Fifa Club World Cup

  • Venues: International Stadium, Yokohama & Toyota Stadium
  • Date: 6-16 December

Coverage: Live coverage of semi-finals (BBC HD/Red Button/online) and final (BBC Two/HD/online), and live text commentary on BBC Sport website

Chelsea marked their Club World Cup debut with a comfortable victory over Mexican side Monterrey to secure their place in Sunday's final.

Juan Mata put Rafael Benitez's side ahead in the 17th minute, sweeping home from inside the area.

Juan Mata opens scoring for Chelsea

Fernando Torres's deflected goal just after the break made it 2-0 before Monterrey's Darvin Chavez turned Mata's cross into his own net soon after.

Aldo de Nigris curled in a consolation for Monterrey in stoppage time.

Chelsea will play Brazilian side Corinthians, who beat Al Ahly of Egypt 1-0 in the other semi-final.

Monterrey, meanwhile, face Al Ahly in the third place play-off.

The victory was rarely in doubt for Chelsea against a Monterrey side who showed plenty of endeavour but lacked bite in the final third.

One of the main positives for the European champions was the performance of defender David Luiz, who was employed as a makeshift midfielder to fill the void left by the injured Oriol Romeu.

The Brazilian was revelling in his new role from the outset and he was the first to threaten inside the opening 10 minutes, firing over from outside the box.

In-form Fernando Torres

Fernando Torres's goal against Monterrey was his 12th of the season, meaning he has now scored more goals for Chelsea this season than he did in the whole of last campaign

Luiz then played a smart through ball for Eden Hazard down the left, but the Belgium international bent his shot just wide of the far post.

Branislav Ivanovic should have done better soon after when he stabbed wide from a corner, but the expected Chelsea goal duly arrived with just over quarter-of-an-hour gone.

A delightful move carved open the Monterrey defence as Oscar's backheel found Ashley Cole on the left side of the area and the full-back squared a pass for the unmarked Mata, who swept a left-footed finish into the net.

Monterrey's best chance of the half came in the 26th minute when Jesus Manuel Corona got the better of Cesar Azpilicueta and delivered a cross into the area but, fortunately for Chelsea, De Nigris directed his header over the bar.

The Mexican side had a couple more promising moments before the break but their hopes of causing an upset were ended less than five minutes into the second half as Chelsea added two quick goals.

Two goals in two minutes for Chelsea

First, Hazard superbly beat a defender for pace on the left before feeding a pass to Torres inside the area and his hugely deflected shot looped into the back of the net.

And as Monterrey were still recovering from that setback Chelsea increased their advantage. Torres bent a pass behind the Mexican side's defence for Mata, whose ball back across goal was turned into his own net by Chavez.

With the win safe, Chelsea took their foot off the pedal and allowed Monterrey to enjoy more possession and they had a couple of half chances as game headed towards full time.

Petr Cech was called into a rare moment of action as he got down to save Cesar Delgado's weak effort from distance, before De Nigris lashed an effort high over the Czech keeper's goal.

But De Nigris was rewarded for a hard-working performance by snatching a consolation for Monterrey in stoppage time as he was played in inside the area and he confidently fired beyond Cech.

Lineup, Bookings (0) & Substitutions (6)

Monterrey

  • 01 Orozco
  • 02 Meza (Solis - 82' )
  • 05 Chavez
  • 15 Basanta
  • 21 Mier
  • 24 Perez (Osorio - 57' )
  • 11 Ayovi
  • 14 Corona
  • 18 Cardozo
  • 09 De Nigris
  • 19 Delgado (Carreno - 82' )

Substitutes

  • 12 Dautt
  • 23 Ibarra
  • 03 Lopez
  • 04 Osorio
  • 06 Morales
  • 59 Jasso
  • 07 Solis
  • 08 Moreno
  • 20 Garcia
  • 10 Madrigal
  • 13 Carreno
  • 26 Suazo

