Kai Havertz, who else?
After his winning goal in the Champions League final, the German national soccer player shot Chelsea to win the Club World Cup for the first time.
Thanks to a hand penalty converted by the 22-year-old in the 117th minute, England beat Palmeiras São Paulo 2-1 in extra time in Abu Dhabi on Saturday.
After the champions of Europe, we are now the champions of the world.
That sounds better,” said Havertz after the final whistle.
"I was nervous about the penalty, to be honest.
My teammates gave me confidence.
I dreamed of this as a kid.
That's incredible for me.”
After regular time, it was 1-1 (0-0) between the Londoners and the Copa Libertadores winners.
In front of 22,871 spectators, Romelu Lukaku (54th) initially gave coach Thomas Tuchel's team the lead, Raphael Veiga (64th) also equalized with a hand penalty.
Not everything pleases
The evening ultimately belonged to Havertz, who gave Chelsea their first win at the Club World Cup after losing the 2012 final.
"It never ends.
We want to keep winning these trophies," said Tuchel.
In addition to Havertz, the German international Antonio Rüdiger and substitute Timo Werner also played for the Premier League club.
Tuchel was also on the sidelines this time.
He had missed the semi-final win against the Saudi club Al Hilal because of a positive corona test, and the German coach only traveled to the United Arab Emirates on Friday.
And what the 48-year-old saw from his team, he probably didn't like for the most part.
For a long time, the Londoners found it difficult against deep-seated Brazilians and hardly created any great chances.
Two converted penalties
A few minutes after the break, Chelsea mercilessly exploited the first gap in the defensive network.
After a fine cross from Callum Hudson-Odoi, Lukaku prevailed in a header duel and scored the lead.
But that didn't last long.
Because Chelsea defender Thiago Silva touched the ball in his own penalty area, the referee decided on a penalty after viewing the video images.
Veiga converted flat and safe.
After a shot by Cesar Azpilicueta, Palmeiras professional Luan then touched the ball with his hand in the penalty area – another penalty was awarded, which Havertz safely converted into victory.
Shortly before the final whistle, Luan saw the red card (120+6) after a foul on Havertz.
In the domestic Premier League, meanwhile, the English football champions Manchester City are marching unstoppably towards the next title.
In the relegation candidates Norwich City, the Citizens won 4-0 (1-0) with national player Ilkay Gündogan in the starting line-up and have been unbeaten in 15 games.
Raheem Sterling (31st/70th/90th + 1) and Phil Foden (48th) scored the goals.
Sterling had failed before his third goal with a penalty kick, but was successful in the follow-up shot.
Coach Pep Guardiola's team leads the table with 63 points, ahead of Liverpool coach Jürgen Klopp.
Coach Ralf Rangnick has meanwhile suffered the next setback with the English record champions Manchester United.
In the duel between the former Bundesliga coach and Ralph Hasenhüttl, Manchester United only drew 1-1 (1-0) against FC Southampton and are currently fifth in the battle for the Champions League positions with 40 points.
Former Dortmunder Jadon Sancho (21st) initially put the Red Devils on course for victory.
But shortly after the break, Che Adams (48th) equalized for the guests, who are in the middle of the table with 29 points.
Manchester United's superstar Cristiano Ronaldo, who has not scored a goal for six competitive games, remained without a goal again.
Last weekend, the record champions in the FA Cup failed at second division FC Middlesbrough, followed by a 1-1 draw in the league at bottom FC Burnley.Keywords: