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Club World Cup semifinals - how it happened

Minute-by-minute report: Chelsea are set to take on Brazilian club Palmeiras in the final after a narrow win over Al-Hilal, with Romelu Lukaku's goal proving the difference (Author: Gardener)

Club World CupChelsea are set to take on Brazilian club Palmeiras in the final after a narrow win over Al-Hilal, with Romelu Lukaku's goal proving the difference

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Lukaku's goal sends Chelsea into the final

Chelsea meet Brazilian side Palmeiras in the Club World Cup final after edging past Al-Hilal at Abu Dhabi's Mohamed bin Zayed Stadium. (Author: Gardener)

ChelseaChelsea meet Brazilian side Palmeiras in the Club World Cup final after edging past Al-Hilal at Abu Dhabi's Mohamed bin Zayed Stadium. Boss Thomas Tuchel missed the game while isolating after testing positive for Covid-19. Chelsea dominated from the start against the Saudi Arabian side and Lukaku broke through just after the half-hour. It was Lukaku's ninth goal of the season and ended a six-game losing streak after missing a couple of opportunities early in the game. Two minutes after the break, Havertz rushed on target and hit the post from a tight angle, although Lukaku and Hakim Ziyech were in the box to provide support. Asian champions Al-Hilal were hardly a threat until Mohamed Kanno fired over the goal from distance after combining well with former West Bromwich Albion midfielder Matheus Pereira. Chelsea keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga then blocked Moussa Marega from eight yards while Odion Ighalo and Kanno blocked shots as Chelsea struggled to end the game. But the European champions persevered in the end and have a chance in Saturday's final to exact revenge a decade after their last appearance in the competition. * Our Chelsea coverage is bigger and better than ever - here's everything you need to know to make sure you don't miss a moment * All Chelsea - jump straight to the best content

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The Chelsea squad said the blast in Abu Dhabi was not a missile attack

ROB DRAPER IN ABU DHABI: Chelsea have been told by authorities that an explosion and fire in the city center on Tuesday night was unrelated to recent Houthi missile attacks. (Author: Gardener)

ChelseaChelsea have been told by Abu Dhabi authorities that an explosion and fire in the city center on Tuesday night was the result of a gas leak and was unrelated to recent rocket attacks by Houthi fighters in Yemen. Police and emergency vehicles cordoned off a high-rise building in the city center next to hotels used by media and fans attending the Club World Cup after midnight after midnight, with Chelsea set to play their semi-final against Saudi Arabia's Al Hilal at the Mohammed Bin Zayed Stadium on Wednesday, only three miles from the blast. The United States Embassy first warned US citizens about missile attacks before clarifying that authorities had spoken of a gas explosion. Chelsea are staying ten miles from the site of the city-centre blast, the aftermath of which was chronicled on social media by fans of Brazilian club Palmeiras at nearby hotels. In January, the United Arab Emirates intercepted two ballistic missiles claimed by Yemen's Houthi rebels over the skies of Abu Dhabi, attacks then confirmed by UAE authorities. In a series of tweets, the US embassy said: "Against the backdrop of recent security incidents, reports of audible and visible explosions in Abu Dhabi earlier today prompted the embassy to issue a safety alert to American citizens and employees. “Subsequently, the Abu Dhabi Civil Defense Authority issued a public notice through all media channels confirming that the incident was the result of a gas cylinder explosion. The UAE is part of a Saudi-led coalition fighting Iran-backed Houthi rebels in nearby Yemen.

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Edouard Mendy is welcomed back

Edouard Mendy received a heroic welcome from his Chelsea team-mates for his Africa Cup of Nations triumph with Senegal. The Blues' keeper followed suit (Author: Gardener)

Edouard MendyEdouard Mendy received a heroic welcome from his Chelsea team-mates for his Africa Cup of Nations triumph with Senegal. The Blues goalkeeper joined his club in Abu Dhabi as they prepare for the Club World Cup semi-final against Al-Hilal on Wednesday. Mendy has emerged as one of the best goalkeepers in the world since his £22million move from Rennes to the Premier League in 2020. The Blues ace, who was named the tournament's best goalkeeper, was without a club and was on the verge of retirement six years ago while looking for a new club in France. With the AFCON triumph, he celebrated his third trophy in less than a year. The 29-year-old has also won the Champions League and Super Cup in a span of ten months, and has also picked up individual accolades in the FIFA The Best Men's Goalkeeper and UEFA Men's Goalkeeper of the Year awards. He hopes to add two more trophies to his collection in February at the Club World Cup and the Carabao Cup. Chelsea must first beat Al-Hilal and Palmeiras in the final to earn victory in the Abu Dhabi tournament, while Liverpool await the European champions in the League Cup final later this month. However, it remains to be seen who will start between Mendy and Kepa Arrizabalaga at the Club World Cup. Kepa has proved a capable substitute in Mendy's absence but assistant manager Zsolt Low confirmed the club would make a late decision to determine which of their goalkeepers would take the field. "Mendy did a fantastic job to win the Africa Cup of Nations and to be the best goalkeeper but Kepa is doing a great job here with us.

