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Played
December 13, 2012 10:30 AM GMT
Nissan Stadium — Yokohama
Referee:‬ C. Vera‎
Attendance:‬ 36648‎
 
90+1′ A. De Nigris
Juan Mata 17′
 
 
D. Chavez 48′ (OG)
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Monterrey 1-3 Chelsea

Goals from Juan Mata, Fernando Torres and an own goal from Darvin Chavez give the Blues a comfortable passage into Sunday's final, despite Aldo De Nigris' late consolation

By Liam Twomey

  • Jonathan Emmanuel Orozco
    10
    29
    1.50

    Jonathan Emmanuel Orozco Flop of the Match

    Looked uncertain every time the ball came near him, spreading uncertainty rather than calm in his defence.

  • S. Meza
    6
    12
    2.50

    S. Meza

    Had one hairy moment where he almost allowed Oscar a free shot at an empty net, but he generally looked assured when dropping from midfield into defence.

  • D. Chavez
    6
    12
    2.00

    D. Chavez

    Fared reasonably well on the left flank, but looked uncomfortable when asked to drift inside - never more so than when he lost Mata and then deflected the Spaniard's low cross into his own net.

  • W. Ayoví
    10
    15
    2.50

    W. Ayoví

    Showed good energy in the midfield, but could not cope when Chelsea upped the tempo.

  • José María Basanta
    6
    10
    2.00

    José María Basanta

    The fluid movement of Chelsea's attack worried him, and he never really got close enough to stifle danger.

  • H. Mier
    6
    9
    2.00

    H. Mier

    Confident in possession, but looked out of his depth against Chelsea's expensively-assembled attack.

  • S. Pérez
    4
    11
    1.50

    S. Pérez

    Tormented by Hazard throughout, but unlucky to deflect Torres' wayward shot past Orozco only seconds into the second half.

  • J. Corona
    27
    9
    3.00

    J. Corona

    His team's brightest spark, giving Azpilicueta all sorts of problems after switching from the right to the left flank and providing a number of dangerous crosses for De Nigris.

  • Neri Raúl Cardozo
    6
    9
    2.50

    Neri Raúl Cardozo

    Looked neat and tidy in the middle of the park, but could not prevent Chelsea comfortably winning the midfield battle.

  • A. De Nigris
    21
    10
    3.00

    A. De Nigris

    Did his best with the little service he received, keeping Cahill and Ivanovic honest and providing the only real test for Cech. Deserved his late consolation.

  • César Fabián Delgado
    15
    9
    2.50

    César Fabián Delgado

    Had one moment of danger in the first half when he unleashed a shot from distance, but that was pretty much the extent of his achievement.

Substitutions

  • Ricardo Osorio
    5
    9
    2.50

    Ricardo Osorio

    Came on for Perez on 58 minutes when the match was already over as a contest.

  • E. Solís
    4
    7
    2.00

    E. Solís

    Came on for the final eight minutes in place of Meza.

  • A. Carreño
    3
    7
    2.00

    A. Carreño

    Replaced Delgado for the final eight minutes.

  • Petr Cech
    144
    9
    2.50

    Petr Cech

    Rarely tested, but made a couple of decent saves when he was called upon. Could do little about De Nigris' late strike.

  • Branislav Ivanovic
    135
    14
    2.50

    Branislav Ivanovic

    Looked uncertain on occasion in the first half, but in truth Monterrey gave him little to worry about.

  • Ashley Cole
    155
    9
    3.50

    Ashley Cole

    Chelsea's first was the result of his trademark attacking intent and awareness, combining with Oscar before playing in Mata. Untroubled defensively.

  • David Luiz
    241
    10
    3.50

    David Luiz

    Highly accomplished on his first start in midfield, beating his man and spraying good passes into Chelsea's creative trio. Against better opponents he will get less space than this, however.

  • Gary Cahill
    99
    45
    2.50

    Gary Cahill

    Lost De Nigris several times, and one suspects a more accomplished striker with better service would have enjoyed more success against him and Ivanovic.

  • César Azpilicueta
    99
    65
    2.00

    César Azpilicueta

    The only cause for concern on an otherwise positive day for Chelsea. Corona ran him ragged down the left flank, and the young Spaniard appears to have a lot to learn defensively if he is to become a regular member of this back four.

  • Oscar
    218
    90
    3.50

    Oscar

    His touch, flair and vision were sublime at times, even as he did not have to hit top gear. A sensational talent.

  • John Obi Mikel
    173
    22
    3.00

    John Obi Mikel

    Played the simple pass, rarely giving the ball away and enabling Chelsea to maintain control of the midfield.

  • Eden Hazard
    226
    90
    3.50

    Eden Hazard

    Destroyed Perez at will, and his burst down the left to set up Torres for Chelsea's second moments after the interval clinched the game.

  • Fernando Torres
    474
    22
    3.50

    Fernando Torres

    An encouraging display, even if he cannot hope to face such accomodating opposition every week. Was fortunate to see his sliced effort deflected in off Perez, but played a superb pass into Mata for Chelsea's third. His first touch still fails him a little too often, however.

  • Juan Mata
    287
    90
    4.00

    Juan Mata Top of the Match

    Another imperious display. The former Valencia man was at the heart of everything Chelsea did well, including sweeping home the opener on 17 minutes. Will be key to his side's hopes of lifting this trophy on Sunday.

Substitutions

  • Paulo Ferreira
    146
    15
    2.50

    Paulo Ferreira

    Came on for Mata with 16 minutes left as Chelsea settled for a three-goal margin of victory.

  • Frank Lampard
    139
    95
    2.50

    Frank Lampard

    Replaced Luiz on 63 minutes to a rapturous reception from Chelsea fans and locals alike, but had little to do once on the pitch.

  • Victor Moses
    110
    85
    2.50

    Victor Moses

    Came on for Torres with 11 minutes left and delivered a lively cameo even as the match lacked intensity.

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Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Darío Conca Darío Conca
Midfielder
Fluminense
2 1
Ronaldinho Ronaldinho
Midfielder
Atletico Mineiro
2 0
César Fabián Delgado César Fabián Delgado
Midfielder
Monterrey
2 0
Mouhssine Iajour Mouhssine Iajour
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Raja Casablanca
2 0
H. Suazo H. Suazo
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Monterrey
1 1