Spanish defender Cesar Azpilicueta fooled Palmeiras players into thinking he would take decisive Chelsea penalty In the build-up to Kai Havertz converting the winning spot-kick, the role captain Cesar Azpilicueta performed shouldn’t go unnoticed Chelsea clinched the FIFA Club World Cup after beating Palmeiras 2-1 after extra time on Saturday evening.
Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta played a leader’s role prior to Kai Havertz’s extra time winner in the Club World Cup final. Cesar Azpilicueta helped take the pressure off Kai Havertz before the Germany international scored Chelsea’s winning goal.
The Blues took the lead through Romelu Lukaku’s bullet header but Cavalcante Veiga equalised from the penalty spot following Thiago Silva’s handball offence. The game went to extra time and Chelsea rewarded with a penalty following another handball incident. Azpilicueta showed an incredible level of footballing intelligence by holding onto the ball for a lengthy amount of time and essentially made Palmeiras think that he was going to take the penalty.
And just before the referee signalled for the spot-kick to be taken, he gave it to Havertz who made no mistake by sending the goalkeeper the wrong way to clinch victory.