Chelsea vs Corinthians - LIVE from 10:30am in Japan
Last season's UEFA Champions League winners Chelsea face the Copa Santander Libertadores holders Corinthians in the final.
Tottenham Hotspur vs Swansea City - LIVE from 1:30pm
Spurs can leapfrog Champions League qualifying rivals Everton into 4th place with a win over a Swansea side who have lost 3 matches away from home this season.
The Swans will be hoping for 3 points away from home against a side that will give them a good match, but Michu and co will have to be on top form for them to beat Tottenham at White Hart Lane.
Swansea have been playing consistently well this season, and a win will move them 5 places into 5th place, which will give them a boost for their Europa League qualification hopes.
West Bromwich Albion vs West Ham United - LIVE from 4:00pm
This match will be an interesting one at The Hawthorns, as 6th placed West Brom host 11th placed West Ham.
Both sides have started the season well, with the latter hoping that they can bounce back from an unlucky 3-2 defeat at home to Liverpool last Sunday.
West Brom will go into 4th place depending on the result at White Hart Lane with a win today, level on points with Chelsea in 3rd place.
FACT: West Brom have only lost twice at home this season, while West Ham have lost 4 times away from home.
Chelsea vs Corinthians - LIVE Commentary:
Line-ups from Japan:
Chelsea: Cech, Ivanovic, Cahill, David Luiz, Cole, Ramires, Lampard (c), Moses, Mata, Hazard and Torres.
Subs: Turnbull, Oscar, Mikel, Ferreira, Marin, Sturridge, Terry, Azpilicueta, Bertrand, Piazon, Saville, Hilario.
Corinthians: Cassio, Alessandro, Chicao, Paulo Andre, Fabio Santos, Ralf, Paulinho, Danilo, Emerson, Jorge Enrique, Guerrero.
Subs: Julio Cesar, Wallace, Martinez, Douglas, Anderson Polga, Willian Arao, Edenilson, Fernandes, Guilherme Andrade, Felipe, Giovanni, Romarinho.
|Great support: Corinthians have travelled in great numbers to support their club against Chelsea in the final.|
10:30: The match has kicked off in Japan for the final of the Club World Cup.
5: Goal-less at the minute, with Corinthians starting this match well. Threy have got their players forward and Paulinho almost had a shot from 12 yards out if it wasn't for a last-ditch tackle and clearance from Hazard in the penalty area.
7: Corinthians are not going to roll over today for Chelsea. Not at all. Their fans support is large, and they are playing well so far, with good passing.
They look organized and are ready to play.
9: Great through ball by the Chelsea captain Frank Lampard to Torres. He is just onside and tries to shoot.... blocked and goes out for a corner.
10: The corner is whipped into the box.... shot towards goal by Cahill.... GREAT SAVE!! by Casio.
That looked like it was going in..., but we have goal technology to see whether it was in or not. Casio kept the ball on the line, and cleared comfortably.
11: Chelsea defensive midfielder Ramires fouls Paulo Andre. He is down after a reckless tackle from behind.
The Corinthians players are protesting to give a card to the Brazillian, but the referee gives the Brazillian side a free-kick, and warns Ramires.
Should have been a yellow card, dangerous and reckless tackle.
16: Corinthians chance. Mata plays a mis-placed pass to a Corinthians player and they go on the counter attack before David Luiz blocks him from keeping the ball near the touchline. Good defending by the Brazillian, where he had to defend, or Corinthians could be 1-0 up.
19: Chelsea are giving the ball away too easily now. Another chance from Corinthians goes wide as a shot from 30 yards flies over the top of the bar.
20: Chelsea winger Eden Hazard is tripped by defender Chicao on the dege of the 18-yard box. Free-kick for The Blues, in a dangerous area.
21: Defender David Luiz steps up to take the free-kick.... he shoots towards goal..., BLOCKED! by the free-kick wall. That was a poor shot by the defender, it was too low and was not going to trouble the goalkeeper.
28: Another chance missed by Corinthians. A ball went straight to Ederson, and he was 12 yards out. He tried to control the ball and shoot, but his shot was ballooned over the bar.
How many chances will they have before they score..? They may regret missing these chances...
