Christian Pulisic had plenty of reasons to celebrate on Saturday (Photo courtesy of Chelsea)
By Michael Lewis
Christian Pulisic can add another sentence to his already burgeoning resume:
His Chelsea side captured the FIFA Club World Cup crown on Saturday, edging Palmeiras, 2-1, in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
Last May, the U.S. men’s national team standout and Chelsea captured the UEFA Champions League to qualify for this tournament.
Christian Pulisic enters the match for @ChelseaFCinUSA 💪 pic.twitter.com/lwFST5Js0j
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Pulisic, who came on as a first-half substitute for Mason Mount in the 31st minute, helped set up the Blue’s first goal in the 55th minute. He slipped a pass to Callum Hudson-Odoi, who sent a left-wing cross into the box.
Romeu Lukaku put it away to boost the English Premier League side into a 1-0 lead.
Raphael Veiga, however, equalized by converting a penalty kick in the 64th minute after Chelsea was called for a handball.
Pulisic came close to scoring, drilling shots just wide left in the 57th and 73rd minutes.
Chelsea snapped the deadlock in the 117th minute as Kai Havertz put away a penalty kick after a Luan hand ball in the box.
Palmeiras was forced to play the final minutes of second-half stoppage time a man down after Luan was red carded for a dangerous challenge.