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Kai Havertz follows in Leo Messi’s footsteps to seal Chelsea’s first-ever Club World Cup

By Muhammad Butt

Published: 20:03, 12 February 2022

Kai Havertz scored an extra-time penalty to win Chelsea their first-ever Club World Cup with a 2-1 win over Palmeiras.

The Blues took the lead in the first-half through a Romelu Lukaku header, but Palmeiras fought back to equalise after half-time with a penalty from Raphael Veiga.

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The match then went to extra-time, where Chelsea dominated but couldn’t break through until Cesar Azpilicueta won a penalty six minutes from full-time.

With regular taker Jorginho on the bench and star striker Romelu Lukaku having been subbed off, it fell to Kai Havertz to step up and take the decisive spot-kick.

With an assist from Azpilicueta, Havertz did indeed step forward and with a brilliant stuttered run-up, slotted the ball home to give Chelsea a huge victory, delivering the final piece of Roman Abramovich’s trophy-winning jigaw.

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The goal made Kai Havertz the first player to score a match-winning goal in a Champions League final and then another match-winner in the subsequent Club World Cup since Leo Messi did it in 2011.

Moreover, Havertz is the very first Premier League player to score match-winners in the Champions League and Club World Cup final. Wayne Rooney has scored in both, but his goal in a Champions League final was not a match-winner.

Havertz is now in rare air. Any time you’re sharing a record with Leo Messi, you know you’re doing something very right.

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