Chelsea have failed in their bid to add the title of World Champions to their Champions League crown after going down 1-0 to Brazilian outfit Corinthians in the Club World Cup final in Japan today.
The Blues put in an insipid performance in Yokohama as a second-half header from Paolo Guerrero ensured the Brazilian side lifted the trophy for the second time, having won the competition back in 2000.
To compound a miserable day for Chelsea boss Rafa Benitez, who has now lost two of the three Club World Cup finals he has contested, defender Gary Cahill was given a red card for an off-the-ball incident with 89 minutes on the clock.
With clear-cut chances few and far between, Cahill should have given Chelsea the lead in the first half but spurned the opportunity, while another mis-firing performance from Fernando Torres was encapsulated by a terrible miss when clear through on goal, although the excellent Cassio in goal for Corinthians deserves some credit.
To round off a poor day for the Spaniard, his late goal that would have taken the game to extra time was chalked off for offside with just a few moments to go.
Chelsea pressed forward desperately in the last of four minutes added on but couldn't break through as Mata failed to score, prompting an eruption of Brazilian delight at the final whistle.
After the game, captain Frank Lampard admitted Chelsea were saddened not to lift the trophy.
"They were very organised and counter-attacked well," he said.
"We knew it was going to be a tough game but we're disappointed to come all the way out here and not get the win."
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