The Straits Times
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Published on Dec 12, 2012
 

Football: Brazil's Corinthians reach Club World Cup final

 
 

TOYOTA, Japan (REUTERS) - Corinthians beat African champions Al-Ahly 1-0 on Wednesday to reach the final of the Club World Cup but the Brazilian side failed to impress as they set up a potential showdown with Chelsea.

Peru striker Paolo Guerrero twisted superbly to head the winner for the Libertadores Cup holders on the half-hour mark to the delight of the Corinthians fans in Toyota.

"We were expecting a difficult match," Corinthians coach Tite told reporters. "We had huge responsibility on us to win and mentally we were under a lot of pressure."

Corinthians, the first team since 1978 to win South America's premier club competition without losing a game, survived a second-half onslaught from Egypt's Al-Ahly to advance.