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Hakim Ziyech joins Romelu Lukaku to find form for Chelsea

ROB DRAPER IN ABU DHABI: Ziyech backed Lukaku, who has scored just four goals for Chelsea since mid-September, on his second spell at the club. (Author: Gardener)

ChelseaHakim Ziyech says Chelsea will adapt to get the best out of Romelu Lukaku after the record Belgian striker has struggled since his £98million move from Inter in the summer. Ahead of tonight's World Club Cup semi-final against Al Hilal of Saudi Arabia, Ziyech Lukaku, who has scored just four goals for Chelsea since mid-September, assisted on his second spell at the club. “He's shown it for years, there's no question about his quality. In the beginning everything was fine. Are there any questions about its quality or whatever? He's shown it in recent years. It's just a matter of time," Ziyech said. Sometimes it's really good in games and sometimes a little less. I think there is still a lot of room for improvement. He's alone against three defenders. Of course, it doesn't matter who you are, when you have three defenders it's difficult to find your space or whatever. He also needs his space for his runs or whatever. It's quite normal to play against three defenders every time. It's really difficult at a time when we're playing football right now. Ziyech, Ross Barkley (centre) and Lukaku train ahead of the Club World Cup in Abu Dhabi Ziyech says players in Abu Dhabi are motivated to seize the opportunity to make history this week and win the Club World Cup, a trophy which Chelsea had never won before. "It's one of the biggest trophies you can win as a club," he said. “You don't come here without winning the Champions League. That's how we see it too and anyone who wants to win such a big trophy or trophy knows what to expect. “The Champions League was big. This one will be a bit shorter because it's two games, but it'll be intense because you have the best teams in the whole world. You also know that not many players play for this type of trophy. When you're here like we are now, there's only one thing, you want to win it.'

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'I'm ready when Chelsea need me' - Ex-Blues and Barcelona full-back Belletti aspires to coaching role in Europe

In an exclusive interview with GOAL, former Chelsea and Barcelona full-back Juliano Belletti reveals he is aiming for a coaching job in Europe (Author: Gardener)

EuropeJuliano Belletti can boast of scoring a winning goal in a Champions League final, winning a Premier League title with Chelsea and winning the World Cup with Brazil. It started with a visit to Manchester City to meet directors Ferran Soriano and Txiki Begiristain, whom he met in Barcelona. He then visited former Chelsea youth manager Brendan Rodgers, who is now in charge at Leicester City. He then took some career advice from his friend and compatriot Edu Gaspar, Arsenal's technical director. He wrapped things up with a trip to Barcelona to rekindle his relationship with the club that made him a world-class player. For the people of Britain, however, his connection with Chelsea remains the most curious. Indeed, there was some surprise when he was linked with a post as sporting director at Stamford Bridge, but Belletti is a good friend of Marina Granovskaia and his business skills are respected in west London. Of course, the rumors never materialized, not least because Belletti's goal right now is training. "My relationship with the club is fantastic," Belletti told GOAL. I used to come back here a lot, so a lot of people thought that this (return as sporting director) might happen. "You may still think so, but it's more about having a good relationship with the club. People keep seeing that I travel a lot, but it's about maintaining the relationships and developing them to become even stronger. However working as an assistant coach at Cruzeiro has convinced Belletti that his future is now in management. Belletti wants to be as good a coach as he was a player. That means learning from his friends and playing games like the 2-0 Watching Chelsea's win against Tottenham, which he took part in, shortly after sitting down for this interview to learn from Thomas Tuchel: "That he came in and had the courage to change the whole system and the way it works is spectacular ", enthuses Belletti. "I respect him as a coach. I studied football, so I follow a lot of European teams and how they work I'm watching Chelsea train because of the way Tuchel trains." Sitting in the plush VIP seats at Stamford Bridge, Belletti also saw Thiago Silva dominating a top-flight English football game in the twilight of his career. The Paris Saint-Germain centre-back's move was somewhat similar to Belletti's move from Barcelona to Chelsea as both were at the end of their careers. Seeing his compatriot stand the test of time to deliver such an impressive performance brought back many happy memories for Belletti. “He was such a high-profile player. Of course, when you're old in this sport, people doubt you.” But if you have the right coach, the right tactics for you and the right people around you as a player, it helps you make better use of your experience . "Thiago has the right manager, the right tactics, the right team-mates and the right club. At the same time, he gives back by using his experience to help push the team forward." Belletti feels he drew on his own Champions League experience at Chelsea. Of course, the Blues were beaten by Manchester United in the 2008 final, but he thoroughly enjoyed his time at Stamford Bridge. "My three seasons at Chelsea have been fantastic, both as a player and as a person," he says. "At that age, it was a great achievement for me to play in this team with this group of Chelsea players against Manchester United in a Champions League final. That win, of course, came with Barcelona beating Arsenal in the 2006 final The period at the Camp Nou was obviously the most successful of his career in terms of major titles won, as he also picked up two league-winning medals with the Blaugrana while playing at Cruzeiro, Sao Paulo, Atletico Mineiro during his 17-year touring career , Fluminense and Ceara so while he's made a name for himself in Europe he knows the Brazilian scene inside out.So Belletti has a few words of caution for Chelsea, who go into the upcoming Club World Cup as clear favorites, im final could meet Palmeiras: "Palmeiras won the Copa Libertadores with good football," he emphasizes, "they are a well-established, tactical team with lots of tactics r intensity. "My warning is that Chelsea will find a very difficult opponent." "My goal is to return to Europe and work here," he says. "Edu told me something that it's very rare to find players who have engaged at such a high level and still want to engage in this way. “My motivation is to help my players and my team. I've played for Villarreal, Barcelona and Chelsea. I have good connections there. "I have friends at Manchester City, Brendan Rodgers is my friend and the teams I've played for or people I know could help. I don't want my four sons to see a retired footballer just sitting on the beach. "

