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Monterrey
Monterrey
De Nigris (90 + 1)
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Chelsea
Mata (17)
Torres (46)
Chavez (48, OG)
Chelsea
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Thu 13 Dec 2012 10:30 (Attendance: 36,648)

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PRE-MATCH BRIEFING: MONTERREY V CHELSEA

As the Blues prepare to break new ground, club historian Rick Glanvill and club statistician Paul Dutton go global with their in-depth look at Thursday's game…


TALKING POINTS
'You can never, ever say challenging for a trophy comes at a bad time,' Rafael Benitez said recently. 'It's silverware and a cup we want to win.' Chelsea's interim manager coached Inter to this title in 2010.

Now it's London Calling on the FIFA Club World Cup, and Chelsea aim to make history and be crowned kings of the world on Sunday. The tricky Mexicans of Monterrey are the opening obstacle early Thursday morning.

Despite 107 years of globetrotting, Chelsea make our bow in Japan this week and will break the capital's duck in the FIFA Club World Cup and its various antecedents. The Thursday and Sunday arrangement of the tournament is a match-going rhythm that will become familiar in the spring with the UEFA Europa League.

KEY STAT
Chelsea are only the third club to represent England at the FIFA Club World Cup, after Manchester United (twice) and Liverpool.


It helps in a trophy chase to have fortune on your side. Perhaps trampling a few Black Cats en route will help bring us luck. Following that impressive win at Sunderland Fernando Torres and Juan Mata are fifth and seventh top scorers in England in all competitions with 11 and 10 goals respectively.

Torres has never taken a penalty in England before. His previous success from the spot was for Atlético against Gimnastic way back on 27 May 2007.

This is the ninth edition of the Club World Cup format. The tournament is contested by the champions of each of the six continental confederations plus the league winner from the host nation Japan. The winners will receive prize money of $5 million.

Monterrey - nicknamed Rayados, or Stripes - qualified for this tournament by beating Santos Laguna in the CONCACAF Champions League final over two legs in April. (Unlike Chelsea, they have already qualified for the knockout phase of the 2012/13 version - although the last of their group stage matches, at Chorrillo, was watched by just 130 spectators.)

Mexico's 18-team Liga MX is split into summer (apertura) and winter (clausura) sections. Monterrey finished seventh in the apertura league, 11 points behind leaders Deportivo Toluca, and lost in the title play-off to eventual winners Tijuana on 19 November. That was their most recent action prior to beating Unsal Hyundai 3-1 in Toyota - their first win in six matches. The Liga MX Clausura starts in January.

Chelsea famously gained entry to this international football's elite tournament by triumphing over Bayern Munich in the Champions League final on the Germans' own soil. In previous decades the Blues would then have been invited to participate in a smaller, less prestigious international event.

The main predecessor of the current tournament was the European-South American Cup, better known as the Intercontinental Cup, contested annually (with two exceptions) from 1960 to 2004 by the winners of the European Cup/Champions League and the South American equivalent, the Copa Libertadores. The tie comprised two legs home and away before 1980, when it became a one-off match in Japan - the Toyota Cup.

The only English winners in that period were Manchester United in 1999. Runners-up were Manchester United in 1968, Nottingham Forest 1980, Liverpool 1981 and 1984 and Aston Villa 1982. Liverpool (twice) and Nottingham Forest declined invitations to compete for the trophy.

This was not a FIFA competition; the federation had staged its own version, the Club World Championship, in 2000, but it was not till 2005 that the two tournaments merged as the FIFA Club World Cup.

In its current guise, Manchester United (2008 champions) and Liverpool (runners-up 2005) are the only English teams to have contested the final.

As champions of Europe and London pioneers at an official inter-continental cup tournament, Chelsea are also bidding to become the capital's first world champions. Previously the Blues became the city's only holders of the UEFA Super Cup in 1998, and were runners-up again earlier this season.

Chelsea's match with Monterrey in Yokohama will be only the second to use the GoalRef technology being tested by IFAB and accredited by FIFA, the international football bodies. A joint Danish/German joint venture, GoalRef works through sensors inside the ball and goalposts, without the cameras on which Hawk-Eye, used in all Toyota Stadium games, relies.

If the technology detects the ball crossing the line a device on the referee's wrist will instantly alert him, without the dramatic tension (and transparency) of the big-screen playbacks that feature in tennis or cricket.

How fitting it would be were Frank Lampard, arguably twice robbed by the lack of goalmouth technology, to be its first beneficiary. There have been no incidents in the tournament to date.

