Posted on December 13, 2012
YOKOHAMA, Japan – Monterrey’s dream is over.
Los Rayados lost to Chelsea in the semifinals of the FIFA Club World Cup on Thursday, dropping a 3-1 decision to the English Premier League side.
The Blues will play Corinthians (Brazil) in Sunday’s final, while the Mexican team will vie in the third-place match the same day.
Spanish stars Fernando Torres and Juan Mata paced Chelsea, which was eliminated from the UEFA Champions League last week.
Mata, started the Blues’ assault in the 17th minute. Oscar began the scoring sequence with a back-heel pass to Ashley Cole, who sent the ball to Mata. Mata hammered home a left-footed shot.
Only 20 seconds into the second half, Torres doubled the score on a deflected shot, his fifth goal in three matches.
Minutes later, an own goal made it 3-0 as Darvin Chavez sent Mata’s cross into his own net.
Aldo de Nigris broke the shutout with a goal for Monterrey in stoppage time.
Photo: Aldo de Nigris scored in stoppage time for Monterrey. Keith Furman/First Row Photo
Categories: Champions League, Mexico, North America
Tags: Aldo de Nigris, Ashley Cole, Chelsea, Fernando Torres, FIFA Club World Cup, Juan Mata, Los Rayados, Monterrey, Oscar