Torres on target again as Chelsea advance to Club World Cup final

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Updated: December 13, 2012

Fernando Torres continued his recent resurgence as Chelsea brushed aside Mexico’s Monterrey 3-1 to reach the final of the Club World Cup in Japan on Thursday.

Chelsea have the unfortunate distinction of being the first holders of the Champions League to lose in the group stages, something they will want to forget, and a win in the final over Corinthians will go some lengths to help this.

Juan Mata finished off a classy move in the 17th minute to give Chelsea the lead, smashing in a left-foot shot after a low ball from Ashley Cole, sent clear by a back-heel from Oscar.

Spain teammate Torres added Chelsea’s second with a deflected drive 20 seconds after the break, his fifth goal in three games.

Mata’s cross was turned into his own net by Darvin Chavez moments later to effectively kill off the game, although Aldo de Nigris grabbed a consolation for Monterrey in stoppage time.

Interim manager Rafa Benitez must be delighted with the form of the inaugurated Fernando Torres. Hi sharpness and confidence has returned since Benitez came in, no surprise considering it was Benitez that got the best out of Torres during their time together at Liverpool.