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'I'm ready when Chelsea need me' - Ex-Blues and Barcelona full-back Belletti aspires to coaching role in Europe

In an exclusive interview with GOAL, former Chelsea and Barcelona full-back Juliano Belletti reveals he is aiming for a coaching job in Europe (Author: Gardener)

EuropeJuliano Belletti can boast of scoring a winning goal in a Champions League final, winning a Premier League title with Chelsea and winning the World Cup with Brazil. It started with a visit to Manchester City to meet directors Ferran Soriano and Txiki Begiristain, whom he met in Barcelona. He then visited former Chelsea youth manager Brendan Rodgers, who is now in charge at Leicester City. He then took some career advice from his friend and compatriot Edu Gaspar, Arsenal's technical director. He wrapped things up with a trip to Barcelona to rekindle his relationship with the club that made him a world-class player. For the people of Britain, however, his connection with Chelsea remains the most curious. Indeed, there was some surprise when he was linked with a post as sporting director at Stamford Bridge, but Belletti is a good friend of Marina Granovskaia and his business skills are respected in west London. Of course, the rumors never materialized, not least because Belletti's goal right now is training. "My relationship with the club is fantastic," Belletti told GOAL. I used to come back here a lot, so a lot of people thought that this (return as sporting director) might happen. "You may still think so, but it's more about having a good relationship with the club. People keep seeing that I travel a lot, but it's about maintaining the relationships and developing them to become even stronger. However working as an assistant coach at Cruzeiro has convinced Belletti that his future is now in management. Belletti wants to be as good a coach as he was a player. That means learning from his friends and playing games like the 2-0 Watching Chelsea's win against Tottenham, which he took part in, shortly after sitting down for this interview to learn from Thomas Tuchel: "That he came in and had the courage to change the whole system and the way it works is spectacular ", enthuses Belletti. "I respect him as a coach. I studied football, so I follow a lot of European teams and how they work I'm watching Chelsea train because of the way Tuchel trains." Sitting in the plush VIP seats at Stamford Bridge, Belletti also saw Thiago Silva dominating a top-flight English football game in the twilight of his career. The Paris Saint-Germain centre-back's move was somewhat similar to Belletti's move from Barcelona to Chelsea as both were at the end of their careers. Seeing his compatriot stand the test of time to deliver such an impressive performance brought back many happy memories for Belletti. “He was such a high-profile player. Of course, when you're old in this sport, people doubt you.” But if you have the right coach, the right tactics for you and the right people around you as a player, it helps you make better use of your experience . "Thiago has the right manager, the right tactics, the right team-mates and the right club. At the same time, he gives back by using his experience to help push the team forward." Belletti feels he drew on his own Champions League experience at Chelsea. Of course, the Blues were beaten by Manchester United in the 2008 final, but he thoroughly enjoyed his time at Stamford Bridge. "My three seasons at Chelsea have been fantastic, both as a player and as a person," he says. "At that age, it was a great achievement for me to play in this team with this group of Chelsea players against Manchester United in a Champions League final. That win, of course, came with Barcelona beating Arsenal in the 2006 final The period at the Camp Nou was obviously the most successful of his career in terms of major titles won, as he also picked up two league-winning medals with the Blaugrana while playing at Cruzeiro, Sao Paulo, Atletico Mineiro during his 17-year touring career , Fluminense and Ceara so while he's made a name for himself in Europe he knows the Brazilian scene inside out.So Belletti has a few words of caution for Chelsea, who go into the upcoming Club World Cup as clear favorites, im final could meet Palmeiras: "Palmeiras won the Copa Libertadores with good football," he emphasizes, "they are a well-established, tactical team with lots of tactics r intensity. "My warning is that Chelsea will find a very difficult opponent." "My goal is to return to Europe and work here," he says. "Edu told me something that it's very rare to find players who have engaged at such a high level and still want to engage in this way. “My motivation is to help my players and my team. I've played for Villarreal, Barcelona and Chelsea. I have good connections there. "I have friends at Manchester City, Brendan Rodgers is my friend and the teams I've played for or people I know could help. I don't want my four sons to see a retired footballer just sitting on the beach. "

