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Sunday, December 16, 2012


YOKOHAMA — Peruvian striker Paolo Guerrero scored in the 69th minute Sunday to give Corinthians a 1-0 victory over Chelsea in the final of the Club World Cup.
After the Brazilian team withstood steady pressure from Chelsea, Paulinho broke into the box and laid it off to Danilo, whose shot deflected off a defender before Guerrero stole in to head the looping ball past goalkeeper Petr Cech.
The Copa Libertadores champions joined Barcelona as the only teams to win the tournament twice, after their first title in 2000.
The loss adds to the recent disappointments for Chelsea, which this month became the first defending champion to be eliminated in the group stage of the Champions League.
Chelsea was reduced to 10 men when Gary Cahill was given a straight red card for a rough challenge on Emerson in the final minute of regulation. Fernando Torres headed in a goal in injury time but was ruled offside.
The huge turnout of Corinthians fans among the sellout crowd of 68,725 created a Sao Paulo-like atmosphere at Nissan Stadium, the best ever for a Club World Cup match held in Japan.
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