32: Great lofted pass by Hazard over to Moses inside the box. He controls the ball well and is about to take a shot, but the defender blocks the ball from going past him. Goal-kick given to Corinthians, to the disbelief of Moses.
37: Lampard with an over-the-top ball to Torres who beats the defender and controls the ball with the side of his foot. He takes a shot towards goal.... GOOD SAVE! by Cassio! He had to save that, or Chelsea would be ahead now!
39: Corinthians are put pressure on Chelsea, and look like they are going to score soon...
39: Chelsea counter attack after a Corinthians shot was blocked by Lampard. Hazard, Mata and Moses all running into the Corinthians half, with Hazard finding Moses with a nice through ball.
Moses weaves in and out past two defenders before taking a curling finesse shot towards goal.... GREAT SAVE!! by Cassio! He did a diving save as the ball was creeping in at the far post.
40: Mata has a half volley shot towards goal... SAVED! and HELD! by Cassio! He is having a great match so far, nothing is getting past him. He is keeping his side in the match right now.
45: The fourth official has signalled for 1 minute of stoppage time in the packed Yokohama Stadium.
45+1: The referee has blown his whistle to end the first half. Corinthians have created lots of chances, and Chelsea have been under the knife in many periods during the match.
Gary Cahill and Victor Moses are both unlucky not to have scored, but the Brazillian side should have scored 2 or 3 also so the match is still 0-0.
As I wait for the second half to start, here is some BREAKING news from the EPL latest news from the EPL.
- Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has said that he will 'definitely not' adding to his United squad during the January transfer window.
- Arsenal's young startlet midfielder Jack Wilshere is ready to sign a new 5-year contract worth around £20million pounds as he looks to help give The Gunners their first title for 8 years.
- Marouane Fellaini has apologised to Stoke City defender Ryan Shawcross for headbutting him yesterday during the 1-1 draw at The Britannia Stadium. He says that he also apologises to the fans, his team-mates and manager.
11:33: The second half has started at the Yokohama Stadium. Chelsea 0 Corinthians 0 so far.
53: Mata splits the Corinthians defence with a great through ball towards Hazard who sprints into the box before letting a shot fire towards goal... arried away by Cassio. Good save, and both sides starting the second half quickly and with purpose. They both want to win this match.
60: Still 0-0, with the momentum sticking with Corinthians so far.
62: Corinthians are pressing Chelsea's defence at the moment, especially Ivanovic on the right flank. They are pressurising the defence, and they have a set piece to do some damage.
69: GOAL! A scrappy goal, but Corinthians will take it nonetheless. A shot was deflected and a header from midfielder Guerrero beat 3 Chelsea defenders on the line to give the Brazillian side the lead in Japan. Chelsea are in shock, and have 20 minutes to save this match.
70: Cameras show Chelsea creative midfielder Oscar is getting ready to come on now. Rafa Benitez is giving the Brazillian his orders as he looks to get his side back into the match.
71: Chelsea defender David Luiz shows his frustration after getting a yellow card for a late challenge on Ederson.
72: Chelsea SUB:
Victor Moses OFF
77: 13 minutes left plus stoppage time for Chelsea to get back into this match in Japan, or else they are in trouble. They will have lost in the final of the Club World Cup.
82: Chelsea SUB:
Branislav Ivanovic OFF
Cesar Azpilicueta ON
Fresh legs for Benitez for these last few minutes, Azpilicueta has the ability to defend, and attack at the same time.
84: Corinthians are ready to make a substitution, but Azpilicueta has a long throw into the box before the sub is able to take place.
85: His throw is long and drops inside the box. The defender tries to clear the ball, but it hits him on the back and falls to Torres from 6 yards out.... Torres takes a shot.... GREAT SAVE!! by Cassio!
Torres should have equalised there, but that was a great save by the goalkeeper. He has been on top form today.
86: Chelsea SUB:
Eden Hazard OFF
Marko Marin ON
Paulo Guerrero OFF
Juan Martinez ON
88: Chelsea defender Gary Cahill has been given a straight red card for a challenge on a Corinthians player. It was not seen on the cameras, but he was talking to Benitez when he was walking off and he did an elbow gesture.
90: The fourth official has signalled for 4 minutes of stoppage time to be added on.