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'I'm ready when Chelsea need me' - Ex-Blues and Barcelona full-back Belletti aspires to coaching role in Europe

In an exclusive interview with GOAL, former Chelsea and Barcelona full-back Juliano Belletti reveals he is aiming for a coaching job in Europe (Author: Gardener)

EuropeJuliano Belletti can boast of scoring a winning goal in a Champions League final, winning a Premier League title with Chelsea and winning the World Cup with Brazil. It started with a visit to Manchester City to meet directors Ferran Soriano and Txiki Begiristain, whom he met in Barcelona. He then visited former Chelsea youth manager Brendan Rodgers, who is now in charge at Leicester City. He then took some career advice from his friend and compatriot Edu Gaspar, Arsenal's technical director. He wrapped things up with a trip to Barcelona to rekindle his relationship with the club that made him a world-class player. For the people of Britain, however, his connection with Chelsea remains the most curious. Indeed, there was some surprise when he was linked with a post as sporting director at Stamford Bridge, but Belletti is a good friend of Marina Granovskaia and his business skills are respected in west London. Of course, the rumors never materialized, not least because Belletti's goal right now is training. "My relationship with the club is fantastic," Belletti told GOAL. I used to come back here a lot, so a lot of people thought that this (return as sporting director) might happen. "You may still think so, but it's more about having a good relationship with the club. People keep seeing that I travel a lot, but it's about maintaining the relationships and developing them to become even stronger. However working as an assistant coach at Cruzeiro has convinced Belletti that his future is now in management. Belletti wants to be as good a coach as he was a player. That means learning from his friends and playing games like the 2-0 Watching Chelsea's win against Tottenham, which he took part in, shortly after sitting down for this interview to learn from Thomas Tuchel: "That he came in and had the courage to change the whole system and the way it works is spectacular ", enthuses Belletti. "I respect him as a coach. I studied football, so I follow a lot of European teams and how they work I'm watching Chelsea train because of the way Tuchel trains." Sitting in the plush VIP seats at Stamford Bridge, Belletti also saw Thiago Silva dominating a top-flight English football game in the twilight of his career. The Paris Saint-Germain centre-back's move was somewhat similar to Belletti's move from Barcelona to Chelsea as both were at the end of their careers. Seeing his compatriot stand the test of time to deliver such an impressive performance brought back many happy memories for Belletti. “He was such a high-profile player. Of course, when you're old in this sport, people doubt you.” But if you have the right coach, the right tactics for you and the right people around you as a player, it helps you make better use of your experience . "Thiago has the right manager, the right tactics, the right team-mates and the right club. At the same time, he gives back by using his experience to help push the team forward." Belletti feels he drew on his own Champions League experience at Chelsea. Of course, the Blues were beaten by Manchester United in the 2008 final, but he thoroughly enjoyed his time at Stamford Bridge. "My three seasons at Chelsea have been fantastic, both as a player and as a person," he says. "At that age, it was a great achievement for me to play in this team with this group of Chelsea players against Manchester United in a Champions League final. That win, of course, came with Barcelona beating Arsenal in the 2006 final The period at the Camp Nou was obviously the most successful of his career in terms of major titles won, as he also picked up two league-winning medals with the Blaugrana while playing at Cruzeiro, Sao Paulo, Atletico Mineiro during his 17-year touring career , Fluminense and Ceara so while he's made a name for himself in Europe he knows the Brazilian scene inside out.So Belletti has a few words of caution for Chelsea, who go into the upcoming Club World Cup as clear favorites, im final could meet Palmeiras: "Palmeiras won the Copa Libertadores with good football," he emphasizes, "they are a well-established, tactical team with lots of tactics r intensity. "My warning is that Chelsea will find a very difficult opponent." "My goal is to return to Europe and work here," he says. "Edu told me something that it's very rare to find players who have engaged at such a high level and still want to engage in this way. “My motivation is to help my players and my team. I've played for Villarreal, Barcelona and Chelsea. I have good connections there. "I have friends at Manchester City, Brendan Rodgers is my friend and the teams I've played for or people I know could help. I don't want my four sons to see a retired footballer just sitting on the beach. "

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Kick-off time, TV channels and team news

Chelsea are taking a break from home action to attend the FIFA Club World Cup in Abu Dhabi as they take on Al-Hilal in the semifinals on Wednesday (Author: Gardener)

