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Dec 13, 2012

Chelsea to face Corinthians in final

Gab Marcotti, Steve Nicol and Janusz Michallik discuss Arsene Wenger's future and Chelsea's World Club Cup prospects. Plus, Colin Udoh on the challenge to Lionel Messi's latest record.

YOKOHAMA, Japan -- Juan Mata scored an early goal, a resurgent Fernando Torres doubled the lead in the opening minute of the second half and Chelsea beat Monterrey 3-1 Thursday night to advance to the final of the Club World Cup against Brazil's Corinthians.

The Blues went ahead in the 17th minute when Oscar made a back-heel pass to Ashley Cole, who squared the ball to Mata. He scored on a low drive from 15 yards.

Torres, who has scored in five of six games under new manager Rafa Benitez, surprised goalkeeper Jonathan Orozco when he took a pass from Eden Hazard and his left-footed shot deflected off sliding defender Hiram Meir and looped into the goal.

Two minutes later, Mata's cross bounced in off a leg of defender Darvin Chavez for an own goal.

"It was a good game for us," said Benitez, who won the title with Inter Milan two years ago. "We had good tempo, good play and a lot of possibilities for us. I am pleased with the performance of our team."

Torres has 12 goals this season, one more than his total for all of 2011-12.

"He is much sharper," Benitez said. "I hope it will be more of the same in the future."

Aldo De Nigris scored in second-half injury time for Monterrey, which plays Egypt's Al-Ahly in the third-place game, which precedes Sunday's final.

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