Chelsea thrash Monterrey in Club Cup

European champions Chelsea outclassed Mexican side Monterrey 3-1 at the Club World Cup in Japan on Thursday to set up a mouthwatering final clash with Brazilian giants Corinthians.

  • Published: 14/12/2012 at 12:12 AM
  • Newspaper section: breakingnews

The English Premier League club, debuting at the intercontinental tournament, dominated large spells of the first half and had the match sewn up shortly into the second -- scoring two goals within three minutes of the restart.

Monterrey were bidding to become the first CONCACAF champions to reach a Club World Cup final, but the strength of Chelsea's David Luiz in midfield, coupled with the trickery of Juan Mata and Eden Hazard proved too much for the Mexicans.

"It was a good game, high tempo, good play, great goals and great movement so lots of positives for us," interim Chelsea boss Rafael Benitez said.

"We knew they were a good team, but we didn't know if they would be a good team against us," he added.

"The reaction of the team, especially at the start of the second half, was quite good so I'm very pleased with the performance."

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