ChelseaChelsea are taking a break from home action to attend the FIFA Club World Cup in Abu Dhabi as they take on Al-Hilal in the semifinals on Wednesday. The postponed FIFA Club World Cup 2021 is underway and Chelsea will play their first game on Wednesday against Saudi Arabian club Al-Hilal in the semi-finals of the competition. The Blues qualified for the tournament after winning the 2020/21 UEFA Champions League in May and it is their second appearance at the Club World Cup, having previously competed in 2012. Their opponent, Al-Hilal, qualified after winning the 2021 Asian Champions League and this is also their second participation in the tournament after 2019. Leonardo Jardim's side edged UAE 6-1 in the previous round on Sunday Pro League club Al-Jazeera through and reached this stage of the competition. Thomas Tuchel will be keen to add another trophy to his Chelsea collection and is expected to play at full strength in the competition, with the Blues being natural favorites to win the whole. Will Chelsea win the FIFA Club World Cup 2021? Let us know what you think in the comments below. Chelsea hope to add another trophy to their collection by winning the Club World Cup this week. When does Al Hilal play Chelsea? Al-Hilal vs Chelsea will kick off on Wednesday 9th February at 16:30 at Mohammed Bin Zayed Stadium. However, both sides have been here before - Chelsea took part in the 2012 edition and finished second, while Al-Hilal took part in the 2019 edition and finished fourth. The match has been selected for live broadcast and will be televised on E4 in the UK, with coverage starting at 4pm. Get £30 in FREE BETS when you bet £10 on Al-Hilal vs Chelsea with Grosvenor Sport. Get £30 in FREE BETS to use on the Premier League! Grosvenor Sport is offering new customers £30 FREE BETS when you bet as little as £10 on any football match! Join Grosvenor Sport, place a £10 bet on any football match and your account will be credited with £30 in free bets! After Sunday's 6-1 win over Al Jazira, Jardim is expected to name an unchanged side for the clash against Chelsea as Al-Hilal hopes to record a historic victory. The Saudi club have Odion Ighalo in their ranks, who scored in the previous game, along with former West Bromwich Albion winger Matheus Periera, former Watford loanee Andre Carrillo and veteran ex-Porto striker Moussa Marega. In the 2021/22 Premier League season, 200 live games will be spread over three channels. Sky Sports retains the rights to most of these games with 128 live matches. They also own the rights to the Carabao Cup and several international games. Check out the latest Sky deals here. BT Sport holds the rights to 52 live Premier League games. Amazon's 20 live Premier League games will return in the 2022/23 season. A handful of games from the 21/22 season, which are due to take place before the New Year, will also still be broadcast. A late decision on Edouard Mendy will be made following his return from Sunday's Africa Cup of Nations win with Senegal, along with Mason Mount, who picked up an injury on Saturday.

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Romelu Lukaku fires Chelsea into Club World Cup final

Romelu Lukaku fires Chelsea into Club World Cup final (Author: Gardener)

