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December 13, 2012
• Nissan Stadium, Yokohama
• Attendance: 36648
A. de Nigris 90'+
Fernando Torres 46'
D. Chavez 48' (own goal)
Thank you very much for joining me and following Chelsea’s comfortable win in the Club World Cup semi-final. Stick with Goal.com for all the reaction from this game, in particular what Rafael Benitez made of his team’s performance. I’ve been Chris Teale, and I hope you enjoyed it.
90' + 2'
FULL-TIME, and Chelsea cruise into the final of the Club World Cup thanks to a 3-0 demolition of Monterrey. The Blues scored two early goals in the second half through Fernando Torres and a Darvin Chavez own goal to secure the victory and then cruised the remainder of the match, knowing their opponents would not be able to get back into things.
90' + 1'
Assist J. Corona
90' + 1'
Goal A. De Nigris
GOAL!! Monterrey have their goal! The ball is played through to De Nigris, who stays calm and places the ball beyond Petr Cech.
There'll be two minutes added on to this game.
Lampard takes the ball, the noise levels rise, and he puts his shot from outside the box straight over the bar.
Moses is then nearly away as a through-ball splits the Monterrey defence, but he isn't quite quick enough.
Victor Moses has looked lively, as he jinks past a couple of Monterrey players but sees his cross headed clear.
Before the game, an attendance of around 72,000 had been expected by some. However, just 36,648 have been in the stadium to see this game in Yokohama. Still, the atmosphere has been decent.
To mix things up a little bit, here's Liam Twomey's thoughts: "This match has assumed the pace of a training match in the past 15 minutes, as Chelsea stroke the ball around, already assured of their progress to Sunday’s final. Frank Lampard has replaced David Luiz to a rapturous reception from Chelsea fans and the Japanese locals, while Aldo De Nigris is trying his best to find a consolation for Monterrey, but this game is otherwise short on action now."
Substitute Paulo Ferreira comes storming forward trying to get hold of the ball, but is a little too enthusiastic as he brings down Jose Basanta at the back.
That's a wild one from Corona, who is free at the back post but skies his shot miles over the bar.
De Nigris is determined to score, but he blazes a shot well over the bar from just inside the penalty area.
The ball is played through to De Nigris, but Cech comes out quickly to smother the danger.
Neri Cardozo uses his strength and tees up the shot for Delgado, who doesn't quite get the right contact on the ball and it's an easy one for Cech.
Chelsea are very happy to keep the ball and knock it around between themselves. Monterrey have no answers to their play at the moment.
You might be wondering what Liam Twomey makes of this game, so here are his thoughts on the second half so far: "Chelsea are heading for the final of the Club World Cup, and both teams know it. Rafa Benitez’s men have roared out of the blocks for this second half and two quickfire goals, both with the aid of deflections, have ended this match as a contest. There have been plenty of positives for the European champions. Eden Hazard looks back to his virtuoso best, David Luiz has established himself as a viable option in midfield and the team have won this match with a considerable amount to spare. Corinthians will undoubtedly provide a sterner test than Monterrey have but, on this evidence, Chelsea are in confident mood."
Beautiful interplay there from Chelsea to send Mata away, but Monterrey just about manage to avert the danger.
David Luiz has been very impressive in this game, and he's replaced by Frank Lampard, who is given an enormous ovation from the fans in Yokohama.
Superb ball from Mikel towards Cole, but substitute Ricardo Osorio is there to avert the danger. The left-back was nearly set on his way.
Orozco then charges out of his area to help clear the ball away. That was a little eccentric from the Mexican 'keeper.
A long ball is played into the Monterrey box, but there is Jonathan Orozco to catch the ball well above Gary Cahil.
Chelsea's fans are chanting Frank Lampard's name now, with the game pretty much done and dusted. Although having said that, Corona is still causing problems for Azpilicueta before De Nigris sees a header from a corner saved by Cech.
Monterrey could have been 4-0 down there, as Chelsea carve them open and the ball makes its way through to Mata. His shot goes wide when he should have scored, but the flag was raised for offside anyway.
Eden Hazard has started like a train in the second half. He blasts past several Monterrey defenders but sees his pull-back deflected away from Torres. Then seconds later the Mexicans are nearly picked apart again. This could get messy.
Own Goal D. Chavez
That Torres goal is perhaps going to be given as an own goal. Then, Chelsea come forward again, pick Monterrey apart and Mata sees his cross bundled into his own net by Darvin Chavez. 3-0 Chelsea, game over.
Assist Eden Hazard
Goal Fernando Torres
And straight from the restart, Chelsea have scored again! Hazard does brilliantly on the left, he plays the ball back to Torres and his deflected shot goes into the net. What a start, just 20 seconds into the second period.
We're back already for the second half, which is kicked off by Chelsea.
Fancy hearing a different voice from mine? Here's what Liam Twomey made of the first half: "Rafa Benitez will be fairly happy with his side’s work at the break, though Monterrey have shown enough to suggest they will remain dangerous as long as only one goal separates the two teams. David Luiz has made an encouraging start to life in midfield, while Juan Mata, Oscar and Eden Hazard have occasionally lit up this contest with stunning skill and dazzling combination play. Cesar Azpilicueta, however, has looked less than convincing up against Jesus Corona, and may be hauled off if his level does not improve in the second half."