Corinthians 1 Chelsea 0
The Brazillian side held on to beat the Champions League winners of 2012 by 1 goal to nil thanks to a header by Guerrero!
|Header: Paolo Guerrero heads Corinthians into a 1-0 lead against Chelsea after 69 minutes.|
|Opener: Guerrero breaks the deadlock in the 69th minute to give Corinthians a 1-0 lead against Chelsea.|
Subs: Friedel, Huddlestone, Parker, Sigurdsson, Livermore, Townsend, Caulker.
Swansea: Tremmel, Tiendalli, Chico, Williams, Davies, Britton, Ki, Dyer, de Guzman, Routledge, Michu.
Subs: Cornell, Graham, Monk, Shechter, Moore, Agustien, Richards.
13:30: The referee has blown the whistle to start the match at White Hart Lane between 5th placed Tottenham and 10th placed Swansea, in the 2nd of 3 LIVE Commentaries today from me.
5: Swansea trying to get into the game by passing the ball around the back, looking for space to pass the ball into.
9: Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe tries to whip a ball into the box just inside the box, but the ball hits Swansea defender Ashley Williams on the top of his arm.
He protests a foul and a penalty, but the referee waves play on and it is a Spurs throw-in.
10: Replays show that the ball hit the top of Williams' arm, and it would have been a harsh penalty if it was given.
Good decision by the referee Mike Dean to keep the match fair at the moment which makes it more interesting to watch from a neutral perspective.
11: Defoe weaves past a defender before opening his body up and shoots towards goal... COMFORTABLE SAVE! by Swansea's no.2 goalkeeper Tremmel!
13: Tottenham midfielder Moussa Dembele goes on the counter attack for Spurs, and does a cheeky backheel flick to Defoe on the edge of the 18 yard box... He shapes to shoot... BLOCKED! by Michu! Good defensive play by the forward.
14: Ki-Sung-Yeung loses possesion, and Tottenham go on the counter atack again. Walker does a nice 1-2 with Lennon before putting a low cross into the box for Adebayor. Adebayor turns to shoot towards goal... BLOCKED! by defender Chico Flores.
15: Swansea winger Nathan Dyer has been given a yellow card for a late challenge on full-back Kyle Naughton.
Tottenham 50% - Swansea 50%
The stats show that it is an evenely contested match, but however Swansea are giving Spurs too much time on the ball, and are losing the ball too easily. It will not be long before Tottenham actually score one of these chances, before Swansea realise what they have done wrong. Swansea just look weak and are not testing Lloris at all. If they want to win, then they need to start doing this very quickly or they will get punished sooner or later.
24: Nice 1-2 play by Lennon and Sandro, and a low cross into the box by Lennon is eventually cleared by Chico Flores. All Tottenham at the moment, and they are starting to pile on the pressure.
30: Tottenham's pressure has gone down slightly, as Swansea try and play football in the midfield without giving the ball away as much now.
32: Swansea go on the counter attack, with the ball being whipped into the box from the right wing.... the ball moves towards Routledge who aims to head the bal... But he misses the ball!
Unlucky by Routledge, good play by Swansea. They need to continue this if they are to win/draw at White Hart Lane today.
40: Tottenham full-back Kyle Walker has a bullet shot from 25 yards out towards goal... PARRIED AWAY! by Tremmel! Spurs continue to press the Swansea defence, and that was a powerful shot, that was for sure.
42: Tottenham defence exchange quick passes before the ball finds Michu lurking behind them. He pushes the ball forward and hits an ambitious shot from 35 yards out towards goal as he sees Lloris off his line...... JUST OVER THE BAR!!!
44: Tottenham free-kick. Lennon and Vertonghen are standing over the ball. Lennon plays a short pass to Vertonghen who thumps the ball with power towards goal..... HITS THE WALL!!! Swansea clear the ball away.
45: The fourth official has signalled for just the 1 minute of stoppage time to be added on at White Hart Lane.
45+1: The referee Mike Dean blows his whistle to end the first half action between Tottenham and Swansea.
The Swans will be the happier of the two sides, because they have been able to hold onto a 0-0 draw so far away from home despite the amount of chances that Spurs have had with Walker, Defoe and Adebayor all coming close to breaking the deadlock in-front of the home fans.
Andre Villas Boas will will try and motivate their players, because they are playing good football and testing Tremmel, but are not able to add the finishing touch just yet.
