Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich celebrates Kai Havertz’s extra-time penalty winner in Club World Cup final vs Palmeiras

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ROMAN Abramovich put his hands together as a Kai Havertz penalty sealed the Club World Cup for Chelsea.

The billionaire Blues owner couldn’t hide his delight as his side edged out Palmeiras to become champions of the world.


Kai Havertz sealed victory with a penalty in extra timeCredit: Getty
Roman Abramovich signalled his approval from the stands


Roman Abramovich signalled his approval from the standsCredit: C4

Chelsea were made to work by their Brazilian rivals at Abu Dhabi’s Mohammed bin Zayed Stadium.

The sides were all square at 1-1 as the final went to extra time.

Romelu Lukaku opened the scoring for the Champions League winners on 55 minutes after a goalless first-half.

Palmeiras struck back just ten minutes later as Raphael Veiga fired home from the spot.

The Copa Libertadores champions were cheered on by a rowdy contingent of 15,000 travelling fans.

Yet when Havertz sent keeper Weverton the wrong way, with three minutes of extra-time left, the 15,000 Brazilian fans fell silent.


The last European team to fail to win this competition were Chelsea themselves in 2012, when they lost to Corinthians – city neighbours of Palmeiras.

This year the Blues were playing against a team from the same country – even the same city – but at least they got a different result.

The win means Abramovich’s men have now claimed every trophy going while under the Russian’s ownership.

And with the 54-year-old rarely attending his team’s games these days, he was clearly chuffed to see this triumph in person.

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