium, Toyota, Aichi

Thursday 13 December
Monterrey 1-3 Chelsea, International Stadium, Yokohama

2012 FIFA Club World Cup final

Corinthians v Chelsea, International Stadium, Yokohama, 10.30am

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Key Points

  • Chelsea overcome Monterrey 3-1 in FIFA Club World Cup semi-final
  • Juan Mata and Fernando Torres on target in Yokohama Stadium
  • Blues to face Brazilian side Corinthians in Sunday's final