Goalline technology


The first choice colours of both teams features blue and white (navy blue in the Mexicans' case). Each team must have two outfield players' kits approved by FIFA - one predominantly light, the other predominantly dark. Three goalkeepers' strips are also required, all distinct from those of officials. FIFA decide which kit each team wears and Chelsea will wear our home kit against Monterrey.

Rayados report around 300 supporters from Mexico in Japan. Chelsea's following in the Yokohama International Stadium is likely to be significantly larger.

Both the Blues' matches in Japan will be covered live on Chelsea TV.

The Capital One Cup quarter-finals progressed in Chelsea's absence. When the Blues play at Leeds next Wednesday we will be aiming to join Bradford City, Aston Villa and Swansea or Middlesbrough (playing tonight, Wednesday) in the semi-finals, which will be drawn only after the Elland Road clash.


Previous finals
Host Year Winner Runner-up
Brazil 2000 Corinthians (Brazil) Vasco da Gama (Brazil)
Japan 2005 São Paulo (Brazil) Liverpool
Japan 2006 Internacional (Brazil) Barcelona
Japan 2007 AC Milan Boca Juniors (Argentina)
Japan 2008 Manchester United LDU Quito (Ecuador)
UAE 2009 Barcelona Estudiantes (Argentina)
UAE 2010 Internazionale Mazembe (DR Congo)
Japan 2011 Barcelona Santos (Brazil)


Competing teams Confederation
Chelsea
(England) - UEFA
Corinthians (Brazil) - CONMEBOL
Ulsan Hyundai (South Korea) - AFC
Al-Ahly (Egypt) - CAF
Monterrey (Mexico) - CONCACAF
Auckland City (New Zealand) - OFC
Sanfrecce Hiroshima (Japan) - Host Representative - J League winner


Venues
Toyota Stadium: capacity 45,000.
Yokohama International Stadium: capacity 72,327.

Chelsea will play both games in Yokohama.

If the scores are level after 90 minutes, 30 minutes extra time will be played. If there is still no winner the tie will be decided on penalties.


FIFA Club World Cup results

Play-off for quarter-finals

Dec 6 - Sanfrecce Hiroshima 1-0 Auckland City (Yokohama)

Quarter-finals
Dec 9 - Ulsan Hyundai 1 - 3 Monterrey (Toyota)
Dec 9 - Sanfrecce Hiroshima 1 - 2 Al-Ahly (Toyota)

5th/6th place play-off
Dec 12 - Ulsan Hyundai 2-3 Sanfrecce Hiroshima (Toyota)

Semi-final
Dec 12 - Al-Ahly 0-1 Corinthians (Toyota)


FIFA Club World Cup fixtures

Semi-final
Thu Dec 13 - Monterrey v Chelsea - kick-off 10.30am UK time (Yokohama)

3rd/4th place play-off
Sun Dec 16 - kick-off 7.30am UK time (Yokohama)

Final
Sun Dec 16 - kick-off 10.30am UK time (Yokohama)


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PRE-MATCH BRIEFING: MONTERREY V CHELSEA

With the game fast approaching, club historian Rick Glanvill and club statistician Paul Dutton complete their comprehensive look at our opening match in Japan...


TACTICAL BRIEF
This is uncharted territory in many respects, but Chelsea have rediscovered the winning habit ahead of the trip to Japan and will be determined to bring the FIFA Club World Cup trophy back to London.

Key battles
The most notable feature of the Blues' best spells in the 3-1 win at Sunderland was players such as Eden Hazard and Victor Moses breaking ahead of Fernando Torres. It meant the hosts' rearguard was stretched to breaking point and Chelsea were able to play balls in behind them.

Rafael Benitez appears to like Moses's work-rate and made support for our Spanish no.9 a priority: Torres has hit four goals in two games, his best sequence for the Blues since March 2010.

The Monterrey backline may find the fast combination play on the edge of the box on show at the Stadium of Light difficult to handle. They are not a tall team and worked hard to restrict Ulsan Hyundai's set-piece opportunities.

At 5ft 10in, they were an inch shorter on average than their Korean opponents, and two shy of the Chelsea side that won at Sunderland. With Branislav Ivanovic, David Luiz and Gary Cahill all around 6ft 2in and sharing a dozen goals, the Blues will be keen to make set-pieces count when they arise.

Surprisingly, Ulsan scored with the only shot of three attempts that was on target, a long distance punt fumbled by Rayados' keeper. It was an uncharacteristic error from Jonathan Orozco, one of the key figures in their recent successes.

