We look forward to seeing you again at the finals!
As a result of their victory today, Chelsea have assured that a European team has reached the final of the Club World Cup for the 17th consecutive year – a streak that dates back to 2005, when the tournament first took on its current format.
19:20 That’s all there is to it! Chelsea hung on for a 1-0 victory in the first half, thanks to a strike from Romelu Lukaku. At times, Chelsea’s task was difficult, and they needed two outstanding saves from Kepa in the second half to keep their lead. The European champions will now square off against the South American champions, Palmeiras, in the Club World Cup final on Saturday.
19:17 Chelsea are applying the pressure now that Azpilicueta’s dangerous cross has been taken away. A thrilling equaliser from Al-Hilal is still possible with just two minutes of stoppage time remaining.
19:02 What appeared to be a straightforward victory for Chelsea has turned into something far more dramatic, with the Blues having been second best for the previous 5-10 minutes. Al-Hilal will be confident in their ability to grab an equaliser with 15 minutes left on the clock.
18:55 Kepa comes up with another outstanding save to preserve Chelsea in the lead! Kanno scores with a wonderful curling attempt from 20 yards out, and the Spanish goalkeeper is forced to make a diving save to preserve the game level. As we approach the 70th minute, Al-Hilal is putting on some good pressure.
18:42 As we approach the 55-minute mark, the European champions continue to appear to be the more dangerous of the two teams. They’ve taken a total of 12 shots, with three of them finding the target, compared to Al-five Hilal’s and one. A second goal would very certainly put the game out of reach.
18:34 Chelsea are on the verge of scoring their second goal as Havertz outruns his opponent with a beautiful turn on the flank. A chip from the German bears down on goal, but it bounces over the outside of the post as it appears to have been taken too far outside.
18:16 Chelsea lead 1-0 at halftime in a game that they have largely dominated on the offensive. Despite being outplayed by Asian champions Al-Hilal, Kepa hasn’t been disturbed much so far. The visitors will attempt to come back into the game in the second half.
Romelu Lukaku with the goal which itself wasn’t special but he has played very well here. Ziyech bright, Kovacic excellent and the Blues are on course to reach the #CWC final. #CFC