Chelsea

  • 01 Cech
  • 02 Ivanovic
  • 03 Cole
  • 04 Luiz (Lampard - 63' )
  • 24 Cahill
  • 28 Azpilicueta
  • 10 Mata (Ferreira - 74' )
  • 11 Oscar
  • 12 Mikel
  • 17 Hazard
  • 09 Torres (Moses - 79' )

Substitutes

  • 22 Turnbull
  • 40 Hilario
  • 19 Ferreira
  • 26 Terry
  • 34 Bertrand
  • 07 Ramires
  • 08 Lampard
  • 13 Moses
  • 21 Marin
  • 56 Saville
  • 23 Sturridge
  • 35 Piazon
Ref: Carlos Vera
Att: 36,648

Match Stats

Shots

9 10

On target

4 2

Corners

6 3

Fouls

8 10

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +2:37 Full time

Full Time The final whistle is blown by the referee.

90:00 +0:59

Assist by Neri Cardozo.

90:00 +0:59 Goal scored

Goal! - Aldo De Nigris - Monterrey 1 - 3 Chelsea Aldo De Nigris finds the net with a goal from inside the box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Monterrey 1-3 Chelsea.

88:08

Victor Moses challenges Darvin Chavez unfairly and gives away a free kick. Jose Maria Basanta takes the free kick.

86:57

Shot from just outside the area by Frank Lampard goes over the bar.

83:26

The referee blows for offside. Direct free kick taken by Jonathan Orozco.

83:10

Victor Moses crosses the ball, Jose Maria Basanta manages to make a clearance.

81:35 Substitution

Substitution Edgar Solis on for Severo Meza.

81:35 Substitution

Substitution Dario Carreno comes on in place of Cesar Delgado.

81:35

Ricardo Osorio produces a cross.

80:25

The ball is sent over by Cesar Delgado.

78:24 Substitution

Substitution Victor Moses comes on in place of Fernando Torres.

77:10

Emboaba Oscar challenges Darvin Chavez unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Jose Maria Basanta.

76:32

Unfair challenge on Jose Maria Basanta by Paulo Ferreira results in a free kick. Jonathan Orozco takes the free kick.

76:07

Neri Cardozo fouled by Ashley Cole, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Neri Cardozo.

74:09

Neri Cardozo crosses the ball, Jesus Corona has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the right of the goal.

73:27

Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Walter Ayovi.

73:27 Substitution

Substitution Paulo Ferreira comes on in place of Juan Mata.

72:55

Neri Cardozo delivers the ball, Aldo De Nigris takes a shot. Save by Petr Cech.

71:42

Free kick awarded for a foul by Fernando Torres on Darvin Chavez. Free kick taken by Darvin Chavez.

70:34

Centre by Cesar Azpilicueta.

69:01

Shot by Neri Cardozo from 20 yards. Save by Petr Cech.

67:13

The referee blows for offside. Hiram Mier restarts play with the free kick.

65:25

Foul by Gary Cahill on Aldo De Nigris, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Neri Cardozo.

64:59

Frank Lampard produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide left of the target.

63:43

Jesus Corona produces a cross, save made by Petr Cech.

62:34 Substitution

Substitution Frank Lampard on for David Luiz.

62:02

Neri Cardozo delivers the ball, Gary Cahill manages to make a clearance. Neri Cardozo takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance by Gary Cahill.

58:33

The assistant referee signals for offside against Neri Cardozo. Petr Cech takes the direct free kick.

56:47 Substitution

Substitution Ricardo Osorio replaces Sergio Perez.

55:57

Corner taken right-footed by Eden Hazard.

54:08

Volleyed right-footed shot by Aldo De Nigris. Save by Petr Cech. Corner taken by Jesus Corona from the right by-line played to the near post, Branislav Ivanovic makes a clearance.

53:53

Centre by Jesus Corona, Gary Cahill gets a block in.

51:48

The assistant referee signals for offside against Juan Mata. Jonathan Orozco restarts play with the free kick.

49:29

Centre by Eden Hazard, save by Jonathan Orozco.