Rayados' main strengths lie further forward. They field a flexible 4-3-3 with Severo Meza the defensive midfielder, Wálter Ayoví (who is left-footed) on the right of midfield and Neri Cardozo on the left. Swift pressing was a key factor in their 3-1 win over Unsal.

Cardozo looks a clever and dangerous player, but it was 19-year-old Jesús Corona, a more traditional winger, who stood out on Sunday. He regularly rattled the Koreans' right flank and scored the opening goal inside 10 minutes (pictured below).

Monterrey


Fifty-seven-year-old coach Victor Vucetich will have to make do without his star player, the prolific and vastly experienced Humberto Suavo. A former Mexican player of the year, the stocky striker is Monterrey's top scorer and architect of their set-pieces. Central midfielder César de la Peña, a regular sub, has also flown home.

The Mexicans are a direct counter-attacking side who often looked to work the ball quickly to Suavo. They rely on him, his obvious replacement Jesus De Nigris, and César Delagdo for goals. Only four players have netted for them in the league, a sizeable reduction in goalscorer numbers from the previous season.

Delgado, who likes to cut inside from the left side of the front three, will have to be watched by Chelsea's right-back - Ivanovic, should Benitez aim to press home Chelsea's physical advantage.

Delgado likes to create problems behind De Nigris as a second striker and can be lethal. He netted two of the Mexicans' three goals against Unsal. De Nigris is a decent target man for direct play and brings others into play: he set up Rayados' opener in the 3-1.

In Suazo's absence, set-play responsibility fell to Delgado and Ayovi. Overall the Mexicans have a good blend of youth and experience, pace and technique.

Three of the original 23-man Club World Cup squad submitted to FIFA - John Terry, Oriol Romeu and Daniel Sturridge - have since withdrawn through injury. Sturridge may yet fly out at some stage.

Midfielder George Saville, impressive for the Chelsea U21s and yet to make his full debut, was added to the party which received a tumultuous welcome at Narita International airport on Sunday.

The loser of this game faces a third/fourth place play-off on Sunday with veterans of this tournament, Egypt's Al-Alhy; the victor faces veterans of this tournament, Corinthians of Brazil in the final later the same day.

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PRE-MATCH BRIEFING: MONTERREY V CHELSEA

WE HAVE HISTORY
Chelsea are London's first participants in this competition or it predecessors the Intercontinental Cup, World Club Championship or Toyota Cup. Founded in 1905, the Blues are actually the oldest club in this competition. Next are Al-Ahly, started in 1907, and Corinthians, 1910.

Oscar's Brazilian side Internacional finished third in the 2010 competition, staged in the United Arab Emirates, having won it in 2006. Then 19, the midfielder played 15 minutes as a substitute in the semi-final defeat by Tout Puissant Mazembe Englebert of DR Congo.

Interim Chelsea manager Rafel Benítez won the trophy that year with Internazionale, beating Mazembe 3-0 in the final.

Monterrey have already surpassed their 2011 showing in this tournament - they were knocked out on penalties in their opening match by J-League champions Kashiwa Reysol.


Previous meetings
Although Chelsea and Monterrey have never met each other, the Blues have played Mexican opposition twice before, both in the last five years, and both won by the Londoners.

The two meetings were part of pre-season tours to the United States in 2007 and 2009 and against Club América - recently named CONCACAF's 'best team of the decade' by the International Federation of Football History and Statistics.

Terry Chelsea



Saturday July 14 2007
Club America 1 Chelsea 2 (Palo Alto, California)
Scorers: Malouda (74), Terry (83).
Crowd: 47,329

Sunday July 26 2009
Club America 0 Chelsea 2 (Dallas, Texas)
Scorers: Di Santo (75), Malouda (77)
Crowd: 57,229


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PRE-MATCH BRIEFING: MONTERREY V CHELSEA

CHELSEA STATS
Rafael Benitez won the FIFA Club World Cup in 2010 with Internazionale. Carlo Ancelotti also won the trophy while at AC Milan in 2007.

The Blues qualified the Club World Cup by beating Bayern Munich in the Champions League final 4-3 on penalties after a 1-1 draw after extra time.



