The last semi-final between Chelsea and CF Monterrey just came to an end a few moments ago, with the ‘Blues’ beating the Mexican team by 3-1 (Spaniards Juan Mata’s and Fernando Torres goals, and own goal by Chávez scored for Chelsea) and ensuring a place in next december 16th (11:30 CET) final against Brazilian team Corinthians.
Blues coach – Rafa Benitez – has now two World Club Titles (Won also in 2010 with Inter Milan) without being the coach that won the Champions League in both cases (José Mourinho won for Inter Milan and Di Matteo for Chelsea). Curiously, when managed to do that with Liverpool (2005), he lost the FIFA’s Club World Cup against Brazilian team São Paulo (1 nill).
The match to decide 3rd place will join CF Monterrey and Egyptian and African Champions Al Ahly. This game will be held also on December 16th (08:30 CET).
If you want to learn more about this competition history and format please check our earlier post:
We remember also that FIFA allowed in this competition, for the first ever in Football, the use of Goal Line technology.
We also published the features of the technology in usage in a previous post:
Although UEFA’s President, Michele Platini, opposes to this improvement, players, at least judging by Frank Lampard statements are keen to this innovation being brought to the rules of the game:
“I think we’re all well aware, not just of my goal or non-goal but especially so many crucial goals over the last few seasons in club and international football. It’s too important an issue to let it go any more. It’s a no-brainer to bring it in and make the calls correctly. Of course, it was such a high-profile game in the World Cup, England against Germany, and such a blatant case of the ball crossing the line. It made everybody sit up and take notice a bit.”