Havertz sets new record as Chelsea win first Club World Cup
Chelsea become the third English side to be crowned champions of the tournament
After failing in their first attempt, Chelsea have finally broken the jinx and have now won their first Club World Cup title with a 2-1 win over Brazilian side Palmeiras after extra time in Abu Dhabi.
Germany international Kai Havertz converted from the penalty spot in the 117th minute to seal victory for Thomas Tuchel’s side.
2 - Kai Havertz is the first player to score the match-winning goal in the both the UEFA Champions League final and then the subsequent FIFA Club World Cup final since Lionel Messi for Barcelona in 2011. Occasion. pic.twitter.com/HD9YOX9U9y— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) February 12, 2022
Referee Chris Beath was sent to the pitchside monitor after Luan Garcia blocked a shot with his hand.
The reigning Champions League holders struggled to create chances in the first half but broke the deadlock in the 55th minute when Romelu Lukaku rose highest to head the ball home in what was a well-worked and well-executed move.
Despite going a goal down, Palmeiras remained resilient and continued to put the west London side under pressure. Their moment came when Chelsea defender Thiago Silva attempted to defend an aerial challenge but was deemed to have handled the ball in the penalty area.
Following a check from the video assistant referee, Beath pointed to the spot. Raphael Veiga drew his side level, sending Edouard Mendy, who was selected ahead of Kepa Arrizabalaga, the wrong way.
Chelsea, making only their second appearance in the final, become the third English side to be crowned champions of the tournament following Manchester United’s and Liverpool’s success in 2008 and 2019 respectively.