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Chelsea to the final – FIFA Club World Cup

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The Blues (Chelsea) defeated the Asian champion and will face Palmeiras from Brazil to determine the world champion. Lukaku scored the winning goal for his team to get revenge and seek to become the first London team to be world champions.

By Facundo Di Bona (@facudibona).

Chelsea was the first and only team from London to win the Champions League in 2012 and added their second European title in 2021, but they have the outstanding debt of being world champions. Something that nobody in the capital of England has achieved.

The Blues managed to reach the FIFA Club World Cup final by beating Al Hilal 1-0 in the United Arab Emirates in a match that was close and could have been a draw.

Kai Havertz had a good play down the left, he shot the cross and Yasir Al-Shahrani, who was not expecting that ball, served up a rebound so that Romelu Lukaku only had to push for the goal.

Chelsea had already tried to break Al Hilal’s good defense: Lukaku received a good pass from Mateo Kovacic in the box, put his body in and finished, but goalkeeper Abdullah Al-Mayouf appeared.

The Saudis did not go wrong in the first half and were well planted in defense to go on the counterattack in search of the miracle, but the illusion lasted only half an hour.

The immensity of Chelsea’s names gave him a win over the quality and elaboration of the game. So much so that in the second half the English went completely out of the game and were unable to control the rival.

Al Hilal first took possession and then tried to get close with simplicity: Moussa Marega had the equalizer at his feet with an unrepeatable one-on-one, but goalkeeper Kepa denied a goal that would have been historic.

The Spanish goalkeeper saved his team again in the 70th minute after a tremendous shot by Mohamed Kanno from outside the area and in the previous play it had been Thiago Silva who crossed the path of a ball that was destined for a goal for Odion Ighalo.

Matheus Pereira at the end also warned the Blues that Al Hilal was ready to compete: he shot from outside and the ball hit the post.

Chelsea will have to rethink these scenarios because if they play with the same indifference in the final, Palmeiras from Brazil will have arguments to win.

The English will seek their first world title against Palmeiras on Saturday, a rival that beat Egypt’s Al-Ahly 2-0 and on neither of the two occasions it had the chance has it been crowned the best team in the world.

There are two statistics that can weigh on each side: Chelsea lost its only final against a Brazilian team and, more precisely, from San Pablo as it was Corinthians in 2012, while Palmeiras lost the final of the old Intercontinental Cup against another English team, Manchester United.

The final will have a stat to break, but we still don’t know which way the fortune coin will land.


 

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