Chelsea vs Palmeiras – Football Match Report – 12th February 2022
Chelsea won the FIFA Club World Cup after claiming a 2-1 victory over Palmeiras after extra time at Abu Dhabi’s Mohammed bin Zayed Stadium on Saturday.
Kai Havertz scored a 117th-minute penalty as the Premier League giants won the competition for the first time in club history.
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In a tight affair, Romelu Lukaku opened the scoring in the second half but the Brazilian side caught them thanks to a Raphael Veiga penalty.
However, Havertz – who also netted the winning goal in last season’s Champions League final – stepped up with a late penalty as Thomas Tuchel claimed his third trophy since taking charge of Chelsea in January 2021.
Chelsea have now won every major club trophy since Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich took over in 2003.
“It never stops. We want to keep winning trophies,” Tuchel said in a pitchside interview before his side received their medals from FIFA President Gianni Infantino.
“At the end of the day, if you score late, you need luck to do it, but we were relentless and we kept trying.”
Both teams failed to create many clear chances in the first half and Chelsea suffered a blow when Mason Mount was sent off after 29 minutes through injury.
The game came to life after 54 minutes when Callum Hudson-Odoi produced a fine cross which was converted from Lukaku with a clinical header.
However, Palmeiras was awarded a penalty 10 minutes later after VAR ruled Thiago Silva for handling the ball from a corner.
Veiga stepped up and converted the kick to equalize for the Brazilians as the game ended in extra time.
With the game looking set for a penalty shootout, Chelsea were awarded a penalty after VAR ruled that Luan Garcia had blocked Cesar Azpilicueta’s strike with his hand.
Havertz converted the penalty with ease and Palmeiras’ misery was complete when Luan was sent off in stoppage time for a desperate tackle on the German striker.
Meanwhile, Egyptian side Al Ahly won the third-place playoff, beating Al Hilal 4-0.
Information from Reuters has been included in this report.