Swansea will be looking for Michu and Britton to link-up well in the second half, and they may be able to grab 3 points away from home like they did against Arsenal last month.
14:31: The referee Mike Dean has blown his whistle to start the second half of this goalless draw so far between Spurs and Swansea.
47: Swansea are suddenly starting to play well now. Maybe they heard me..?
Winger Wayne Routledge skins defender William Gallas before delivering a lofted ball into the box for Nathan Dyer to put his head on. Dyer heads the ball, but his header is wide of the goal, and does not trouble Lloris.
Should have tested the Frenchman then...
48: Defoe goes on the counter attack for Spurs, and gets past two defenders on the run before having a shot towards goal... WIDE!!
50: Tottenham corner after Adebayor's shot on another counter attack is well saved by Tremmel who had to dive to reach the ball.
52: Tottenham striker Emmanuel Adebayor limps off the pitch with a knock after over stretching something while going on the counter, added with the fact of a late, studs up challenge on him from a defender.
53: Moussa Dembele is given a yellow card for a late tackle, and Adebayor comes back onto the pitch after receiving treatment from the club's physio.
55: Dembele and Jonathan De Guzman have a mini-tussle after the latter is on the floor with a firm but fair challenge. De Guzman is given a yellow card for decent after pushing Dembele in anger.
56: Swansea go on the counter attack with Michu finding midfielder Ki Sung-Yeung with a through ball onto the wing. Ki tries to look for a team-mate in space to pass to, but Adebayor sprints back and tackles him, intercepting the ball away to safety.
58: Kyle Walker finds space inside the box, and it is just him and the goalkeeper.... He has a shot towards goal... WIDE!!! He should have tested Tremmel.
60: Swansea SUB:
Jonathan De Guzman OFF
Kemy Augustien ON
Fresh legs for Swansea, especially as De Guzman has already picked up a yellow card and the manager does not want him to be suspended and lose a man in this match. Smart choice by Michael Laudrup.
63: Tottenham are desperately trying to pressurise Swansea. They are doing this successfully, but are not finding the net yet. It could end 0-0 unless Spurs find their cutting edge, and fast.
65: Defoe has a chance after Dembele plays a ball into him just outside the box. He takes one touch to control the ball and one to shoot towards goal.... MISS!!! Defoe tried to test the keeper, but the ball veered to the right, and did not trouble Tremmel.
68: Tottenham winger Aaron Lennon uses his pace to his advantage to run rings around the Swansea defence.
He runs halfway around the pitch before looking for a player to pass to on the wing. He loses the ball at the last second due to good jockeying by Swansea defender Ashley Williams.
69: Tottenham SUB:
Clint Dempsey OFF
Gylfi Sigurdsson ON
Fresh legs for Tottenham manager AVB, with Sigurdsson playing against his former club Swansea with just over 20 minutes to go.
70: Almost 10 seconds after the substitution, Adebayor has gone down on the pitch clutching his hamstring. It does not look good, as replays show that he pulled his hamstring while taking a shot and trying to avoid a challenge from a Swansea defender as well.
71: Adebayor is being treated by the physio, as he limps off the pitch in discomfort for the second time during the match.
72: Tottenham SUB:
Emmanuel Adebayor OFF (injury)
Andros Townsend ON
Townsend will play on the left wing, with Lennon shifting to the right wing. Defoe will play as the lone striker now, with Sigurdsson, Lennon, Townsend behind him.
74: Swansea SUB:
Ki Sung Yeung OFF
Luke Moore ON
75: Tottenham free-kick going to be taken now.... whipped into the box and the Swansea defence try to clear their lines. The ball bounces off a Swansea player's head, and falls to defender Vertonghen at the back on the pack.... he shoots towards goal... GOAL!!!! Vertonghen has broken the deadlock after 75 minutes at White Hart Lane!
FACT: That is Jan Vertonghen's 1st goal in a Tottenham shirt after his transfer from Ajax in the summer transfer window. Could that be the winner?!
80: Substitute Andros Townsend goes on the counter attack for Spurs, and he uses his blistering pace to run down the wing with quick feet. He goes one-on-one with defender Chico Flores who brings him down to the ground with a trip and a bodycheck.
Mike Dean brandishes a card for Chico Flores, who knew exactly what he was doing.