2011/12 UEFA Champions League group stage
Sep 13 Bayer Leverkusen (h) W 2-0
Sep 28 Valencia (a) D 1-1
Oct 19 KRC Genk (h) W 5-0
Nov 1 KRC Genk (a) D 1-1
Nov 23 Bayer Leverkusen (a) L 1-2
Dec 6 Valencia (h) W 3-0

 

Champions League Group E table
P W D L F A Pts
Chelsea 6 3 2 1 13 4 11
Bayer Leverkusen 6 3 1 2 8 8 10
Valencia 6 2 2 2 12 7 8
KRC Genk 6 0 3 3 2 16 3



2011/12 UEFA Champions League knockout stage
Feb 21 Napoli (Round of 16 a) L 1-3
Mar 14 Napoli (Round of 16 h) W 4-1
Mar 27 Benfica (Quarter-final a) W 1-0
Apr 4 Benfica (Quarter-final h) W 2-1
Apr 18 Barcelona (Semi-final h) W 1-0
Apr 24 Barcelona (Semi-final a) D 2-2
May 19 Bayern Munich (Final, Munich) D 1-1*
* won 4-3 on penalties after extra time


We lined up 4-2-3-1: Cech; Bosingwa, Cahill, D Luiz, Cole; Mikel, Lampard (c); Kalou (Torres 83), Mata, Bertrand (Malouda 73); Drogba.
Scorer: Drogba (88). Shoot out scorers: D Luiz, Lampard, Cole, Drogba.
Penalty save: Cech. Shoot-out saves: Cech 2


Chelsea have won three of our last five penalty shoot-outs, the last being at the Allianz Arena for the Champions League final against Bayern Munich.


Last six results
Nov 20 Juventus (Champions League a) L 0-3
Nov 25 Manchester City (a) D 0-0
Nov 28 Fulham (h) D 0-0
Dec 1 West Ham (a) L 1-3
Dec 5 FC Nordsjaelland (Champions League h) W 6-1
Dec 8 Sunderland (a) W 3-1


2012/13 scorers
Torres 11 (1 pen), Mata 10, Cahill 6, Oscar 5, E Hazard 4 (2 pens), Ivanovic 3, Lampard 3 (2 pens), D Luiz 3 (2 pens), Moses 3, Ramires 3, Bertrand 2, Sturridge 2, Cole 1, Romeu 1 (pen), Terry 1. Total 58.


Chelsea's next three games
Sun 16 Dec FIFA Club World Cup final or 3/4 play-off - Yokohama kick off TBA
Wed 19 Dec Leeds United (Capital One Cup quarter-final) away 7.45pm
Sun 23  Aston Villa home 4pm

 

MILESTONES
Congratulations to Victor Moses who celebrates his 22nd birthday today (Wednesday).



MONTERREY STATS
Formed
1945

Major trophies
4 Mexican League championships, last in 2010
1 Copa Mexico in 1991
2 CONCACAF Champions Leagues in 2011 and 2012
1 CONCACAF Cup Winners' Cup in 1993


Monterrey also qualified for last season's tournament in Japan. They lost to Japanese side Kashiwa Reysol in the quarter-finals on penalties and beat Espérance from Tunisia in the fifth place play-off.



2011/12 CONCACAF Champions League
Aug 17 Herediano (a) W 5-0
Aug 23 Seattle Sounders (h) L 0-1
Sep 14 Comunicaciones (a) L 0-1
Sep 20 Comunicaciones (h) W 3-1
Sep 27 Herediano (h) W 1-0
Oct 18 Seattle Sounders (a) W 2-1



Group D table
P W D L F A Pts
Monterrey (Mexico) 6 4 0 2 11 4 12
Seattle Sounders (USA) 6 3 1 2 10 7 10
Comunicaciones (Guatemala) 6 2 1 3 8 13 7
Herediano (Costa Rica) 6 2 0 4 6 11 6



2011/12 knockout stage
Mar 6 Morelia (Mexico) (QF 1 a) W 3-1
Mar 13 Morelia (QF 2 h) W 4-1
Mar 28 UNAM (Mexico) (SF 1 h) W 3-0
Apr 4 UNAM (SF 2 a) D 1-1
Apr 18 Santos Lakuna (Mexico) (Final 1 h) W 2-0
Apr 25 Santos Lakuna (Final 2 a) L 1-2



Champions League scorers
Suazo 7 (1 pen), Carreño 5, De Nigris 4, Pérez 2 (1 pen), Ayoví 1, Cardozo 1, Corona 1, Delgado 1, Morales 1, Reyna 1, Santana 1. Total 25.


