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Corinthians beat Chelsea 1-0 to win the Club World Cup

Associated Press
Dec 16, 2012 at 06:47pm IST

Yokohama: 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 it off to Danilo, whose shot deflected off a defender before Guerrero stole in to head the looping ball past goalkeeper Petr Cech.

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, who this month became the first defending champions to be eliminated in the group stage of the Champions League. Chelsea were 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 striker 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.

Corinthians beat Chelsea 1-0 to win the Club World Cup

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

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

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