Romelu LukakuThis website uses cookies for analytics, personalized content and ads. By continuing to browse this site, you agree to this use. Please use a supported version for the best MSN experience. Al-Hilal v Chelsea, Fifa Club World Cup semi-finals live: results and latest updates - Michael Regan/FIFA via Getty Images Lukaku scores first goal in six games Chelsea will have a chance to take it to a full house under owner Roman under Roman Trophies Abramovich thanks to a Romelu Lukaku goal that secured a final place at the Club World Cup against Palmeiras. Saturday's final will also give Lukaku his first chance to win a silver with Chelsea and the Belgian's performance in Abu Dhabi was a little encouraging. But head coach Thomas Tuchel, who is isolating at home in England after testing positive for coronavirus, will have been bouncing around his living room in frustration as he watched Chelsea nearly throw away their place in the final. Goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga had to make two excellent saves in the second half and former West Bromwich Albion midfielder Matheus Pereira shot just inches wide of goal with a powerful shot that was just about enough. Amid all the troubling moments, there was something to look forward to for Tuchel, who spoke to his backroom staff at half-time, not least the understanding between Lukaku and Kai Havertz, who started his first Chelsea game in over a month. Lukaku's first-half goal may have been thanks to a terrible defense from Al-Hilal defender Yasser Al-Shahrani, but he looked mau-engaged and much more involved when Havertz played alongside him on Wednesday night. "Everyone is very happy he scored," said Chelsea assistant coach Zsolt Low. “He fought very hard and put in a lot of effort in the last game. We were hoping for a bit of luck today to score a goal. He's very happy, we're very happy and we hope he goes on and scores in the final. "Kai had a good week of training, so we decided to let him play. He did his job very well, he faced some dangerous situations and worked hard to fill gaps. He played well." However, Low acknowledged that overall Chelsea's performance was far from perfect, saying: "We lacked a bit of freedom and rhythm. That's why we didn't manage to find the easy solution and score more goals.” We spoke to Thomas at half-time and had a good chat. He had the same feeling that we were a bit nervous and had a lot of easy turnovers. Four of Lukaku's nine goals are now on the pitch with Havertz and finally there have been signs of encouragement that Chelsea may have found a way to make the most of his club record signing. Sure the opposition might not have been top notch, as evidenced by the way Al-Shahrani sent Havertz's cross straight back to Lukaku for the forward to score from three yards out, but the pair clearly enjoyed playing together. Havertz stayed much closer to Lukaku on the right than Hakim Ziyech and that was evident As early as the second minute, the German and Belgian tried to find each other whenever possible as Lukaku tried to play Havertz on goal, but he was ruled offside. Lukaku had saved a shot from a tight angle and then cursed further down the field when he completely missed his shot following a low cross from Cesar Azpilicueta. The goal came in the 32nd minute and despite his unkempt nature, a weight seemed to fall from Lukaku's shoulders, who combined superbly with Havertz just before half-time to chip Ziyech away, but the Moroccan's shot was saved. Ziyech, lively again, saw another shot stopped in the second half after Lukaku deflected a header back into his path. Havertz hit the outside post just after the break and Lukaku was furious that Marcos Alonso couldn't find him after being reconnected with Havertz who had given the Spaniard a great opportunity to register an assist. Alonso's performance will have been a cause for concern for Tuchel, with Ben Chilwell out for the season and Chelsea not signing another left-back in the January transfer window, he spoke to his team-mate in the first half. Having weathered the storm that saw them nearly concede to their Saudi opponents on three occasions, Chelsea should have clinched the win when Lukaku rushed on goal with 10 minutes to go. Under pressure, he checked back and set up substitute Mason Mount, whose shot went wide. Lukaku perhaps should have taken the shot himself, but at least it was a step in the right direction for the 28-year-old, who wants Havertz alongside him more often. Tuchel could also revisit the pair in person if he can test negative in time to join his squad in Saturday's final against the Brazilian club, which could have as many as 15,000 fans at the stadium. Sign up for the free Front Page newsletter: your essential guide to The Telegraph's agenda - delivered straight to your inbox, seven days a week. Chelsea were poor in the second half, allowing Al-Hilal far too much possession and territory. 18:20Kepa turns down the clock and takes his time with a goal kick. 18:19 The first of three minutes of added time ends with Azpilicueta firing a cross from the right through the six yard box which deflects and deflects behind Havertz who he tries to deflect at the far post. 06:17 PMLukaku is still taking positions that suit him best, but his teammates aren't playing the ball there. 06:15 PMAzpilicueta picks out Mount's fine run from the right side of the box. Mount takes a touch and tries to slice it back to Lukaku, but Cuellar gets there first and knocks it out for a corner. 18:13 18:13 Mount constantly leaves his boot in while tackling or nudges his marker to pull it up. 18:11 Al-Hilal sends Carillo and Michael for Salem and Pereira. 06:09 PMLukaku's first touch drops him to the ground as he's sent inside left and he rolls over the ball rather than either shooting or passing to Havertz to send it flying. He has to double back and pass to Mount on the edge of the D instead, and his low shot is deflected to the corner. Thirty seconds earlier, Ighalo wanted a free-kick when he appeared to be clipped by Thiago Silva from 25 yards out, but the referee doesn't count it as a foul. 18:05 Great duel by Rüdiger stops Marega in the Chelsea penalty area. Al-Hilal has been the better side since the break. 