49:02

Jesus Corona delivers the ball, Gary Cahill manages to make a clearance.

47:33

Juan Mata provided the assist for the goal.

47:33 Goal scored

Goal! - Darvin Chavez - Monterrey 0 - 3 Chelsea Darvin Chavez puts the ball into his own net from 6 yards. Monterrey 0-3 Chelsea.

45:15

The assist for the goal came from Eden Hazard.

45:15 Goal scored

Goal! - Fernando Torres - Monterrey 0 - 2 Chelsea Fernando Torres grabs a goal from inside the penalty area to the top left corner of the goal. Monterrey 0-2 Chelsea.

45:01

The referee starts the second half.

45:00 +1:03 Half time

Half Time The half-time whistle blows.

45:00 +0:32

The ball is sent over by Cesar Delgado, comfortable save by Petr Cech.

44:20

Juan Mata takes a outswinging corner.

42:36

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Eden Hazard by Sergio Perez. Direct free kick taken by David Luiz.

41:56

Eden Hazard fouled by Severo Meza, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Mikel.

40:57

A cross is delivered by Walter Ayovi.

38:40

Centre by Jesus Corona, clearance by Cesar Azpilicueta. Short corner taken by Jesus Corona from the left by-line. Headed effort from deep inside the area by Aldo De Nigris misses to the right of the target. Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Eden Hazard by Sergio Perez. Free kick taken by Eden Hazard.

38:16

Jesus Corona crosses the ball.

37:05

Free kick awarded for a foul by Severo Meza on Mikel. Free kick taken by Mikel.

33:10

Foul by Aldo De Nigris on David Luiz, free kick awarded. Ashley Cole takes the direct free kick.

31:13

Mikel produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the target.

28:02

Shot from just outside the area by Cesar Delgado misses to the right of the target.

27:23

Severo Meza fouled by Fernando Torres, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Sergio Perez.

26:31

Foul by Emboaba Oscar on Walter Ayovi, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Darvin Chavez. A cross is delivered by Jesus Corona, Aldo De Nigris has a headed effort from close range and clears the crossbar.

25:58

Foul by Aldo De Nigris on Gary Cahill, free kick awarded. Gary Cahill takes the direct free kick.

22:48

Free kick awarded for a foul by Cesar Azpilicueta on Jose Maria Basanta. Jonathan Orozco takes the free kick.

21:47

Effort on goal by Ashley Cole from 25 yards. Jonathan Orozco makes a comfortable save.

18:49

Foul by Sergio Perez on Eden Hazard, free kick awarded. Juan Mata produces a cross, Branislav Ivanovic has a headed effort from close in and clears the bar.

16:57

Ashley Cole provided the assist for the goal. Walter Ayovi crosses the ball, comfortable save by Petr Cech.

16:57 Goal scored

Goal! - Juan Mata - Monterrey 0 - 1 Chelsea Juan Mata fires in a goal from inside the area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Monterrey 0-1 Chelsea.

13:28

Free kick awarded for a foul by Darvin Chavez on Cesar Azpilicueta. Cesar Azpilicueta takes the free kick.

12:41

Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Eden Hazard, Effort from deep inside the area by Branislav Ivanovic misses to the left of the target.

11:06

Cesar Delgado produces a left-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the net. Corner taken by Cesar Delgado from the right by-line, clearance made by Branislav Ivanovic. Corner from right by-line taken by Cesar Delgado.

9:43

The ball is swung over by Eden Hazard.

8:51

The offside flag is raised against Aldo De Nigris. Gary Cahill takes the free kick.

7:48

Eden Hazard delivers the ball, Jonathan Orozco makes a comfortable save.

7:21

Neri Cardozo sends in a cross, save by Petr Cech.

5:37

Eden Hazard has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the goal.

4:12

Neri Cardozo is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Direct free kick taken by Cesar Azpilicueta.

3:23

Shot by David Luiz from just outside the area goes over the net.

2:35

Foul by Cesar Azpilicueta on Jesus Corona, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Darvin Chavez.

0:00

The game gets underway.

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