After six years of European dominance, the Club World Cup is heading back to South America.
Brazilian side Corinthians defeated Chelsea, 1-0, in the Club World Cup Final on Sunday in Yokahama, Japan. Peruvian striker Paulo Guerrero delivered the game-winning goal on a late header for his second straight game-winning finish.
Chelsea created several scoring chances in the match, but Brazilian goalkeeper Cassio was up to the challenge every time, turning in an outstanding performance that helped him earn the Golden Ball award for tournament MVP.
Corinthians frustrated Chelsea throughout the match with high pressure all over the field, with midfielder Emerson leading the charge. The Brazilian side’s sharp passing and relentless defending made things uneasy for the European champions all match long.
Fernando Torres had his share of chances to find the net, including a wide-open look late on that Cassio saved from point-blank range.
CONCACAF representative Monterrey finished in third place in the Club World Cup after defeating Egyptian side Al Ahly, 2-0, in the consolation match.