MATCH REPORT: CHELSEA 1 PARIS ST-GERMAIN 1

Summary
Lucas Piazon, with his first goal for the senior side, ensured honours were even between Chelsea and Carlo Ancelotti's Paris St-Germain side in the first football game at the new Yankee Stadium in New York.

The first match of the east coast leg of our US tour saw us take on the French league runners-up from last season who although not selecting new signing Zlatan Ibrahimovic, gave Roberto Di Matteo's players a good work out.

PSG were the better team in the first half and went into the interval one goal to the good, Nene having scored, but a more even second half brought a late equaliser and both sides had chances to win it at the death.

Seven Chelsea players were given an hour on the pitch and John Terry and Ashley Cole came on for their first pre-season action. Petr Cech started, his first game too.

Team news
F
ive of the team that started the match against Seattle Sounders were in the 11 named by Roberto Di Matteo to begin this game -Paulo Ferreira, David Luiz, John Mikel Obi, Eden Hazard and Romelu Lukaku. Hazard again played in the middle behind Lukaku with Gael Kakuta wide on the right and Kevin De Bruyne on the left.

John Terry, who only joined up with the squad in New York, was on the bench.

PSG named new-signing Ezequiel Lavezzi, who played against us for Napoli last season, in their attack. Former Blue Alex also played.

First half
There was a wake-up call for the Chelsea defence just three minutes in when a straightforward ball over the top found Lavezzi all alone and judged just onside, however the former Napoli man's attempted finish looked casual and Cech saved with his legs.

The Blues went on the attack soon after and Paulo Ferreira's low cross was not far away from picking out Lukaku, before Lavezzi once more ran clear. This time the Argentinian chose to take the ball round Cech and tumbled in the process. He was booked by the referee who wasn't impressed when Nene tumbled at the feet of Cahill on the edge of the area soon after.

Hazard tried his luck from 30 yards after tricking his way into the middle but was wayward with his shot.

As anticipated, PSG, who were playing their third pre-season game, were giving Chelsea a more stern test than Seattle Sounders and they were proving sharp in attack. Gameiro shot over before a mistake by Hutchinson as he carried the ball into the French team's half allowed another attack which was repelled well by David Luiz.

The good linking up between the Chelsea forward players seen in Seattle was less apparent here, buta subtle touch by Hazard midway through the half allowed Lampard to surge into the box and when the ball was cleared wide, De Bruyne crossed with menace but the keeper caught.

Nene played a neat little return chip to PSG full-back Jallet who had continued his run but taking the shot on early, he fired too high.

Our opponents did take the lead on 29 minutes and it was unimpressive defending by the Blues. Taking a backheel in his stride, Pastore was allowed to wriggle through a tight space between Cahill and Kakuta and although his shot hit the post, it came back to Nene to find the net via the leg of David Luiz.

At the other end we were finding it hard to create a genuine chance although David Luiz was venturing forward more to try to spark something for his side. A long pass found Lukaku playing the target-man role and as he dribbled away from goal, Lampard took command and had a shot that was half-blocked.

Hazard was fouled just five yards further on than the centre-circle and Lampard wound-up for an ultra-long-range strike that was on target but at the keeper. It was the first Chelsea shot on-target.

Second half
The second half saw four Chelsea changes at its start as more players were given longer on the pitch than in Seattle but it took a while to get going.

Hazard went on an enterprising run 10 minutes in but as he pulled the ball towards the near post it was turned behind for a corner. A miscued clearance as the corner was played in fell to Ivanovic but he couldn't make a decent contact.

PSG had made eight changes at the interval and one of those introduced, Marco Verratti, was booked for sliding through the back of Ramires shortly after Mikel had been cautioned for a foul.

The remaining Chelsea players who had started the game were replaced on 62 minutes, with Terry one of those introduced to begin his pre-season.

Hoarau was unmarked on 68 minutes as he headed a cross wide of the Chelsea goal while at the other end Marin and Malouda combined to draw a hurried sliding clearance from the PSG defence. Marin was then challenged in the box with a sliding tackle and believed he should have been given a penalty.

The Chelsea equaliser was made in Brazil, 18-year-old Lucas Piazon and Ramires combining to break through the Paris ranks. It was Piazon who found Ramires with a pass out to the right and when the ball was squared back into the area, Piazon kept his cool to slot into the bottom corner. There were 82 minutes played.

The many Chelsea fans in the 38,202 crowd received the goal very enthusiastically and they would have been even happier had Malouda not shot against the keeper's legs from close range after Cole had found him unmarked in the box.

Chelsea could have won it then and it took three interventions from Ross Turnbull to prevent PSG snatching it in the final five minutes, the third punching away a very powerful shot from Pastore.

Chelsea (4-2-3-1): Cech (Turnbull 62); Hutchinson (Chalobah 62), Cahill (Terry 62), David Luiz (Ivanovic h-t), Ferreira (Cole 62); Mikel (McEachran 62), Lampard (c) (Essien h-t); Kakuta (Ramires h-t), Hazard (Malouda 62), De Bruyne (Marin h-t); Lukaku (Piazon 62).
Goal Piazon 82.
Booked Mikel 58.

PSG first half (4-3-2-1): Douchez; Jallet (c), Alex, Sakho, Armand; Chantome, Bodmer, Pastore; Nene, Lavezzi; Gameiro
PSG second half (4-3-3): Douchez (Areola 80); Bisevac, Lugano, Camara (c), Tiene; Chantome (Rabiot 63), Verratti, Maxwell; Pastore, Hoarau, Luyindula.
Unused sub Le Crom
Goal Nene 29.
Booked Lavezzi 7, Sakho 40, Verratti 59.

Referee Edvin Jurisevic.
Attendance 38,202.