81: Tottenham free-kick, going to be taken by the goal-scorer Vertonghen. He steps up to take the shot... and hits the ball powerfully with venom towards Tremmel's goal.... The ball takes a deflection off Swansea midfielder Leon Brittion before curling towards goal.....
JUST OVER THE BAR!!! Close by the Belgian defender, who turned away in disappointment as soon as he saw the ball took a deflection.
It was a good effort, and was not too far away from flying into the top corner. A few inches lower, and that would have been a great goal.
83: Gylfi Sigurdsson has a shot from 25 yards out, but it goes well wide of the target, and ends up in the crowd. Just winding down the clock really..
86: Swansea SUB:
Nathan Dyer OFF
Danny Graham ON
Last 5 minutes plus stoppage time for Swansea to get something.... can they equalise, or will Spurs hang on to win all 3 points at home?!
88: Tottenham defensive midfielder Moussa Dembele is on the floor after a challenge, and it seems as though midfielder Scott Parker may be coming on for a brief return to the first-team after suffering from an Achilles problem during Euro 2012.
90: The fourth official has signalled for 5 minutes of stoppage time to be added on at the end of the second half of football. Tottenham are hanging on to a 1-0 lead, but Swansea have 5 minutes to equalise now.
Not sure where the 5 minutes has gone, but there you go.
90+1: Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris taking his time after picking the ball up, he will be in no rush to kick the ball out I am sure of that.
90+2: Tottenham SUB:
Moussa Dembele OFF
Scott Parker ON
Parker returns to the first-team after 4 months out with an injury, and has 3 minutes at home to play against Swansea where his job will be to keep the score at 1-0.
90+3: Head tennis being played between the Swansea strikers, and the Tottenham defenders. It is all very hectic and rushed in the last few minutes now, and the SPurs defenders are very tense.
90+4: A poor corner by Kemy Augstien, and the ball is cleared away. Defoe lungs in and tackles trying to win the ball, but is late with the tackle and Mike Dean gives him a yellow card for his troubles.
90+5: Late minute drama, after Lloris knocks Michu out cold while trying t punch the ball out to safety. Mike Dean doesn't see it, and waves play on by Defoe's shot is saved by Tremmel and the play is stopped so that Michu can be treated by the physio.
90+6: Chico Flores is having a mini-bust up with Kyle Walker and all of the players are gathered round in a cricle. What late drama. Jake Livermore is given a yellow card for decent, even though he is a SUB and isn't actually PLAYING. Oh wow.
90+8: Mike Dean blows the whistle to end an interesting match at White Hart Lane. Tottenham won by 1 goal to nil, and the last 20 minutes were were nervy and tense for both sides.
Tottenham move up to 4th place, level on points with local London rivals Chelsea who are in 3rd but have played 1 game less because of their travels in Japan in the Club World Cup.
Swansea stay in 10th place, failing to move up in the table as far as 5th place if they had won today.
Subs: Daniels, Rosenberg, Dorrans, Lukaku, Dawson, Tamas, Fortune.
West Ham: Jaaskelainen, Demel, Reid, Collins, O'Brien, Noble, O'Neil, Jarvis, Nolan, Taylor, Cole.
Subs: Spiegel, Tomkins, Maiga, Spence, Moncur, Lletget.
16:00: Referee Phil Dowd has blown his whistle to start the first half at The Hawthorns in the match between West Brom and West Ham.
3: West Brom early pressing at home now, with a high cross delivered into the box, but West Ham defender Winston Reid heads the ball clear.
9: West Ham free-kick whipped into the box, before an aerial clash between a West Brom defender and Winston Reid since the latter on the floor in pain.
12: West Brom free-kick from 20 yards out going to be taken by midfielder Chris Brunt who shoots towards goal.... HITS THE WALL!! West Ham clear the ball away to safety.
14: West Brom striker Peter Odemwingie has a shot from 25 yards out towards goal.... SAVED! by Jussi Jaaskelainen! Good effort by the Nigerian, but it was straight at Jaaskelainen.
16: West Ham midfielder Matthew Taylor runs downthe wing before passing the ball across into the box looking for team-mate Matthew Jarvis.... saved by Myhill.
The ball was intended for Jarvis, but Myhill intercepted the ball and stopped the goal-scoring threat quickly.
