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Club World Cup: Corinthians v Chelsea

Live minute-by-minute text commentary and goals from the Club World Cup final in Japan

  • Welcome to today's live text coverage of the Club World Cup final between Corinthians and Chelsea. Blues boss Rafael Benitez will view this as a real chance to pick up some silverware early in his reign but Corinthians will be no pushover. One man looking forward to the clash is David Luiz, who will face his boyhood idols today
    12/16/2012 10:06:43 AM
  • In the third place play-off earlier today, Monterrey beat Al-Ahly 2-0 thanks to goals from Jesus Corona and Cesar Delgado
    12/16/2012 10:10:08 AM
  • Some interesting Chelsea team news as Frank Lampard returns to captain the side and Luiz reverts back to central defence ...
    12/16/2012 10:13:28 AM
  • Benitez has also recalled Ramires and Victor Moses. Full line-ups to follow ...
    12/16/2012 10:14:17 AM
  • CHELSEA: Cech, Ivanovic, Cole, Cahill, Luiz, Ramires, Lampard, Moses, Mata, Hazard, Torres.Subs: Turnbull, Oscar, Mikel, Ferreira, Marin, Sturridge, Terry, Azpilicueta, Bertrand,
    Piazon, Saville, Hilario.
    12/16/2012 10:19:47 AM
  • CORINTHIANS: Cassio; Alessandro, Paulo Andre, Chicao, Fabio Santos, Paulinho, Ralf, Danilo, J Henrique, Emerson; Guerrero. Subs: J Cesar, F Danilo, Wallace, Martinez, Douglas, A Polga, W Arao, Edenilson, Guilherme, Felipe, Giovanni, Romarinho
    12/16/2012 10:21:45 AM
  • The decision by Benitez to move David Luiz back to centre-back is an interesting one. In Friday's semi-final win over Monterrey, the Brazilian was the one really pulling the strings in midfield and he looked far more comfortable in that position.
    12/16/2012 10:25:24 AM
  • The pre-match preparations are over and we're off
    12/16/2012 10:30:42 AM
  • 4 mins: An untidy opening to the match as both sides try to suss each other out.
    12/16/2012 10:34:43 AM
  • One early observation from today's match is that there is certainly not the space in midfield that Chelsea enjoyed in their semi-final. Corinthians look a far more organised outfit.
    12/16/2012 10:37:57 AM
  • 9 mins: It's very cat-and-mouse currently. The Brazilians appear happy to sit back and counter-attack.
    12/16/2012 10:40:15 AM
  • 10 mins: Chelsea close to an opening goal as the corner comes in and Gary Cahill forces a sharp stop from Cassio.
    12/16/2012 10:41:16 AM
  • 11 mins: There's been a few tasty Chelsea challenges in the opening minutes and surprisingly the referee hasn't yet got his yellow cards out. Ramires the latest to escape after a late tackle.
    12/16/2012 10:42:27 AM
  • Feel free to send us your comments during today's match using the comment option above. Let us know your thoughts on Luiz at the back and Lamps as skipper.
    12/16/2012 10:44:42 AM
  • 18 mins: Mata loses out in midfield but is bailed out by Luiz as he sees off the danger of Corinthians striker Emerson.
    12/16/2012 10:48:31 AM
  • 19 mins: Henrique tries his luck on goal but it's an easy one for Cech to deal with in the Chelsea goal.
    12/16/2012 10:49:25 AM
  • 20 mins: Again the Chelsea midfield lose possession to allow Paulinho, reportedly a Blues transfer target, to shoot an effort over. Benitez's men yet to settle.
    12/16/2012 10:51:06 AM
  • Chelsea supporters are out in their numbers in Japan

