Brazilian side Corinthians São Paulo have won the FIFA Club World Cup 2012 in an exciting final against Chelsea FC at the International Stadium Yokohama, Japan.
Chelsea FC had the first chance of the game when Gary Cahill’s shot from a close range was saved by Corinthians’ keeper Cássio in the 1oth minute.
Corinthians needed almost half an hour to produce their first good attempt on target in a competitive match. Emerson almost took advantage of poor defending by the EPL side, but his shot from the edge of the box was well wide.
Chelsea’s Victor Moses had the chance to put his side in the lead moments later, when a well-timed pass by Eden Hazard found the Nigerian international. But Moses failed to get the ball down and a Brazilian defender quickly cleared the situation.
Both teams increased the pace and there was no time to take a rest for neither of the two teams. Corinthians striker Paolo Guerrero caused the next worries to Chelsea boss Rafa Benítez, when the former Bayern Munich star blasted to the English box and his shot missed the target to just find Emerson. Emerson was quick to react but his shot hit the post and went wide.
Moses has been a live wire throughout the first half. The young Nigerian forced Corinthians keeper Cássio to display most probably the save of the tournament in the 39th minute, when the Brazilian tipped a curling shot past the post to keep the scoreline 0-0 at half-time.
Chelsea tried to score an early goal in the second half, but various attempts were denied by the Brazilian side coached by Tite. It seemed like it would be just a matter of time to see the UEFA Champions League champions taking the lead, but Corinthians kept fighting and they found back to the game.
Corinthians were looked the better side at the hour mark and Paulinho fired an attempt just to see it go wide in the 64th minute. Paulo Guerrero broke the deadlook when the Peruvian international took advantage of a well played attack by Corinthians and found the back of the net with a close range header past three Chelsea players on the line in the 69th minute.
The 2012 Copa Libertadores champions increased the pressure after the goal and pushed hard to score a second quick goal and to put a nail on the coffin.
But the scorline remained 1-0 in favour of Corinthians till the final whistle was blown. The Brazilians won the FIFA Club World Cup for a second time after winning the inaugural tournament in 2000.
Meanwhile, CF Monterrey have clinched the 3rd Place at the FIFA Club World Cup 2012 with a 2-0 win against Egyptian outfit Al Ahly SC earlier in the day. Jesus Corona (3′) and Cesar Delgado (66′) hit the target for the Mexican side.
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FIFA Club World Cup 2012 | FINAL
at International Stadium Yokohama, Japan
CORINTHIANS 1-0 CHELSEA FC
1-0 Paulo Guerrero (69′)
12-Cássio; 2-Alessandro [C], 3-Chicão, 13-Paulo Andre, 6-Fábio Santos, 5-Ralf, 8-Paulinho, 11-Emerson (90’+1′ 4-Wallace), 20-Danilo, 23-Jorge Henrique, 9-Guerrero (87′ 7-Martínez)
1-Júlio César, 22-Danilo; 10-Douglas, 15-Anderson Polga, 17-Willian Arão, 21-Edenílson, 26-Guilherme Andrade, 28-Felipe, 29-Giovanni, 31-Romarinho
1-Cech; 2-Ivanovic (83′ 28-Azpilicueta), 24-Cahill, 4-Luiz, 3-Cole; 7-Ramires, 8-Lampard [C]; 13-Moses (73′ 11-Oscar), 10-Mata, 17-Hazard (87′ 21-Marin); 9-Torres
22-Turnbull, 40-Hilario; 19-Ferreira, 23-Sturridge, 26-Terry, 34-Bertrand, 35-Piazon, 56-Saville
Cuneyt Cakir (Turkey)
Bahattin Duran (Turkey), Tarik Ongun (Turkey)
Alireza Faghani (Iran)
56′ Jorge Henrique (Corinthians)
72′ David Luiz (Chelsea FC)
90′ Gary Cahill (Chelsea FC)