MINUTE DETAIL: CHELSEA 2 CLUB AMERICA 0

Posted on: Wed 05 Aug 2009

World Football Challenge, Sunday July 26th 2009 at Cowboys Stadium, Dallas, Texas, USA.
Chelsea (4-1-2-1-2): Hilario (Turnbull h-t), Mancienne (Ivanovic 66), Alex, Carvalho (c), Hutchinson (A Cole 66); Essien; Sinclair (Shevchenko h-t), Malouda; Deco; Kalou (Pizarro 63), Sturridge (Di Santo h-t).
Manager Carlo Ancelotti
Club America (4-4-2): Club América: Navarrete; O Rojas, R Rojas (Sanchez 63), Mosquera (Inigo 73), Cerda;Reyna (Montenegro 53), Pardo (Rivas 80), Silva (Kontogiannis 63), Beausejour; Esqeda, Cabanas.
Manager Jesus Ramirez.

Referee
Paul Ward.
Crowd 57,229.
Environment Indoors. 6.22pm kick-off local time.
Kit Chelsea - blue shirts and shorts, white socks. Club America -Yellow shirts, shorts and socks.

First-half.
Kick-off Club America.
7 Chance Sturridge's first-time shot onto a Sinclair cross flies well wide. The Mexicans have been doing all the attacking.
17 Booked R Rojas for tugging the shirt of Sturridge. A rare incident in an uneventful opening.
21 Save Hilario makes a very good one-handed save from Esqueda's header after the striker beats Kalou at a corner.
22 Escape Now Esqueda side-foots just wide after a rapid passing move.
28 Having a go Alex from 35 yards shoots a couple of yards wide after Sinclair wins a free-kick with a dribble.
34 Woodwork Kalou heads Malouda's curving free-kick on-target but with a good save, the keeper tips it onto the post.
36 Woodwork againThis time Carvalho's header from a Malouda corner bounces down and onto the post, and is then scrambled across the goal and away.
45 So near A huge melee just six yards from goal after Malouda crosses in low. First Alex and then Sinclair get shots in but they are both blocked by the yellow wall.
Stoppage time 2 min.

Half-time Chelsea 0 Club America 0

Second-half.
Half-time substitutions: Turnbull for Hilario, Shevchenko for Sinclair, Di Santo for Sturridge. Kalou moves back to the front of the diamond.
Kick-off Chelsea.
48 Booked Hutchinson for an innocuous coming together with Martinez.
53 Club America substitution Montenegro for Reyna.
58 Shot Di Santo curls an effort on the run over from distance.
60 Save Turnbull pushes a well-struck shot from Cerda past the post.
63 Woodwork Club America's turn to strike a post, Cabanas heading a free-kick onto it.
63 Chelsea substitution Pizarro for Kalou.
63 Club America substitution Kontogiannis for Silva, Martinez for . Sanchez for R Rojas.
66 Chelsea substitutions Cole for Hutchinson, Ivanovic for Mancienne.
73 Club America Inigo for Mosquera.
75 CHELSEA GOAL Di Santo from five yards out stabs in Malouda's chip over the defence for his first pre-season goal. He is mobbed by most of the Chelsea bench in celebration.
77 CHELSEA GOAL Malouda into an open net after Di Santo turns provider, skinning O Rojas on the bye-line and crossing low.
80 Club America substitution Rivas for Pardo.

Stoppage time 3 mins.

Unused subs Chelsea: Cech, Lampard, Drogba, Mikel, Bosingwa, Terry, Belletti, Anelka. Club America:

Shots on target Chelsea 5 Club America 3
Corners Chelsea 5 Club America 3
Fouls Chelsea 9 Club America 14
Offsides Chelsea 0 Club America 1

Comment Six players with less than 90 minutes on-pitch time in the pre-season are given starts. Carvalho captains. The changes naturally cause some upset to the flow but Chelsea improve as the first half continues and hit the post twice. It is however the first time Ancelotti's team fail to find the net before the interval. Club America hit the post in the second half but Chelsea eventually grind the Mexicans down. Di Santo and Malouda hit their first pre-season goals, Malouda against the same opposition he netted his first Chelsea goal against two years ago. Against a side playing their seventh pre-season game compared with Chelsea's fourth, fitness did not look lacking. A thunderstorm rages outside in the second half but no leaks are spotted. The win secures a tournament victory and makes it a 100 per cent US tour with only Ballack's injury on the debit side. Jerry Jones, the owner of the Dallas Cowboys awarded the trophy. The combined crowd total who watched Chelsea's tour was 274,945, averaging 68,736 - the largest for a four-match tour in US history.