Chelsea defeated Mexican side C.F. Monterrey 3-1 in the semi-finals of the FIFA Club World Cup. Mata and Torres scored one goal each and an own goal sealed the game. The final will now be contested between Chelsea and Corinthians.
Chelsea started the half positively, with Luiz (playing in midfield today) having a shot on goal in the early minutes. Luiz was actively involved in the attack once again when he threaded a pass through to Eden Hazard but the Belgian fired wide. Despite his miss, Hazard looked a threat and was beating Monterrey players for fun. Chelsea looked likelier to score, and the goal came with 20-odd minutes played. Lovely link-up play between Oscar and Cole saw Cole released into space. He cut the ball back to Mata who duly converted. Chelsea dominated after that but Monterrey did have a couple of chances towards the end of the first half. The half ended 1-0 in favour of Chelsea.
It only took a few seconds for Chelsea to double their lead. Hazard beat 2 men in succession on the left wing and passed to Torres. The Spaniard took a touch and slammed the ball with his left foot. The shot took a deflection and went in. 2-0 to Chelsea. Barely a minute later and the game was all over. A lovely ball from Torres released Mata on the right wing and his pass hit a Monterrey defender and went in. Own goal, but Chelsea were 3-0 up. Chelsea were now able to sit back and defend and the tempo of the game dropped. Lampard came on for Luiz, and almost scored from a long-range effort. Ferreira and Moses came on in quick succession for Mata and Torres, but the game seemed done and dusted. Monterrey did pull a goal back through De Negris in injury time. But it was a consolation goal and Chelsea ran out clear winners.
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