x Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 17 January 2018

Club World Cup: Monterrey 1, Chelsea 3

Juan Mata promises Chelsea fans a party as the European champions reach the final of the Club World Cup with a win over Mexico's Monterrey.

Juan Mata promises a "party" for Chelsea fans after he helps the Blues reach the final of the Club World Cup at Yokohama, Japan.
Juan Mata promises a "party" for Chelsea fans after he helps the Blues reach the final of the Club World Cup at Yokohama, Japan.

Juan Mata promised Chelsea's intrepid band of travelling fans a "football party" after booking their place in the Club World Cup final with a one-sided victory against Monterrey on Thursday.

Mata opened the scoring in a 3-1 win for Rafael Benitez's men that sets up a meeting with Corinthians of Brazil in Sunday's showpiece match in Japan.

Mata's 11th goal of the season gave the European champions the edge at the interval, and three minutes into the second period they were three goals to the good thanks to a Fernando Torres strike and a Darvin Chavez own goal.

A small group of travelling Chelsea fans cheered on their team at a half-empty Nissan Stadium in Yokohama, and Mata has vowed to put on a show this weekend as the Blues bid to be crowned the top club side in world football.

"I'm so glad today, the way that we won," Mata told BBC Sport.

"For us it is a very important tournament. We want to win this trophy, to be world champions, and on Sunday we will try our best to win.

"I'm very happy with my goal. In the second half we started really well, we were really focused on scoring more goals and we did it with Fernando and the own goal, so 3-1 is a good result for us."

Looking ahead to Sunday's final, the Spain international added: "We have confidence but we know that Corinthians are a really good team, one of the best in South America.

"They have a lot of supporters here with them but we have our supporters as well, and it will be a football party and hopefully we will win."

Chelsea shook off their Japanese jet lag and used an early second-half blitz to brush aside Monterrey.

The European champions did not get out of second gear in the opening 45 minutes but Torres' strike and Chavez's own goal put them safely on the road to victory.

Aldo de Negris fired a stoppage-time consolation for Mexico's Concacaf champions but Benitez's men barely broke sweat otherwise against in match that proved as one-sided as predicted and did not trouble the goal-line technology being used in Yokohama either.

The attempts before the game to talk up the importance of the Club World Cup - the bits of it that take place before Sunday's final anyway - were made to look rather silly by the sparse crowd that turned up to witness this affair.

Interim Blues manager Benitez lived up to his promise to field a strong team, although he sprung one major surprise by starting David Luiz in midfield for the first time.

But just as the inevitable 16th-minute chants of "One Di Matteo" from the travelling Chelsea fans in support of former boss Roberto Di Matteo were in full swing, Mata came to his fellow Spaniard's rescue by opening the scoring.

Monterrey gave away possession and Ashley Cole put the ball on a plate for Mata to sidefoot home.

It took less than 20 seconds of the second half for Chelsea to double their lead, the excellent Eden Hazard getting around the back before squaring for Torres to score via a huge deflection.

Barely two minutes later and it was game over, Torres's brilliant low cross finding Mata, whose ball back across goal hit the unfortunate Chavez and trickled in.


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