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Angry Cahill accuses Emerson of faking in final

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Gary Cahill fumed at the antics of Corinthians striker Emerson after he was sent off in Chelsea's Club World Cup final defeat on Sunday.

Chelsea were beaten 1-0 in Yokohama courtesy of Paolo Guerrero's second half header. Cahill was then sent off in the 89th minute after a coming-together with Emerson.

The England defender lashed out at his rival to earn a red card, a decision he accepts was justified. However, Cahill was keen to point out that he was struck first, and did not fall to the ground in order to get Emerson dismissed.

"He lashed out with his arm and hit me in the face," Cahill said.

"Someone's smashed me in the face but I didn't roll around on the floor for five minutes holding my head.

"I got up, reacted and tapped him in the shin. He felt the need to go down, roll around on the floor for about five times holding his face.

"It probably is a red card but the reaction of the guy is totally out of order for what I did if you see the impact. It wouldn't have been enough to knock over my one-year-old daughter."

Cahill will now serve a one-match suspension, meaning he misses Wednesday's Capital One Cup quarter-final at Leeds. That ban could yet be extended.

Chelsea boss Rafael Benitez acknowledged the Blues deserved to lose in Sunday's showcase encounter, but felt his big names must take responsibility for their failure. Benitez was particularly critical of Fernando Torres, who failed to score with a golden chance in the dying moments.

"He has to take these chances in a final because it's not easy to create too many," the Spaniard said. "If you have two or three, you have to score.''

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