    12/16/2012 10:51:22 AM
  • 22 mins: Chelsea win a free-kick in an inviting position but Luiz's runs up and seems to scuff it into the base of the wall.
    12/16/2012 10:52:58 AM
  • 24 mins: Corinthians are providing a real test at the moment. They're well set-up, comfortable and confident in possession and disciplined.
    12/16/2012 10:54:50 AM
  • 27 mins: Some trickery on the wing from Victor Moses but no end product so far from one of three changes made to the Chelsea side today.
    12/16/2012 10:57:36 AM
  • 29 mins: Some slack defensive play allows the ball to run through for Emerson but the forward blazes over the bar from a promising position.
    12/16/2012 10:59:40 AM
  • 33 mins: Moses nearly finds a way through but a loose first-touch means the ball runs harmlessly out for a goal-kick.
    12/16/2012 11:03:48 AM
  • Chelsea's passing hasn't been top notch so far and that is due to the tremendous pressure and energy being shown by their opponents.
    12/16/2012 11:04:47 AM
  • 35 mins: Corinthians go close to breaking the deadlock. Confusion in the Blues defence leads to a chance from a tight angle for Guerrero that hits the outside of the post.
    12/16/2012 11:05:54 AM
  • 36 mins: Ashley Cole drags a long-range shot well wide. Such is the pressure being put on the man in possession, Chelsea are having to resort to distance efforts.
    12/16/2012 11:07:14 AM
  • 38 mins: Sharp save by Cassio as Lampard picks out Torres perfectly and the Spanish striker fails to properly capitalise.
    12/16/2012 11:08:40 AM
  • 40 mins: Best action of the half from the Blues. Moses works space to curl a shot that looks to be heading for the far corner of the net before a great save from Cassio denies him.
    12/16/2012 11:10:44 AM
  • 42 mins: Chelsea look like they are beginning to warm to their task now. Cassio has to be alert once more to deny Juan Mata from range.
    12/16/2012 11:12:21 AM
  • Eden Hazard tries to make a breakthrough but is stopped by some resolute Corinthians defending. The story of the half so far.

    12/16/2012 11:13:35 AM
  • Here in Brasil people consider that Corinthians is doing much better than expected. They played really badly the semifinal. Last year, Santos FC lost 4-0 to Barcelona, we thought it could be the same today. Actually, after first nervous minutes, Corinthians is doing well.
    12/16/2012 11:15:15 AM
  • Into extra-time at the end of the first-half ...
    12/16/2012 11:16:03 AM
  • HALF-TIME: Corinthians 0-0 Chelsea
    12/16/2012 11:16:53 AM
  • It's been a testing first-half for Chelsea. They enjoyed plenty of the ball against Monterrey on Friday but today's match is proving a much sterner task.
    12/16/2012 11:18:42 AM
  • Rafa Benitez does have options on the bench and if his side continues to struggle to break down Corinthians he'll surely think about introducing Oscar.
    12/16/2012 11:20:06 AM
  • Moments to go until the start of the second-half and Chelsea will be hoping they can get their attacking play going. They've not been allowed to create much in the way of goalscoring chances but they'll be hoping Corinthians discipline drops a touch to allow them more space
    12/16/2012 11:33:10 AM
  • And we're off in the second-half ...
    12/16/2012 11:33:25 AM
  • 51 mins: Hazard finds Lampard but the Chelsea skipper's shot is quickly closed down. Absolutely no quarter being given by the Brazilians.
    12/16/2012 11:38:41 AM
  • Corinthians look extremely well-drilled today and Chelsea need to find a way to be more creative and break them down.
    12/16/2012 11:41:09 AM
  • 54 mins: Mata nearly finds a way through with a jinking run but again the chance peters out in frustration for the Blues.
    12/16/2012 11:41:47 AM
  • 56 mins: Corinthians striker Jorge Henrique picks up the first booking of the match.
    12/16/2012 11:43:49 AM
  • David Luiz hasn't enjoyed as much of the ball so far today. The Brazilian is playing back in central defence despite an impressive display in midfield on Friday.

    12/16/2012 11:46:02 AM
  • 63 mins: Ivanovic has to be on his guard to ward off a Corinthians attacker and divert the ball out for a corner.
    12/16/2012 11:50:34 AM
  • 64 mins: Paulinho has shown glimpses of his talent today and shoots not far wide as Corinthians look to be more positive in attack.
    12/16/2012 11:51:35 AM
  • 66 mins: Fernando Torres has again not enjoyed the best of days. He is easily brushed off the ball and isn't really giving the Corinthians backline much to worry about.
    12/16/2012 11:55:04 AM
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