Final, second leg, line up
Orozco, Basanta, Meza, Chavez, Mier, Pérez, Cardozo, Zavala, Reyna (Ayoví 65), Delgado (Carreño 84), De Nigris (Morales 87)
Scorer: Cardozo (82)
Attendance: 28,000
Monterrey won 3-2 on aggregate

 

Last six results
Nov 4 UANL (h) L 0-1
Nov 8 Toluca (h) D 2-2
Nov 10 Cruz Azul (a) D 1-1
Nov 16 Tijuana (h) L 0-1
Nov 19 Tijuana (a) D 1-1
Dec 9 Ulsan Hyundai (Club World Cup QF, Japan) W 3-1



PMB

2012 Liga Mexico Apertura table - top 10
Pld Gd Pts
1 Toluca 17 +11 34
2 Tijuana 17 +8 34
3 León 17 +17 33
4 Club America 17 +13 31
5 Morelia 17 +9 27
6 Cruz Azul 17 +7 26
7 Monterrey 17 0 23
8 Guadalajara 17 0 23
9 Santos Lakuna 17 -4 23
10 UNAM 17 -5 23



THE MAN IN THE MIDDLE
Carlos Vera from Ecuador will referee the match. He officiated in last year's Copa America.


OTHERWISE ENGAGED
There are no suspensions.

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Monterrey v Chelsea (Club World Cup)

Monterrey

  • 1
    Jonathan Orozco
  • 2
    Severo Meza Substitution
  • 5
    Darvin Chavez
  • 15
    Jose Maria Basanta
  • 21
    Hiram Mier
  • 24
    Sergio Perez Substitution
  • 11
    Walter Ayovi
  • 14
    Jesus Corona
  • 18
    Neri Cardozo
  • 19
    Cesar Delgado Substitution
  • 9
    Aldo De Nigris

Substitutions

  • 3
    Luis Alberto Lopez
  • 8
    Gerardo Moreno
  • 12
    Jesus Dautt
  • 10
    Luis Madrigal
  • 13
    Dario Carreno Substitution
  • 20
    Oscar Garcia
  • 59
    Salvador Jasso
  • 7
    Edgar Solis Substitution
  • 26
    Humberto Suazo
  • 23
    Juan Ibarra
  • 4
    Ricardo Osorio Substitution
  • 6
    Hector Morales
Shots on Target
4
2
Shots off Target
5
8
Corners
6
3
Fouls
8
10
Most fouls
Perez
Oscar
3
2
Yellow Cards
Red Cards

Chelsea

  • 1
    Petr Cech
  • 28
    Cesar Azpilicueta
  • 2
    Branislav Ivanovic
  • 24
    Gary Cahill
  • 3
    Ashley Cole
  • 12
    John Mikel
  • 4
    Substitution David Luiz
  • 10
    Substitution Juan Mata
  • 11
    Emboaba Oscar
  • 17
    Eden Hazard
  • 9
    Substitution Fernando Torres

Substitutions

  • 56
    George Saville
  • 7
    Nascimento Ramires
  • 13
    Substitution Victor Moses
  • 21
    Marko Marin
  • 34
    Ryan Bertrand
  • 23
    Daniel Sturridge
  • 22
    Ross Turnbull
  • 19
    Substitution Paulo Ferreira
  • 40
    Henrique Hilario
  • 35
    Lucas Piazon
  • 8
    Substitution Frank Lampard
  • 26
    John Terry

CHELSEA v MONTERREY - 13/12/12

MATCH REPORT: MONTERREY 1 CHELSEA 3

Summary
On Sunday Chelsea will play for the right to be called club world champions after a comfortable semi-final win in Yokohama.

The Blues dominated almost all of the match and went into an early lead through Juan Mata who joined Fernando Torres as topscorer for the season on 11 goals; that was until his compatriot netted his 12th moments after the start of the second half.

An own-goal completed the Chelsea scoring on a night when we used the width of the pitch well and showed some bright imagination in attack. The Mexicans found it especially tough to live with Eden Hazard and had to wait very late to find the net.

Next up to test our improving form which has registered three wins in a row are South American champions Corinthians who were in the stadium to watch this game.

Team news
Rafael Benitez opted to give David Luiz his first start in midfield having tried the Brazilian there for a short period at the end of the Nordsjaelland home match. Ivanovic moved to centre-back with Cesar Azpilicueta coming in to the side at right-back.

Mikel returned to play alongside David Luiz with Oscar also back in the line-up; Ramires and Victor Moses making way.

Monterrey were unchanged from their quarter-final win over Ulsan Hyundai.

