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Chelsea faced former Man Utd star Odion Ighalo in the Club World Cup semi-final as he scored in Al Hilal’s record match against Al Jazira

CHELSEA will face Al Hilal in the Club World Cup semi-final after the Saudis brutally destroyed Al Jazira 6-1.

Sunday’s win was the largest margin of victory in the competition’s history, with one exceptionManchester United striker Odion Ighalo scored on his debut for the club.

Ighalo's goal helped set up Club World Cup semi-final meeting with Chelsea

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Ighalo’s goal helped set up Club World Cup semi-final meeting with ChelseaCredit: Getty
The Blues have arrived in the UAE after their FA Cup win over Plymouth

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The Blues have arrived in the UAE after their FA Cup win over PlymouthCredit: Getty

Ighalo only joined Al Hilal from Saudi Arabia team-mate Al Shabab in January, and he marked his first game with a goal against Emirati’s Al Jazira.

He will now take the lead in the semi-finals next Wednesday Chelsea to UAE today to join the tournament.

Initially, Al Hilal led 1-0, but Ighalo’s effort and a goal from former West Brom player Matheus Pereira helped them from behind to score a record victory.

Ighalo spent a year on loan at Manchester United from Shanghai Shenhua between 2020 and 2021, scoring five goals in 25 games for the Reds.

He was regarding a move to Newcastle for the winter last month.

And he will be hoping to prove a point in the face of Premier League opposition in Chelsea on Wednesday night, after failing to make a mark at Old Trafford.

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Chelsea squad for Club World Cup

Here is Chelsea’s 23-man squad for the Club World Cup:

Goalie: Kepa Arrizabalaga, Marcus Bettinelli.

Defender: Antonio Rudiger, Andreas Christensen, Thiago Silva, Trevoh Chalobah, Malang Sarr, Cesar Azpilicueta, Reece James, Kenedy, Marcos Alonso.

Midfielder: Jorginho, N’Golo Kante, Mateo Kovacic, Saul Niguez, Ross Barkley.

Striker: Hakim Ziyech, Christian Pulisic, Mason Mount, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Timo Werner, Kai Havertz, Romelu Lukaku.

The winner of the semi-final between Al Hilal and Chelsea will face Brazil’s Palmeiras or Egypt’s Al-Ahly in the Club World Cup final.

The Blues met in the UAE after passing Plymouth 2-1 in the FA Cup on saturday, but boss Thomas Tuchel was no longer seen.

The German coach continues to self-isolate after signing contract with Covid.

He returned a positive test result just hours before FA Cup The clash was in the fourth round and was not included in Chelsea’s victory in extra time.

Tuchel is expected to miss Wednesday’s games against Igalo and Al Hilal, but there is a chance he could fly out and link up with his team if Chelsea progress to the final.

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