19: Possession stats:
West Brom - 60%, West Ham - 40%
The hosts are on top so far, with West Ham's defence looking shaky at times.
27: Goal-kick to West Ham after a West Brom counter attack is ended when striker Shane Long's shot towards goal is close to the target, but wide of the goal.
28: West Ham starting to look dangerous again, with Taylor beating Popov on the wing to head the ball into the box for Carlton Cole to tap into th net. Unfortunately for the away side, Myhill saw the run, and picked up the ball with some comfort.
29: West Ham defender Joey O'Brien is given the first yellow card of the match after he slides in unneccesarily on Zoltan Gera.
31: A West Ham corner falls to Winston Reid who tries to stretch to hit the ball towards goal... OVER THE BAR!!!
Should have got the shot on target the defender.
37: End-to-end action at The Hawthorns as both sides look dangerous and it seems as though it will not be goal-less for much longer.
West Ham look dangerous on the wings, while West Brom look fearsome on the counter attack.
40: West Brom trying to keep their hold on the game with passing all around, trying to keep the ball so that West Ham cannot go on the wings gain and pose a threat for their defence.
45: The fourth official has signalled for 1 minute of stoppage time to be added on at the end of the first half of football at The Hawthorns.
45+1: West Ham free-kick is whipped into the box by midfielder Mark Noble, who hiots the ball towards goal and the ball goes straight at Boaz Myhill. Saved comfortably, and he boots the ball out. The referee Phil Dowd blows his whistle to end the first half.
Not many goal-scoring chances from either side, with Winston Reid coming close from a corner, where he should have probably scored. Deadlock has not been broken yet but both teams look dangerous in their own right.
West Brom striker Shane Long and West Ham midfielder Matthew Taylor are just 2 players who have played well in the first half, and if it continues, then the scoreline will not be 0-0 for long.
17:05: Phil Dowd has blown his whistle to start the second half at The Hawthorns.
53: The match has exploded into action with lots of chances in the first 8 minutes of the match. West Brom had a header cleared off the line, and West Ham had a finesse shot narrowly miss the target.
56: Striker Peter Odemwingie has a shot from 20 yards out after patient build-up play by West Brom, but his shot is high and wide over the bar and goes into the stands.
60: A double shot from West Brom is saved twice by Jaaskelainen, after a chip by Long was cleared off the line by the goalkeeper.
65: West Brom go on the counter attack, and Odemwingie's ball across goal into the box is cleared away at the last second by defender Winston Reid who hits the ball over the bar to give The Baggies a corner.
70: 20 minutes to go, still goal-less just like this time in the earlier match between Tottenham and Swansea.
72: West Ham concede a corner after a counter attack sees Odemwingie and Mulumbu's efforts towards goal cleared away by the West Ham defence.
73: West Ham free-kick after defender Billy Jones fouls O'Neil.
74: West Brom SUB:
Zoltan Gera OFF
Romelu Lukaku ON
It is the 19-year-old's chance to shine with 15 minutes plus stoppage time to go. He is a super sub, can he win his loanee side the match at home today?!
75: West Ham SUB:
Matt Jarvis OFF
Modibo Maiga ON
Fresh legs for West Ham, as Maiga who has already scored 4 goals in the EPL this season looks to make an instant impact as a super sub and give The Hammers all three points away from home.
78: West Ham striker Carlton Cole has a shot at goal after brushing ast a West Brom defender... PARRIED AWAY!! by Boaz Myhill!
The linesman has his flag up, and has felt that Cole has fouled the defender in trying to get past him. If Cole had scored, it would not have counted..
81: West Ham SUB:
Guy Demel OFF
James Tomkins ON
Defensive tactic change for West Ham as they try to close out the match.
84: West Brom SUB:
Shane Long OFF
Markus Rosenberg ON
85: Nolan and Mulumbu both get involved in a mini bust-up, with Phil Dowd ending the fight by giving both players yellow cards.
90: The fourth official has signalled for 4 minutes of stoppage time.
90+4: The referee Phil Dowd has blown his whistle to end the match at The Hawthorns, with both sides taking a point.
West Brom stay in 6th place, moving level on points with 5th placed Everton while West Ham move above Liverpool into 11th place,
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