Club World Cup: Monterrey v Chelsea - Live coverage - The Independent

Club World Cup: Monterrey v Chelsea

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

  • Welcome to our live coverage of Chelsea's Club World Cup semi-final.

    This morning's match kicks off at 10.30am. We will be taking you through the game with live reporting on all the goals, action and talking points.

    Here are today's teams...
    12/13/2012 10:01:42 AM
  • CHELSEA: Cech, Azpilicueta, Ivanovic, Cahill, Cole, Luiz, Mikel, Oscar, Mata, Hazard, Torres
    12/13/2012 10:03:11 AM
  • MONTERREY: Orozco, Meza, Chavez, Mier, Perez, Basanta, Ayovi, Corona, Cardozo, Delgado, De Nigris.
    12/13/2012 10:04:28 AM
  • David Luiz appears set to start in midfield.

    12/13/2012 10:08:56 AM
  • The Chelsea team have been struggling to deal with the time difference and have not been sleeping well. Read more about it here.
    12/13/2012 10:10:15 AM
  • They have also been voicing their concerns about the new technology, with Rafa Benitez suggesting the new GoalRef balls are too heavy.
    12/13/2012 10:16:43 AM
  • Corinthians await in the final after they beat Al Ahly of Egypt in yesterday's semi-final.

    The Chelsea team have been struggling to deal with the time difference and have not been sleeping well.

    Monterrey won't enjoy many advantages over the European Champions but having had more time to acclimatise will be one.
    12/13/2012 10:18:26 AM
  • After just a matter of weeks, the pressure is on Benitez and he will view the competition as an important step in winning over the Chelsea fans
    12/13/2012 10:25:35 AM
  • The crowd inside the International Stadium in Yokohama looks a little sparse as the two teams line up but plenty of noise from the Blues contingent
    12/13/2012 10:27:34 AM
  • Bit of a wait to get this one started but we're under way.
    12/13/2012 10:30:38 AM
  • 1 min: Chelsea have begun brightly and Fernando Torres fails to get enough purchase on a header inside the area. Promising signs.
    12/13/2012 10:32:42 AM
  • 4 mins: David Luiz, playing in midfield today, rampages forward and shoots over.
    12/13/2012 10:35:05 AM
  • 6 mins: Luiz is already running the show. The Brazilian slips a fine ball through to Eden Hazard who slots his effort just wide of the post. Chelsea should be ahead already.
    12/13/2012 10:36:55 AM
  • 8 mins: Chelsea are enjoying a lot of space so far, particularly in midfield. Monterrey haven't really got out of their half yet.
    12/13/2012 10:39:09 AM
  • Luiz RUNNING this midfield #goonmyson #cfc
  • David Luiz should deffos play as a holding midfielder more often. Loves his skills
  • 10 mins: Hazard shows some quick feet but no-one can control his ball into the box.
    12/13/2012 10:41:24 AM
  • 12 mins: Monterrey force a couple of corners but Chelsea look fairly comfortable at the moment and Cahill deals with any potential threat.
    12/13/2012 10:42:57 AM
  • 13 mins: Some sloppy defending nearly lets in Oscar and from the resulting corner Ivanovic puts a shot wide. Chelsea look dangerous with every attack.
    12/13/2012 10:44:11 AM
  • The Chelsea fans who made the trip out to Japan can be heard singing the name of Roberto Di Matteo.
    12/13/2012 10:47:39 AM
  • 18 mins: GOAL! Eden Hazard again shows some silky skills and pulls the ball back for Juan Mata to strike the Blues into the lead.
    12/13/2012 10:48:37 AM
  • That goal has been coming. Chelsea have dominated proceedings during the opening 20 minutes and if Monterrey don't do something to alter their approach, this will be a comfortable win.
    12/13/2012 10:50:25 AM
  • Mata is incredible. Oscar will be one of the best in the world. Hazard will be twice the player next season. Team has so much potential.
  • 22 mins: Even Ashley Cole's getting in on the act as his long-range effort mildly tests the Mexican side's goalkeeper.
    12/13/2012 10:53:04 AM
  • Luiz is again at the heart of things, stringing play together in midfield. Looks like he's played there all his life. Some might say (even Gary Neville) that he's better there than at centre-back.
    12/13/2012 10:54:15 AM
  • 26 mins: Chelsea are in command and Monterrey haven't been able to muster any sort of attack until De Nigris beats Cech to the ball and heads over.
    12/13/2012 10:58:19 AM
  • 29 mins: Small signs that the Mexican side are settling into the game but a long-range effort is far too high to trouble Cech in the Chelsea goal.
    12/13/2012 10:59:33 AM
  • 32 mins: John Obi Mikel strikes high and wide but it's practically a stroll for the Blues currently.
    12/13/2012 11:02:36 AM
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  • He may not have many fans back home but Torres is loved in Japan.
    12/13/2012 11:05:54 AM
  • 39 mins: De Nigris just fails to reach a cross from the left as Monterrey build a little pressure.
    12/13/2012 11:09:26 AM
  • 40 mins: The ball comes in and De Nigris again finds space but can only divert his header wide of the goal. Despite their superiority, Chelsea will have to watch carefully they go into the break with their lead.
    12/13/2012 11:10:55 AM
  • Luiz should play in mid , hazard n Torres must strike
    12/13/2012 11:11:12 AM
  • 12/13/2012 11:12:52 AM
  • This supporter has enjoyed the first-half ...
    12/13/2012 11:13:05 AM
  • Reports that Pep Guardiola is in the stadium watching today's match. Keeping an eye on his future team perhaps?
    12/13/2012 11:13:44 AM
  • Luiz should 100% play midfield, great player
    12/13/2012 11:15:11 AM
  • HALF-TIME: Monterrey 0 Chelsea 1. Benitez will be satisfied with his side's display in the first half although he may be a bit miffed why they haven't added to their lead. It's been a performance led by David Luiz, who has stood out in midfield with his link-up play alongside Hazard, Mata and Oscar.
    12/13/2012 11:19:03 AM
  • What do you make of Chelsea's performance so far? Tell us your thoughts by commenting above.
    12/13/2012 11:23:25 AM
  • Hazard is not good as a striker, he is a game builder so he should play as a winger.
    Mata can be utilized as a striker.
    12/13/2012 11:24:08 AM
  • Yes yes Chelsea is leading,now just one more goal pls^^
  • chelsea chelsea chelsea... #PRIDEOFLONDON
  • What is it with the Torres-loving in Japan?

    12/13/2012 11:26:44 AM
  • David Luiz should switch to midfield on a permanent basis according to our poll. You can still vote by clicking here.
    12/13/2012 11:27:02 AM
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