Corinthians defeat Chelsea to take Club World Cup title
Corinthians' goalkeeper Cassio and teammate Chicao (centre) scramble to stop a shot from Chelsea's Gary Cahill (second left). Photo: Reuters
YOKOHAMA: Brazil's Corinthians beat England's Chelsea 1-0 in the final of soccer's FIFA Club World Cup on Sunday to end a run of five straight titles for European teams.
Paolo Guerrero got the only goal at the International Stadium in Yokohama, Japan, as Corinthians won the competition for a second time. They won the inaugural title in 2000.
Chelsea's Gary Cahill was red-carded in the 90th minute.
The last South American champion was Brazil's Internacional in 2006. Since then Barcelona had lifted the trophy twice, with AC Milan, Manchester United and Inter Milan also winners.
Corinthians secured a spot in the tournament after winning its first Copa Libertadores title in South America. The champions of each continent's soccer federation compete for the Club World Cup, with this year's seventh participant Sanfrecce Hiroshima, winner of Japan's J-League.
Guerrero scored after 69 minutes with a close-range header after reacting more quickly than Chelsea's defenders.
Chelsea had opportunities to score late in the game, but Fernando Torres was only able to hit a shot straight at the goalkeeper with about five minutes remaining.
Cahill was then dismissed following a clash with Emerson, although the English team continued to press. Torres headed the ball into the net in injury time only to see his effort ruled out for offside. Juan Mata then tried to score from an acute angle.
"It was always going to be a tough game," Chelsea's England midfielder Frank Lampard told the BBC. "We had enough chances. We're disappointed to get all the way here and not win it."
The defeat halts an improved run of results by Chelsea of three straight wins in all competitions. The Blues hired Rafael Benitez, who won the Club World Cup in 2010 with Inter Milan, after firing Roberto Di Matteo last month.
Earlier in the day, Mexico's Monterrey defeated Al-Ahly of Egypt 2-0 in the match to decide third place. Jesus Corona and Cesar Delgado scored for the winners.