Chelsea ultimately broke the curse and won their first Club World Cup title with a 2-1 win over Brazilian side Palmeiras in extra time in Abu Dhabi, having failing in their first attempt.
In the 117th minute, Germany international Kai Havertz scored from the penalty spot to give Thomas Tuchel’s team the win.
After Luan Garcia blocked a shot with his hand, referee Chris Beath was ordered to the pitchside monitor.
The reigning Champions League champions struggled to produce chances in the first half, but Romelu Lukaku rose highest to head the ball home in a well-worked and well-executed move in the 55th minute.
Despite being down a goal, Palmeiras remained resilient and continued to put pressure on the west London side. Thiago Silva, a Chelsea defender, was called for handling the ball in the penalty area while attempting to repel an aerial tackle.
Beath pointed to the spot after a check from the video assistant referee. Raphael Veiga equalized for his team, sending Edouard Mendy the wrong way after being selected ahead of Kepa Arrizabalaga.
Chelsea, making only their second participation in the final, becomes the tournament’s third English champion, following Manchester United and Liverpool’s victories in 2008 and 2019, respectively.