FT: Al Hilal 0-1 Chelsea, Lukaku goal enough to send Blues to the FIFA Club World Cup Final

Full Time Al Hilal 0-1 Chelsea

Chelsea take their place in the Fifa Club World Cup final thanks to Romelu Lukaku’s first-half strike. They will face Palmeiras on Saturday.

Close from Havertz!

Havertz with blistering pace running in behind and lobs the keeper but it hits the post at a tight angle. He’s grown into this game, struggling in the beginning but seemingly getting sharper with each passing moment. His first start in over a month here

Second Half

We are out for the second 45!

Half-time

Al-Hilal have had a few dangerous moments but Chelsea have shown enough potency in their attack to deserve this lead. Could be a big goal for Lukaku, even as a tap-in. His first since January 8 v Chesterfield.

That’s nine goals Lukaku has scored for Chelsea this season and four of them have come when Havertz is on the pitch with him.

Lukaku on target! Al Hilal 0-1 Chelsea

Superb play from Havertz ends in him crossing into the area, Al Hilal don’t clear it and Rom does the rest!

It’s a deserved lead!

Kickoff!

And so it begins! Chelsea start their quest for the trophy still absent from their heavy cabinet.

Team News

Al Hilal manager Leonardo Jardim has made one change from the side which beat Al Jazira 6-1 in the previous round of the competition, as Mohammed Alburayk replaces right-back Saud Abdulhamid, with former Premier League attackers Matheus Pereira and Odion Ighalo both in the team.

There are three changes to Chelsea’s line-up for their opening game of the FIFA Club World Cup in Abu Dhabi.

Andreas Christensen makes his 150th appearance for the Blues in what looks likely to return to a back three. Kai Havertz gets his first start after a long time on the bench.

Chelsea begin their quest for a first Club World Cup title as they take on Al Hilal in the semi-final in Abu Dhabi this afternoon.

It is the Blues’ second appearance at the tournament, secured with their Champions League final victory over Man City last season.

Back in 2012, Chelsea beat Monterrey in the last four but were then defeated by Corinthians in the final, a rare upset result in this tournament.

Thomas Tuchel has not flown out with his team, after testing positive for Covid, and it remains to be seen if he is able to join them in Abu Dhabi later in the week.

Al Hilal are managed by former Monaco boss Leonardo Jardim, and beat Al Jazira 6-1 on Sunday to set up a clash against Chelsea.

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