Saturday July 28, 2012 July Finished

  1. Chelsea to continue spending spree

    Chelsea to continue spending spree

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    • AC Milan
    • Chelsea
    • 90' FULL TIME. That's it. Milan 1-0 Chelsea in Miami.
    • 88' Torres gets a sight of goal after Milan made a hash of clearing the ball. Torres seized on it and tried to go around Bonera when perhaps he could have shot early, and Torres runs out of space.
    • 86' Chelsea win a free-kick, but Malouda's delivery is rather poor. Chelsea almost out of time here.
    • 84' But Hazard strikes the free-kick some way over the bar. Good chance for Chelsea.
    • 82' Bonera nudges Torres in the back, and Chelsea have a free-kick on the very edge of the box.
    • 79' Emanuelson threads the ball through to Nocerino - but Cahill makes a superb intervention to deny him space to shoot.
    • 77' Chelsea pushing for an equaliser but it doesn't seem to be happening for them. Milan have built a brick wall on the edge of their box.
    • 74' Chelsea subs: Malouda & Essien ON, Lampard & Ivanovic OFF.
    • 72' Milan sub: Valoti ON, Boateng OFF.
    • 71' Milan have their tails up and maintain the pressure with a corner - but Chelsea get it away.
    • 69' A slice of good fortune for Milan, who hit Chelsea on the break. Emanuelson drives forward and finds El Shaarawy. His shot is deflected into the path of Emanuelson, who tucks in from close-range.
    • 68' GOAL! Emanuelson scores for Milan!
    • 67' Chelsea win a corner, which Lampard whips in - but Luiz heads miles wide at the near post.
    • 66' The host of changes in the last few minutes will do little for the flow of the game - but lets hope it will bring a goal. 24 to play in Miami.
    • 64' Good work by Torres as he jinks his way into the box. He is halted but Lampard attempts a chip from the rebound - but the ball drops wide of the post.
    • 62' Milan subs: Montolivo, Nocerino, Abate & Acerbi ON, Antonini, Flamini, Yepes & Ambrosini OFF.
    • 60' Chelsea double sub: Cahill & Ferreira ON, Terry & Cole OFF
    • 58' Such a buzz inside the stadium for the arrival of Torres. Can he find the goal that Chelsea deserve?
    • 56' Chelsea sub: Torres ON, Lukaku OFF.
    • 54' Hazard drives into the box and finds Ivanovic, who puts it back into Hazard's path - but Mesbah gets across to make a last-ditch challenge.
    • 52' Milan really chasing shadows out there. Chelsea becoming increasingly dominant - but can they reward themselves with a goal?
    • 50' Chelsea looking much better now. Lukaku rolls the ball back to Hazard, who dummies it for Lampard - and the Englishman strikes a solid effort at goal. But it's straight at Amelia.
    • 48' Hazard has moved into the centre - with Marin on the left - and Chelsea already benefitting.
    • 47' Chelsea finally register a shot on target. A sustained spell of possession ends with Mikel testing Amelia from 20 yards.
    • 46' SECOND HALF. We are underway again after a 20 minute (!) half time break.
    • - Chelsea making one change at the break: Marin ON, Meireles OFF.
    • - Chelsea have just about shaded it in my opinion, but what do you think? Tweet me
    • 45' HALF TIME. It's 0-0 at the break - and it's been a half starved of goalmouth action. Let's hope they let their hair down in the second half.
    • 43' Chelsea just playing out the half it seems. But it's been a largely comfortable one for the Blues.
    • 41' Lukaku has cut an isolated figure in attack for Chelsea, it must be said.
    • 40' Play resumes and Lampard whips in a corner from the right. Terry meets it but heads wide.
    • 39' Lampard plays the free-kick short to Cole, whose good cross finds Ivanovic - but the Serbian takes a big hit as he goes up for the header. Treatment will be needed here...
    • 38' Meireles is bundled over by Traore, who has given away a few fouls already today.
    • 37' Bonera comes across and barges Hazard to the ground - clear foul but nothing given again. Hazard not getting the rub of the green out there.
    • 36' El Shaarawy has a tame effort saved by Cech, but Milan really growing into the contest.
    • 34' Milan should be ahead. Antonini finds Boateng, who drives strongly at the Chelsea defence befre feeding Emanuelson. But his first-time shot is poor - and rises into the stands. Waste.
