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The timewasting actions of Jorginho that Chelsea got away with against Palmeiras

The timewasting actions of Jorginho that Chelsea got away with against Palmeiras

European Champions Chelsea successfully added the Club World Cup to their expanding trophy cabinet after seeing off Brazilian side Palmeiras in the final.

German international Kai Havertz dispatched a 117th minute penalty to bring the trophy home at the end of extra time. The London side’s maiden Club WC win means they now join an elite group of 5 clubs to have won every major club trophy in existence.

It really showed how much the trophy meant to the Blues as Havertz was mobbed by his teammates right in front of the Chelsea supporters near the corner flag.  

During the goal celebrations, Italian midfielder Jorginho saw a window of opportunity to buy his some more time at the close of extra time.

While the Italian had started the semi-final against Saudi outfit Al Hilal and played the first 45 minutes, he was left on the bench by Thomas Tuchel in the final.

If he had been on the pitch, Jorginho would certainly have been the one to take the penalty, being the Blues’ penalty specialist. But even as a substitute, he felt he could help the team as he pulled everyone close in a huddle in an effort to waste time and prevent a late Palmeiras equaliser.

His effort was commendable as it definitely looked like a genuine extended celebration as emotions were running high and not a professional timewasting tactic.

Perhaps if the referee could have accessed a fan’s camera instead of the VAR monitor, Jorginho would not have avoided a caution at the very least. But he would not have minded taking one for the team, especially on a night like this.