Corinthians beats Chelsea 1-0 in Club WCup final

Peruvian striker Paolo Guerrero scored in the 69th minute Sunday
to give Corinthians a 1-0 victory over Chelsea in the final of the
Club World Cup.

After the Brazilian team withstood steady pressure from Chelsea,
Paulinho broke into the box and laid the ball off to Danilo, whose
shot deflected off a defender before Guerrero stole in to head the
looping ball past goalkeeper Petr Cech.

This victory is the result of teamwork, each player played his
own role,” said Corinthians coach Tite. ”There were a lot of
elements to this victory. We created many chances and it was a high
quality match for us. We used our marking system in the second
half, we did get tired but we stayed calm.”

The Copa Libertadores champions joined Barcelona as the only
teams to win the tournament twice, adding to their first title in
2000.

The loss adds to recent disappointments for Chelsea, which
became the first European champions since 2006 to not win the Club
World Cup and this month became the first defending champion to be
eliminated in the group stage of the Champions League.

”You could see today from the first minute it was going to be
tough, they were very physical and organized,” said Chelsea
manager Rafa Benitez, who was coaching in his third Club World Cup
final. ”We had many chances but their `keeper was man of the
match.”

Chelsea was reduced to 10 men when Gary Cahill was given a
straight red card for a rough challenge on Emerson in the final
minute of regulation. Fernando Torres headed in a goal in injury
time but it was ruled offside.

The Brazilians had Cassio to thank for keeping them level with
some fine goalkeeping in the first half.

Chelsea went close in the 11th minute on a close-range effort by
Cahill but Cassio kept the ball from crossing the line with a
diving save.

He came up big again in the 39th when he dove to his left to
knock away an angled shot from Victor Moses with one hand.

Emerson blazed a through ball over the crossbar from the top of
the area in the 29th for Corinthians’ best chance of the first
half.

Frank Lampard, in only his third game back from a six-week
injury layoff, was a surprise starter for Chelsea.

”We knew it was going to be a tough game,” Lampard said.
”They were very organized on counterattack. It was disappointing
to come all the way out here and not win it.”

The tournament was the first to feature goal-line technology.
Magnetic-field-based system GoalRef was used at Yokohama Stadium
while Toyota Stadium was equipped with the camera-based Hawk-Eye
system but neither came into play.

Earlier, Mexican club Monterrey defeated Al-Ahly of Egypt 2-0 to
capture third place.