18:04Mount goes down the right side of the penalty area after a quick pass initiated by Kovacic. However, he tries to force a flank in a very small space, the ball is deflected back to the keeper. He had plenty of yellow shirts for backup that he could use instead of going it alone. 06:01 PMMount has to block Shahrani's cross and Al-Hilal takes a corner. Jang hits Lukaku and Kante at the near post to take the corner and blasts his header a foot from the top left corner. Thiago Silva is not impressed by his teammates. 17:59 Ziyech is pulled to his feet by Albulayhi when he tried to eat some time before a throw-in and reacts angrily. 17:57 17:57 Chelsea right corner. Ziyech sticks it to Havertz's head but he can't beat Almuaiouf. Al-Hilal breaks in on the right, Marega bombs Alonso away, cutting him back for Ighalo, who has to back up a few steps to get him and turn to shoot Rudiger in the legs. The ball bounces off the box and Kanno unleashes a brutal shot and Kepa jumps up to his left to knock it over the bar. 05:54 PMCuellar is booked for wrapping his right knee around Havertz, who rushed away from him and halfway towards the box. 05:53 PM Peira takes it himself but pumps his left footed shot straight into the wall. 5:52 p.m.: The corner fizzles but Pereira wins a free-kick when Havertz shoves it away from 25 yards right of center. 05:51 PMKepa saves a Marega smash and grab after Albulayhi slides a pass inside right and the former Porto striker hits his angled shot. Kepa does a long lock and saves with his legs. 17:49 17:48 Nice move from Chelsea with Kante winning the ball, hitting it over his head and spinning to roll it to the right. Azpilicueta lashes over the cross, Lukaku heads it back to Ziyech, who slices his left foot over the volley and sends his shot towards the top left corner. Almuaiouf assumes his right to scrape it away. 17:45 Rudiger plays the diagonal from left to right. Ziyech is caught offside, sparing his blush as his attempted catch with his left foo knocked the ball out of play. Should have gone right. 17:44 Chelsea have a good penalty call from the corner as Christensen is knocked down but neither the referee nor VAR are convinced by the idea. 05:42 PMLukaku charges down the right flank, deposits it on his left to Havertz pulling the defender, then slides it out for Marcos Alonso. Lukaku wants the cross into the space in front of the keeper to continue, but Alonso makes the wrong choice and scores behind Lukaku and has to settle for a corner. Chelsea fail to clear their lines properly as Al-Hilal's Pereira and Alburayk check down the right, recycling the ball in quick one-two passes until they set up a shot that flies over the bar. 17:36 Havertz slips into the penalty area on the left in soft shoes, evoking memories of Oporto and trying to hit him over the goalkeeper with his left hand, but unlike in the Champions League final, this attempt rattles the post and the side netting weighed. 17:35 Good possession and a longer attack on the right end with Alburayk jumping over Kovacic's leg. 05:33 PMAl-Hilal starts and plays the ball back to Jang, who bounces it 50 yards up and invites to a dogfight that ends with Al-Hilal throwing in. 05:18 PMAl-Hilal are neat and nimble, but lack forward penetration. Chelsea were more impressive as the game progressed, dominating territory and flanks if not possession and could have scored a handful more had Ziyech, Havertz and Marcos Alonso all had very good shots on target. 05:15 PMAlonso shoots wide from 25 yards and after the ensuing goal kick, which Chelsea quickly recover, Ziyech puts a shot straight to Almuaiouf's throat. Chelsea's Romelu Lukaku scores his team's first goal behind Al Hilal's Abdullah Almuaiouf during the FIFA Club World Cup UAE 2021 semi-final match between Al Hilal and Chelsea FC - Darren Walsh/Chelsea FC via Getty Images Chelsea's Romelu Lukaku scores his team's first goal Teams Passing Al Hilal's Abdullah Almuaiouf during the FIFA Club World Cup UAE 2021 Semi Final match between Al Hilal and Chelsea FC - Darren Walsh/Chelsea FC via Getty Images Chelsea's Romelu Lukaku scores her team's first goal behind Al Hilal's Abdullah Almuaiouf during of the FIFA Club World Cup UAE 2021 semi-final match between Al Hilal and Chelsea FC – Darren Walsh/Chelsea FC via Getty Images 05:13 PMLukaku controls a cross from the left, saves Albulayhi, turns and puts it perfectly to Ziyech, whose first shot , blocked with left, diito be follow up with right. But the flag then goes up to punish Lukaku for being offside. 5:11pmJorginho buys a free-kick by running ahead of Marega as the two chase a pass, then slowing so he accidentally gets pinched. 17:09 If Chelsea had a viable orthodox left-back, they could get an extra midfielder that would allow them to give Lukaku more support down the middle. 05:07 PMSalem slices down the left wing after a skillful passing game with left-back Shahrani who loves to keep bombing. Salem turns over the 18 and unleashes a right footed rising shot that keeps rising until he clears the bar. 17:05 Good finish from Lukaku but it was served to him on a silver platter by Shahrani's distraction. 05:04 PMHavertz's tenacity allows him to cross with the right after his first attempt at a cross hits Alburayk and comes back to him. It clears Lukaku but hits Shahrani who may have expected Lukaku to reach it. The ball bounces back over the goal area and Lukaku shoots a half-volley with his right instep from six meters into the goal. 17:02 17:00 Ziyech spins Shahrani with a shoulder dip and a 180 rotation, but that means he has to cross with his right and it's weaker than it should be for Albulayhi to head away. 04:58 PMAlonso can't make a simple pass from the left side of the box to one of his three teammates who are well placed to shoot. 