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Chelsea 2-1 Palmeiras: Blues win first Club World Cup courtesy of extra time penalty from German international Kai Havertz.

 

Chelsea defeated Palmeiras 2-1 in Club World Cup final to lift the trophy for the first time in club history; Belgium international Romelu Lukaku put Chelsea into a second-half lead before Raphael Veiga level scores, taking the match into extra-time; Kai Havertz scored a last-ditch penalty kick to affirm victory for the London club.

 

kai havertz extra time penalty wins club world cup for chelsea

 

Chelsea claims their maiden Club World Cup trophy after German international Kai Havertz extra-time penalty gave them a 2-1 spirited win over Palmeiras in Abu Dhabi(UAE).

 

Chelsea was hoping for a swift finish to their quest for a clean sweep of major global club championships after Romelu Lukaku’s 10th goal of the season.

 

 

Palmeiras, on the other hand, had different intentions, as Raphael Veiga’s penalty forced extra time at the Mohammed Bin Zayed Stadium. In a difficult moment for the 37-year-old Brazilian defender against his compatriots, Thiago Silva was penalized for handball for Veiga’s spot-kick.

 

Chelsea, on the other hand, were rewarded for their refusal to tighten up in the extra 30 minutes, and they duly triumphed where they had failed in Japan in 2012. Luan, a defender for Palmeiras, gave up the penalty kick that gave Chelsea the win.

 

The Brazilian club from Sao Paolo put forth a valiant effort to suffocate Chelsea, but the Londoners’ superior quality and determination eventually prevailed.

 

Chelsea has won the World Cup for the first time, adding to their Champions League and European Super Cup titles. In the midst of the stress of a steamy Abu Dhabi night, onlooker Roman Abramovich appeared as nervous as the handful of Chelsea fans, gripping his knees at one point. Since owning Chelsea in 2003, the billionaire has overseen the club’s full house of major club titles.

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Manager Thomas Tuchel was even able to join in the festivities as exuberant Blues players danced and hugged in a circle on the pitch, having made it out to Abu Dhabi after Covid-19 self-isolation. Two hours before kick-off, the 16,000 Palmeiras supporters erupted into a frenzy.

 

As the Brazilians took a breather, the FIFA pre-match program muted the atmosphere a little, but the green-clad fans were back to nonstop chanting by kick-off.

 

Chelsea were frustrated by Palmeiras’ low block on several occasions, but they were also unable to generate any sort of rhythm.

 

As a swarm of players tumbled over one other, Callum Hudson-deep Odoi’s cross eluded everyone in the box.

 

Cesar Azpilicueta climbed to his feet to find himself in a good position, with Palmeiras goalkeeper Weverton potentially stranded, but the Chelsea captain lost his bearings and the opportunity was squandered.

 

After a clever spinning effort, Dudu blasted over the bar, then squandered a major chance by blasting just wide after a rapid break.

 

Mason Mount was subsequently forced to leave the game dejectedly, possibly due to a recurrence of the leg problem he had suffered in the 2-1 FA Cup victory over Plymouth.

 

Thiago Silva was forced to play as a facilitator by Chelsea’s match-specific tactics, and his raking passes came dangerously near to severing the Brazilians’ defence.

 

He eventually thumped in a long-range effort that nearly caught Weverton off guard due to a lack of movement and fluidity forward.

 

The Palmeiras goalkeeper went full stretch to push the ball around the post, but Chelsea was unable to make anything happen from the subsequent corner.

 

Because of Palmeiras’ domination in the stands, Chelsea’s scanty fans only managed to make themselves known for the first time in the opening stages of the second half.

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Chelsea took the lead the first time they broke in behind Palmeiras on the wing.

 

Hudson-first Odoi’s left-footed cross of the game was a beauty, and Lukaku’s finish was equally as sweet.

 

The Blues intended to seize charge but were swiftly thwarted when Silva, who had previously been faultless, was sent off for a handball in the area.

 

After a VAR examination, Silva was found to have handled after battling Gustavo Gomez for a clearing header, and the penalty was granted.

 


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When Veiga drilled the spot-kick home, he showed no fear, sending Edouard Mendy the wrong way. In a tense finale to normal time, neither team could achieve any additional breakthrough, therefore an extra 30 minutes was added.

 

Chelsea went about their business of trying to win the title without the use of penalties, and Christian Pulisic came close to scoring a second goal for the Blues. Chelsea won an extra-time spot-kick just as the contest appeared to be heading for a shootout.

 

After another VAR review, Luan was penalized for blocking a shot with his hand, but Havertz kept his calm to score in style.

 

 

Luan was subsequently sent off to add insult to injury, but the Blues deserved their victory and the chance to add to their trophy collection in the end.

 

Reactions after the game

 

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel said: Changes we made which decided Club World Cup final

 

 

‘It was not easy to shoot that penalty,’ Chelsea boss praised Havertz.‘I’m happy that Kai stepped up and took it the way he took it. This can only be good for his development.

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‘We changed the structure in the second half,’ he revealed, ‘and found the spaces better and scored a wonderful goal and had two or three good chances or half-chances after that. Then in a moment where we were in total control and were the better team and seemed to find spaces better and better and to implement a higher rhythm, at this moment, we gave a penalty away from a throw-on which is very unusual.’

 

‘But I have to say we never stopped attacking, never stopped trying and for the extra time, we changed the structure again and had a different structure to attack and to defend counter-attacks. The team did very, very well in extra time to control the match completely and the guys from the bench had a huge impact.

‘Of course, if you have a late penalty you’re also lucky but I think we deserved it because we did not allow a lot of chances and we never stopped trying and never stopped being active and doing the most for the game.’

 

Match Winner Kai Havertz said: I dreamed of this as a kid

 

 

“It’s amazing. After champions of Europe, we are now champions of the world. It sounds better.

 

“I was nervous [taking the penalty], I have to be honest. It’s a big penalty. It’s just crazy. It was good I kept the nerves. I am very happy.

 

“I was the third penalty taker but I was the only one left on the pitch.

 

“My teammates gave me trust. I dreamed always as a kid of this. This is an amazing feeling for me.”

 

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Chelsea is in the third spot in the Premier League with a lot of catching up to do in the race for the Premier League title will play Crystal Palace in a London derby next Saturday.