Barney Corkhill's Unofficial World Club Championship (UWCC) saw another defence today as champions Chelsea took on former champions Fulham at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea came in to this match on the back of a magnificent defensive performance at the Nou Camp against Barcelona, and knew they faced another stern test in just a few days time as Barca return for the second leg.
Fulham, on the other hand, were looking for a strong finish to a fantastic season which had seen them move from pre-season relegation candidates to a team on the verge of European qualification.
In this West London derby, however, it was Chelsea who emerged victorious, running out comfortable 3-1 winners.
Unlike the Barcelona match last Tuesday, today's game got off to a frantic start. Nicolas Anelka put Chelsea ahead with just 51 seconds on the clock, repaying the faith shown in him by Guus Hiddink, who started both Anelka and Drogba up front.
Fulham may have thought they were going to be on the end of a cricket score, until Danny Murphy's long pass found Erik Nevland, who ran clear of Alex before drilling the ball past Petr Cech just three minutes later.
This theme of early goal-scoring continued as, with 10 minutes on the clock, Didier Drogba and Nicolas Anelka again combined to set up Florent Malouda, who gave Chelsea their lead back.
The goal-scoring eventually slowed down, but the match was still full of chances. Nevland came close with a superb volley, while Frank Lampard saw his shot deflected inches wide. Didier Drogba also had a goal wrongly disallowed for offside.
Chelsea started the second half the same way they had the first: with a goal. It was Didier Drogba who got his name on the scoresheet this time, taking the ball past Mark Schwarzer before rolling it into the net.
Chelsea's dominance became more evident as the match went on, and they could have got more than just the three. Frank Lampard again went close, this time from a free-kick, while Drogba put another effort just wide.
Fulham's loss means they have now lost more UWCC title matches as challengers (4) than any other team in the competition's history, yet they are still the most successful champions in UWCC history.
84.6 percent of voters in the poll said that Fulham wouldn't be able to beat Chelsea, so well done to the vast majority again!
Liverpool 1-3 Chelsea (Chelsea become new champions)
Chelsea 3-1 Fulham
(Click here to see the complete history of Barney Corkhill's Unofficial World Club Championship)
Chelsea's next title defence comes on Wednesday as they face Barcelona in the Champions League semi-final second leg. Can Barcelona become the best team in the world?!
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