45' + 1'
HALF-TIME, and Chelsea lead 1-0 thanks to Juan Mata’s strike. In truth, this game has felt like a pre-season exhibition match between two sides lacking in some intensity, but it has been a good game nonetheless. The Blues have largely dominated, although Monterrey have definitely grown into the game, with Jesus Corona in particular looking impressive on their left. Chelsea will want a second goal as soon as possible to get this game secured, as the longer they go at just 1-0 up, the Mexicans will be hopeful of scoring themselves.
There'll be one added minute in the first half.
Here comes David Luiz, flying forward from the midfield. However, he can't quite find a telling pass and Monterrey clear.
Frank Lampard and his team-mates on the bench have gone to have a jog before half-time and get a thunderous ovation from the Japanese fans. It's fair to say the Blues are well-liked in this part of the world.
De Nigris then has another chance with a difficult flicked header, but it goes over the bar. Monterrey might just fancy an equaliser before half-time if they keep this up.
Azpilicueta has had some problems with Corona, who sends in another cross into the box from the right that is too high for everyone.
Great passing from Monterrey there as they threaten Chelsea's box, but there is Gary Cahill to snuff them out.
John Obi Mikel has been fairly anonymous, but then lets fly with a shot of his own from outside the area that goes comfortably wide.
Monterrey are just starting to get hold of the ball a bit more, but they can't get past a firm Chelsea defence.
Then, Corona is very clever to get past Azpilicueta and sends in a cross that De Nigris heads over the bar.
The Japanese fans may be dressed in Chelsea colours, but they've started to sympathize with Monterrey, with hundreds audibly sighing as Corona wasted his chance just a couple of minutes ago.
Oh dear. Jesus Corona is almost in behind Cesar Azpilicueta but slips at the vital moment, allowing the Spaniard to get back.
Well, Cole has a go from long range but Monterrey goalkeeper Jonathan Orozco has no problems gathering it.
Chelsea have a free kick, which Mata swings in and Ivanovic heads over the bar.
Assist Ashley Cole
Goal Juan Mata
GOAL!!! Chelsea are ahead! Ashley Cole links up well with Oscar and plays a low ball into Juan Mata, who buries the ball into the bottom corner to give the European champions a deserved lead.
David Luiz has started superbly in the centre of midfield. He definitely offers an option for the Blues, as the chants of "One Di Matteo" begin among their fans.
From that resulting corner, Branislav Ivanovic comes in at the front post and sends a first-time shot wide.
That was nearly a horrendous mistake by Severo Meza, who nearly allows Oscar to pinch the ball ahead of him in the box but just about scrambles it away for a corner.
Here come Monterrey again, with Cesar Delgado ploughing forward and seeing his long-range shot deflected for a corner.
Superb skill from Hazard, who gets past a couple of players and sends in a great cross to Oscar, whose chest control isn't quite up to standard.
A first foray forward for Monterrey on the break, but Aldo de Nigris puts his shot straight into Petr Cech's gloves from just inside the penalty area.
Chance! Hazard is put through well by David Luiz. He's in behind the defenders, but opens his body and places his shot just wide.
Nice try from David Luiz, who rampages forward from the centre of midfield after Oscar's delightful touch and sends a shot just over the bar.
Nice early movement there from Eden Hazard, who jinks through to set up Juan Mata, whose shot is blocked well.
We're underway, as Monterrey kick off the first half of this semi-final clash.
Here come the teams onto the pitch in Yokohama.
Monterrey, as expected, select a very strong side for this game, with quarter-final hero Cesar Delgado up front. For Chelsea, David Luiz is handed a start in the midfield, with Oriel Romeu facing six months on the sidelines having had surgery on his anterior cruciate ligament. Oscar also makes a return to the side in place of Victor Moses, supporting Fernando Torres.
Here’s Chelsea: Cech, Ivanovic, Cole, David Luiz, Cahill, Azpilicueta, Mata, Oscar, Mikel, Hazard, Torres. Subs: Turnbull, Hilario, Ferreira, Terry, Bertrand, Ramires, Lampard, Moses, Marin, Saville, Sturridge, Piazon.
How are today’s teams looking? Let’s have a look at Monterrey: Orozco, Meza, Chavez, Basanta, Mier, Perez, Ayovi, Corona, Cardozo, De Nigris, Delgado. Subs: Dautt, Ibarra, Lopez, Osorio, Morales, Jasso, Solis, Moreno, Garcia, Madrigal, Carreno, Suazo.
Chelsea, meanwhile, travel to Japan as the champions of Europe and have finally tasted victory in the league under interim manager Rafael Benitez. Unlike many European teams before them, the Blues are treating this tournament very seriously and have taken a very strong squad with them to the Far East. They may have a fixture back-log waiting for them at home, but the Blues clearly see this as a great chance to pick up some silverware as an early Christmas present.
Monterrey are from northern Mexico and are the CONCACAF Champions League holders, beating fellow Mexican side Santos Laguna in the final. They’ve already played one game in this tournament, beating Korean side Ulsan Hyundai 3-1 thanks in part to a double from Cesar Delgado. Monterrey are known as The Striped Ones and came seventh in this season’s Apertura, the first part of Mexico’s top-flight football league.
Good morning, and welcome to Goal.com’s LIVE! text commentary of this Club World Cup semi-final between Monterrey and Chelsea. My name is Chris Teale, and I’m delighted to be sharing this one with you.
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