First half
Chelsea, the last Club World Cup participants to take to the pitch, were keen to make our mark on this tournament as early as possible. We almost did so with only a minute gone when Hazard cleverly let a ball run on to Oscar and took a pass back. He drew the defence and played in Mata for a shot which was blocked by the Monterrey defence.

Then on three minutes we saw the first from David Luiz. Having pushed high up the pitch from his nominally deep role, he was found by Oscar and took the ball on before looping a shot not too far over the bar. Promising.

Two minutes later David Luiz showed vision and played the type of ball he does from the back. It found Hazard in behind the defence and with a clear run on goal. Seeing the gap wide of the keeper at the far post he tried to slot the ball home, but missed by a yard. The Belgian knew only too well he should have scored.

Despite that miss it was clear in the early stages Hazard could cause Monterrey a lot of problems. Even with close attention he whipped over a cross that almost fell just right for Oscar only six yards out.

Hazard then chased down a moment of miss-control from anchor midfielder Meza and showing incredible pace, almost forced a goal. Instead it was corner, delivered by Mata and tapped wide by Ivanovic. That too was a chance.

It was hard to see how the Mexicans could hold out and come the 16th minute they didn't any longer. It was a quality move that breached their defence. Torres was involved early on, turning sharply to open a gap, and then Cole was given a return pass by Oscar via a backheel before carefully picking out Mata. The Spaniard smashed the ball past Orozco from 15 yards out. He held up six fingers in celebration - the shirt number of Oriol Romeu, sadly ruled out for the rest of the season due to injury.

Monterrey v Chelsea


Chelsea didn't let up and even Cole tested the keeper from 30 yards.

Monterrey hadn't made it as far as our penalty area often but on 26 minutes they did cause a moment's tension. A cross from the left was heading the way of target-man Aldo De Negris. Cech came to challenge and did enough to force the Mexican to head over the bar.

Of course there had been halves dominated by Chelsea but with only one goal to show for it already this season, and we paid the price then. A second goal before half-time was highly desirable. Torres lost out to the defence when taking down a Cole cross and trying to turn.

On 38 minutes, Azpilicueta couldn't prevent the ball being played the way of the lurking De Negris but fortunately the cross was too high.

Second half
Any fear we may be made to pay for only one goal from a dominant first half had totally dissolved just two minutes into the second half. Torres made it 2-0 with a deflected shot just 15 seconds in after Hazard had ripped Monterrey apart down our left.

Monterrey v Chelsea

Then Torres raced away down the same flank and switched the ball to Mata on the right. The No. 10 was trying to pick out a blue shirt as he hammered it into the six-yard box but instead full-back Chavez, perhaps avoidably, turned it into his own net.

Monterrey now looked a defeated side and it took until just past the hour for them to threaten for the first time in the half but when they did, Cahill defended it well. Moments later Lampard came on for David Luiz. This second try-out in midfield will probably be judged an interesting success by Benitez.

Monterrey v Chelsea

Lampard scooped a right-foot shot wide within three minutes of his entry before there was an opening for De Nigris from a ball over the top of the Chelsea defence but his control deserted him.

Chelsea's tight grip on the game loosened a little for a spell but though they pushed towards our goal, the CONCACAF champions still couldn't test Cech.

With the job all but done, Mata and Torres were rested from the closing stages with Paulo Ferreira and Victor Moses their replacements. Moses played centre-forward.

It was Lampard however who had the final dig at goal for the Blues but from 25 yards out he aimed too high.

The Monterrey consolation came right at the end, De Nigris finally given the chance to shoot from out wide and beating Cech with a neatly struck effort.

It was shame a deserved clean sheet couldn't be maintained but the European champions could still be happy with the evening's work.


Chelsea (4-2-3-1): Cech (c); Azpilcueta, Cahill, Ivanovic, Cole; Mikel, David Luiz (Lampard 63); Mata (Ferreira 74), Oscar, Hazard; Torres (Moses 79).
Unused subs Turnbull, Hilario, Bertrand, Saville, Ramires, Marin, Piazon.
Scorers Mata 17, Torres 46, Chavez o.g 47.

Monterrey (4-3-3): Orozco; Perez (Osorio 57), Mier, Basanta (c), Chavez; Ayovi, Meza (Solis 82), Cardozo; Corona, De Nigris, Delgado (Carreno 82).
Unused subs Dautt, Ibarra, Garcia, Lopez, Moreno, Morales, Madrigal.
Scorer De Nigris 90+1.

Referee Carlos Vera from Ecuador.
Crowd
36,648.

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