Paolo Guerrero (R) of Corinthians fights for the ball with
Gary Cahill of Chelsea during their FIFA Club World Cup
final in Yokohama. REUTERS/Toru Hanai
Paolo Guerrero poached a 69th-minute winner as South
American champions Corinthians ambushed Chelsea to win the Club
World Cup, triggering wild celebrations in Yokohama.
Chelsea, who had been under pressure to win the tournament
after becoming the first holders to exit the Champions League
at the group stage, missed a string of chances.
"It doesn't matter how skilful the opposition is, our players
have the work-rate, energy and teamwork to overcome,"
Corinthians coach Tite told reporters after the final ended
"They have a great telepathy," added the 51-year-old, who
guided the Sao Paulo club to the Brazilian title in 2011 and
the Libertadores Cup earlier this year.
Their smash-and-grab over Chelsea completed a remarkable
turnaround after Corinthians were relegated at the end of
"With this tournament and the Libertadores Cup we've now gone
16 games and conceded only four goals," said Tite. "The way
we managed the game was excellent."
Gary Cahill, sent off in the last minute, Fernando Torres and
Victor Moses were denied by brilliant saves from goalkeeper
Cassio in a game the English side largely dominated.
Corinthians, who won the first Club World Cup in 2000, caught
Chelsea cold when Peru striker Guerrero headed home from
close range after Danilo's shot looped up off Cahill's boot.
"I'm delighted to have scored two goals," said Guerrero,
scorer of his side's winner in their 1-0 semi-final victory
over Egypt's Al-Ahly.
"But it's more important for Corinthians to be world
"We knew that it would be extremely tough to beat the
champions of Europe but we gave 100 percent and more. I think
we deserved to win the cup."
Torres had a late effort superbly blocked by tournament MVP
Cassio and a stoppage-time header ruled out for offside.
The Corinthians players celebrated by dancing and hugging
each other as fireworks exploded and some 15,000 travelling
fans among the crowd of 68,000 began a fiesta set to go on
Chelsea's interim manager Rafael Benitez refused to make
excuses after his second loss in three appearances with three
different clubs at the FIFA tournament.
"They had one chance and scored," said the Spaniard. "We
didn't take our chances. We had four clear chances and we
didn't take them. That was the difference."
Cahill's red card, for kicking striker Emerson in retaliation
for an elbow in the face, had no bearing on the result, said
"He lost his temper but it didn't make a difference to the
result," said Benitez, who will be without Cahill for
Chelsea's League Cup quarter-final at Leeds United on
Cahill expressed regret but blamed Emerson's theatrical
tumble for convincing the referee to send him off.
"I've tackled the guy, we tangled legs and he lashed out with
his arm and hit me in the face," said Cahill. "I'm angry
about it, but also at my reaction.
"I touched him in the shin - it probably wouldn't have
knocked over my one-year-old daughter yet he's rolling around
five or six times."
Frank Lampard, captain in the absence of John Terry who was
receiving treatment for injury back in London, failed to mask
"It's a big disappointment to come all this way and not to
win," he said after making his first start since returning
from a calf injury. "We knew it would be a tough game.
"The game's about scoring goals and unfortunately we didn't
take our chances. They were very organised and set up well to
stop us playing.
"Now we have to go back and win a run of games to keep
ourselves in the title race and push on in every
European sides had won the last five Club World Cups, Benitez
winning it with Inter Milan in 2010 and losing in the 2005
final as manager of Liverpool.
The Spaniard, an unpopular appointment among Chelsea fans
after the sacking of Roberto Di Matteo last month, could face
a hostile return after the team's failure in Japan.
"We can take away positives from this," said Benitez, whose
decision to start Moses in place of Oscar surprised even his
opposite number Tite.
"You can see we're improving. We have to play at Leeds and
then we have Aston Villa. We have to be mentally strong. "
Oscar denied Brazilian media reports that he had called
Benitez "crazy" to leave him out.
"I respect the coach's decision," he said. "I'm just
disappointed that when I came on we were 1-0 down and I
couldn't do anything to help the team."