For the first time since 2006, the FIFA Club World Cup trophy has not gone to a European club, as Chelsea FC lost to Sao Paulo-based Corinthians 1-0 in Yokohama on Saturday. The Independent says that Chelsea was “outmuscled” by the Brazilian club, which played more like a Premier League team, and became only the second club to win the competition twice (the other is FC Barcelona).
After the game, Chelsea striker Fernando Torres came under criticism for missing “a hatful of chances.” While he may have bagged five goals against the likes of Nordsjaelland, Sunderland and Monterrey, Chelsea coach Rafael Benitez agreed that the Spaniard needs to start scoring goals on big occasions. “He was there and he had the chances,” said Benitez. “He scored a goal that was disallowed. I agree that he has to take these chances in a final because it’s not easy to create too many. If you have two or three you have to score.”
Torres’ did have a goal rightly disallowed for offside, but a few minutes later he missed a golden chance to equalize when put through one-on-one with Corinthians’ goalkeeper Cassio, who was named man of the match. “We knew it would be a tough game against a good team and, in the end, it has gone like this,” Benitez added. “They had one chance and scored, and we didn’t take our chances. That was the difference.”