Chelsea hero Kai Havertz reveals he was only THIRD CHOICE penalty taker for Club World Cup and was nervous before winner


KAI HAVERTZ once again proved to be the hero as his 117th minute penalty won Chelsea the Club World Cup.

The 22-year-old, who scored the winner in the Champions League final against Manchester City, held his nerve at the death in the 2-1 win over Palmeiras.


Chelsea star Kai Havertz scored the winning goal in the Club World Cup final victory over PalmeirasCredit: Reuters
German ace Havertz tucked his penalty home in the bottom left corner in the 117th minute


German ace Havertz tucked his penalty home in the bottom left corner in the 117th minuteCredit: Reuters

Romelu Lukaku put the Blues up in the 55th minute with a fine header, only for Brazilian outfit Palmeiras to equalise shortly after through Raphael Veiga’s spot-kick.

The game then looked to be heading for penalties, only for Cesar Azpilicueta’s effort to be handled by defender Luan.

With Jorginho on the bench and Lukaku already substituted, Havertz stepped up to take the crucial kick.

And Havertz made no mistake as he tucked his effort into the bottom left corner to spark wild celebrations.

Following the victory, the Germany international spoke of his delight as his nerves failed to get the better of him.

He told Channel 4: “It’s amazing. After champions of Europe, we are now champions of the world. It sounds better.


“I was nervous [taking the penalty], I have to be honest. It’s a big penalty. It’s just crazy. It was good I kept the nerves. I am very happy. i

“I was the third penalty taker but I was the only one left on the pitch.

“My team-mates gave me trust. I dreamed always as a kid of this. This is an amazing feeling for me.”

Boss Thomas Tuchel then discussed Havertz’s nerves, as he remarked: “In the end if you score late you need luck to do it but we were relentless and we did not stop trying.

“We did not give in. We had the lead then lost it but never stopped. It was deserved but also lucky when you score late.

“The penalty does not look nervous [from Kai Havertz] but for sure he was.

“You cannot not be nervous in this situation. We trusted the statistics and I’m happy for him.”

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