    • 33' Milan seeing far more of the ball now; and looking more confident.
    • 32' Milan play it short to Antonini - but his cross is emphatically headed clear by Terry.
    • 31' El Shaarawy forces Cole to concede a corner.
    • 29' Flamini gets into an excellent position inside the box, but Ivanovic gets across to deny him a shooting opportunity.
    • 28' But Milan create their first chance of the game. El Shaarawy skips past Cole and lays the ball off to Traore who pokes the ball into the side-netting from 18 yards.
    • 27' Milan have sold Ibrahimovic, and with Robinho and Cassano not on the field, they are lacking options in attack today.
    • 26' El Shaarawy swings the ball into the box, but it's just catching practice for Cech.
    • 25' Ivanovic catches Mesbah very late - and Milan have a chance to send the big men forward here.
    • 23' Hazard is making life difficult for Bonera, who has a bite at Hazard - but the referee isn't interested.
    • 22' Lukaku lays the ball back to Ramires, who tries to pick out Lampard's well-timed run into the box with a lofted ball into the box - but Milan keeper Ameila comes out to claim.
    • 20' But the tempo of the game has dropped somewhat - probably because of the Florida heat.
    • 19' Chelsea will surely open the scoring if they are patient, Milan looking ragged.
    • 18' Hazard, who's playing on the left of a three-man Chelsea midfield, and Cole are linking very well.
    • 17' Meireles drives into a good position in the box, but Bonera is alert to the danger and shields the ball out for a goal kick. Still all Chelsea.
    • 15' Superb flick by Boateng gets Traore moving - but his cross into the box is cleared by Terry.
    • 14' Lampard clips it towards Ivanovic, but Milan clear.
    • 13' Lukaku goes down 25 yards from goal and Chelsea have a free-kick.
    • 12' Hazard running the show at the moment. Ivanovic picks him out with a sweeping ball wide and Hazard drives into the box, but can't quite reach Meireles's return pass.
    • 10' Wonderful play by Hazard as he cuts in from the right and sees his low right-footed effort blocked. Great turn of pace by Hazard though.
    • 9' Chelsea dominating the game so far. They look by far the sharper of the two sides, not surprising as this is only Milan's second pre-season match.
    • 8' Chance for Chelsea! The resulting free-kick finds Ivanovic at the far post, and his powerful header back across goal finds Terry, who steers his shot narrowly over. Decent chance, that.
    • 7' Hazard is cynically fouled by Traore as the Belgian was leading a promising counter-attack for Chelsea.
    • 5' Emanuelson strides forward with a purposeful run from midfield, but just overruns it - and Lampard picks up the pieces.
    • 3' Mesbah gets forward from left-back and causes problems with a dangerous cross, but Chelsea get it away.
    • 2' Real buzz in the stadium as Hazard makes his first run at the Milan defence - but he slightly overhits his pass to Ashley Cole, and the ball rolls out of play.
    • 1' KICK OFF. We are belatedly underway in the late afternoon Miami sun.
    • 23.35 Still awaiting kick-off in Miami, things running a few minutes behind schedule.
    • 23.28 The players are filing out of the tunnel now, so just enough time for you to let me know how this one will go... Tweet me
    • 23.25 Former Chelsea and Milan superstar George Weah, now a Miami resident, is in the stands for tonight's match. He's just admitted he didn't like training against John Terry. "He used to kick me," he says.
    • 23.20 CHELSEA: Cech; Ivanovic, Luiz, Terry (c), Cole; Mikel, Lampard; Ramires, Hazard, Meireles; Lukaku. Subs: Blackman, Ferreira, Hutchinson, Chalobah, Cahill, Essien, Marin, Malouda, Piazon, Torres /// AC MILAN: Amelia, Antonini, Yepes, Bonera, Mesbah, Ambrosini, Traore, Flamini, Prince-Boateng, Emanuelson, El Shaarawy. Subs: De Sciglio, Nocerino, Acerbi, Montolvio, Abate, Cristante, Ganz, Valoti, Pazzagli, Prosenik.
    • 23.15 Hello everyone. Welcome to this flagship pre-season friendly between Chelsea and AC Milan in Miami. Sounds good that, doesn't it?
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