MATCH REPORT: SINGHA ALL-STARS 0 CHELSEA 1

Summary
A Romelu Lukaku goal, scored from the penalty spot in the first half, gave Jose Mourinho victory in his first game back and won Chelsea the Singha 80th Anniversary Cup.

All tickets had been sold for this match in Bangkok and the many Chelsea fans present saw their team rarely under pressure. Any concerns that fatigue from training could make it difficult for the visitors proved unfounded.

Two summer signings - Andre Schurrle and Marco van Ginkel - were given 45 minutes apiece, as were most of the squad apart from the busy Kevin De Bruyne and Ramires who played more. Next stop is Malaysia for a game in Kuala Lumpur on Sunday.

Team news
It was nearly all-change to the line-up at half-time but for the first half, Romelu Lukaku led the attack with Lucas Piazon starting as the central player behind him. Kevin De Bruyne was on the right of attack and Andre Schurrle on the left, playing his first Chelsea game.

Frank Lampard withdrew from the starting 11 after the warm-up and was replaced in the previously announced line-up by Ramires. There was experience alongside the Brazilian in the shape of Michael Essien but youth in the form Tomas Kalas as John Terry's partner in central defence. Wallace at right-back was new in a Chelsea shirt.

First half
Prior to kick-off a new member of the Chelsea family was introduced - Bridget the Lioness joining Stamford in the stadium to wave at the crowd. When the team emerged from the same tunnel, they carried Right To Play red footballs to kick to the fans, as is now traditional during these summer tours. In a new departure, the names and numbers on the back of shirts were in Thai.

Stamford and Bridget

On a steamy Bangkok night, Ramires didn't connect with an early volleying chance inside the area after Schurrle looped a cross over, but it heralded Chelsea's early attacking play which saw the ball played into wide areas, with our new German signing enjoying his fair share of it.

On 17 minutes De Bruyne floated a free-kick wide when a shot looked more likely and Ramires headed it back across goal. Lukaku challenged but it was a combination of a Singha All-Stars defender and their keeper Kritsana Kranklin that sent the ball onto the crossbar. The Thai team survived, and they did so again a minute later when Ramires headed a corner wide.

De Bruyne's abilty to give a ball a good whack has never been in doubt and the Belgian was not too far away with a shot that swerved over the bar midway through the half.

The Thai team had made a couple of early runs deep into the Chelsea half early on and dragged one shot wide, but by now Chelsea were in complete control of the game.

Bangkok

There were plenty of signs that the three players behind the main striker are going to be flexible in their positioning with much switching this evening, and when De Bruyne and Schurrle both appeared out on the left, the pass between them was just too strong to give the German a shooting chance.

The first genuine shot on target was Lukaku's but from a position out on the right he hit the keeper with a low effort. He didn't have to wait much longer to find the net.

Wallace, having just a taken a pass inside, was fouled by Bukasa Kasonga as he burst forward for indisputable penalty. It was fired home low and to the left by the Chelsea centre-forward to make it 1-0 with 33 minutes played.

When the All-Stars got forward for the first time in ages, Cech didn't claim a corner but he did catch it cleanly as a follow-up cross came over, and then set Chelsea on the attack. A Belgian connection between De Bruyne and Lukaku led to a full-length diving save by Kritsana to prevent a second Chelsea goal. Lukaku had taken on the shooting challenge early and it was a clean strike.

Second half
De Bruyne and Ramires were the only two first-half participants that remained for the start of the second period, and five minutes in the All-Stars went their closest yet, Thitipan Puangchan quickly off the mark to head a corner a yard or so wide.

De Bruyne was taking plenty of set-pieces and a routine that caught the opposition cold ended with a fierce Ba shot deflected just wide. Cahill then went close with a header.

Just before the hour Hazard took over the game for a brief period, first having a crisp free-kick saved, then a volley from an angle from the edge of the six-yard box, before another free-kick of his - low into the danger zone - was almost turned in by Ivanovic.

The mid part of the half was most notable for an attempt to lob Jamal Blackman in goal from 50 yards out and a more realistic attempt from 35 yards by De Bruyne. The young Chelsea keeper had come on in the equivalent fixture to this two years ago.

Ramires played the full 90 minutes - a noble effort - and De Bruyne was only replaced with 78 minutes on the clock, teenage Burkina Faso midfielder Bertrand Traore introduced. Moments earlier De Bruyne had stung the keeper's palms with a free-kick, the home side lucky the rebound fell to them.

Kevin De Bruyne in action

Jose Mourinho said beforehand that this game was all about preparing for games to come but that there was also a big desire for victory. Both objectives were achieved.

Chelsea (4-2-3-1): Petr Cech (Jamal Blackman h/t); Wallace (Branislav Ivanovic h/t),Tomas Kalas (Gary Cahill h/t), John Terry (c) (Nathaniel Chalobah h/t), Ashley Cole (Ryan Bertrand h/t); Ramires, Michael Essien (Marco van Ginkel h/t); Kevin De Bruyne (Bertrand Traore 79), Lucas Piazon (Victor Moses h/t), Andre Schurrle (Eden Hazard h/t); Romelu Lukaku (Demba Ba h/t).
Scorer Lukaku 33 pen.

Singha All-Stars (5-4-1): Kritsana Kranklin (Thanongsak Panpipat h/t); Apichet Puttan (Thitipan Puangchan h/t), Belux Bukasa Kasonga, Goran Subara (Hussein Alaa Hussein h/t), Nattaporn Punrit (c), Korakod Wiriya-Udomsiri; Sho Shimoji (Phuritad Jarikanon 59), Jetsada Puanakunmee (Tanaboon Kesarat h/t), Rangsan Viwatchaichok (Romain Gasmi h/t), Lazarus Kaimbi (Chanathip Songkrasin h/t); Cleiton Silva (Sompong Soleb 68).
Booked: Hussein Alaa Hussein 60

Referee Sivakorn Pu-upom
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