16:57 Excellent pass from Kovacic after a stormy run down the left inside line. Lukaku takes it with a stride and hits a side foot shot with his left that Almuaiouf, who had narrowed Jang's angle, holds at his feet. 04:55 PMShaharani makes a good run down the left, exchanging passes with Salem and whipping over a cross, looking for Ighalo but Chelsea heads it out of the box and Al-Hilala comes back down the left. 04:52 PMZiyech attempts a few step-overs but then catches the ball with his shoe as he attempts a third and hits it too far in front of him. 04:51 PMHavertz is brought in by Kovacic on the left and cuts back on the right to float a cross to the back post. Azpilicueta hits and controls a volley back to the six yard line, but Lukaku had already made his move and couldn't come back to reach it. Azpilicueta angrily points to where he expected Lukaku to be. An Al Hilal fan shows his support ahead of the FIFA Club World Cup UAE 2021 semi-final match between Al Hilal and Chelsea FC - Tullio Puglia - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images 04:48 PMLukaku has a chance at the near post as Azpilicueta a hisses ball opposite from the right. He's in front of the keeper and only needs a swerve to crush him against the post, but he misses the ball completely. 04:46 PMLukaku is caught offside in Al-Hilal's trap when Ziyech threads the ball into the box between Shahrani and Albulayhi. He fires from an angle of about 20 degrees, but Almuaiouf has him completely covered. 16:45 Al-Hilal looks decent up front but mistakes creep in on the defensive. 16:44 A fine duel from Albulayhi stops Lukaku, who pushes his way through the penalty area for the price of a corner. Kovacic catches Ighalo late and goes in the book. 04:42 PMSlick Chelsea attack on the right with Kovacic and Azpilicueta works the ball to Ziyech on D's right. He runs to the pass and thunders a left foot shot that swerves wildly and goes over the corner of the left post and the crossbar. The way he slices his foot across a moving ball made him act like a drunk wasp. 4:39pm Thiago Silva gallops forward and finds a huge space in front of Jang so he unleashes a 30-yarder right foot that flies wide. 04:37 PMAlonso runs a long left to right diagonal that sails past Azpilicueta. 04:36 PMZiyech has an opportunity to thread a pass to the right, but he smudges it. As Pat Nevin, the best of all co-comms, points out, Al-Hilal deploys a very high line of defense. This should be done for Lukaku. 16:35 Kepa hits the ball halfway through Thiago's back pass but he doesn't stay with Lukaku and Al-Hilal takes the sting out of the attack by playing it around the back. Al-Hilal has played a lot of possession so far and seems confident. 04:33 PMHavertz is called offside when things looked close but it wouldn't have mattered much anyway as he almost tripped over Lukaku's pass down the inside left. Chelsea regain the ball from a free kick but Azpilicueta misses his pass over the line to put Ziyech in Shahrani's back. 4:31pm No knee kick before kick-off today and Lukaku rolls the ball back, snapping Al-Hilal into the tackle, catching Jorginho in possession and giving Ighalo a shot from 25 yards but he tamely drags it wide. 16:25 The Chelsea tunnel teams line up in yellow with the black horizontal pinstripes. Al-Hilal in blue. 04:12 PMIghalo and Pereira scored the opening two goals in a 6-1 win over Abu Dhabi's Al-Jazira to qualify for the semi-finals. Chelsea and Copa Libertadores winners Palmeiras receive byes for the semi-final stage. Today's winners meet Palmeiras, who defeated Al-Ahly yesterday, in Saturday's final. Thomas Tuchel, who has tested positive for Covid and is not in the UAE, could be watching along with Jimbo. 16:01 Played a minute in Manchester United's 2-0 win over Chelsea in February 2020 and 15 minutes in their 3-1 FA Cup defeat in lockdown July. West Brom's Matheus Pereira, as he was then known, scored twice in a 5-2 win at Stamford Bridge last April. 15:56 Your lineups in black and white 15:44 15:43 📋 This is our squad for the #ClubWC semifinals ☑️ — AlHilal Saudi Club (@Alhilal_EN) February 9, 2022 15:23 Hakim Ziyech has defended Romelu Lukaku by scoring insists Chelsea will see the best of his club record. Lukaku has been under pressure since the controversial interview he gave in which he hinted he was unhappy with the way he was being used by head coach Thomas Tuchel. The Belgian has netted just once, against Chesterfield, after being dropped from a game as a penalty and becoming an unpopular figure with some supporters. But Ziyech, who is a close friend of Lukaku's, is adamant he'll be back in top form soon. Asked if he's confident Chelsea will watch the best of their £97.5million signing from Inter, Ziyech replied: "Of course. But I mean, he came here and everything was fine in the beginning. It's just a matter of time." Lukaku and Ziyech were caught debating how best to interact with each other on the pitch during the Chelsea game in Brighton last month and the Moroccan admitted the entire Team must share some of the responsibility for the striker's struggles "Everyone [has to adapt to him]," said Ziyech. “Everyone in the squad [can give him chances], not just me, everyone in the squad. "I think that's something we need to improve on and we're still working on that. Sometimes it's really good in games and sometimes a little less. I think there is still a lot of room for improvement. “If you look at some teams we play against, they play in a back five. Of course, it doesn't matter who you are, when you have three defenders it's difficult to find your space or whatever. He also needs his space for his runs or whatever. It's really difficult at the moment, it's tough.” Like Lukaku now, Ziyech has had a tough time but benefited from Tuchel returning to the back four more regularly and using him in a more traditional position from the cross. Speaking in Abu Dhabi, where Chelsea are taking part in the Club World Cup, Ziyech said: “You have more space and more freedom on the right wing. I think I'm a player that could really use that.” Man with foot fetish who forced girlfriend to always wear socks, in prison

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