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Match report: Thailand All-Stars 0 Chelsea 1

Dominic Solanke scored the only goal of the game, sweeping home from an Ola Aina cross early on, as we opened our post-season tour with a 1-0 win over the Thailand All-Stars.

Jeremie Boga started in the central position of the attacking trio in behind Solanke, with Loic Remy wide on the right and Izzy Brown operating on the left.

The home side, made up of the best players in Thailand, started in confident fashion, retaining possession and looking to get forward quickly, but it was the Blues who struck first.

Brown played it inside to Charlie Colkett, who cushioned the ball into the path of the advancing Aina. The right-back's cross was a good one and Solanke, prolific for our Academy sides all season, finished brilliantly with a first-time strike which nestled in the bottom corner.

Boga began to have an impact on proceedings as we went in search of a second goal. The Frenchman eased away from two defenders with a neat piece of skill before releasing Nathan Ake down the left, whose teasing delivery was headed behind for a corner.

Petr Cech, our first-half captain, was forced into his first save of the game midway through the opening period, diving low to his right to save an acroabatic effort.

Remy and Aina then combined well to fashion an opportunity, but the striker failed to find a significant connection, before Solanke saw an effort blocked.

On the stroke of the break Solanke came mighty close to doubling his personal tally, showing great determination to latch on to a Brown pass, but as he smartly lifted the ball over the advancing goalkeeper it dropped the wrong side of the post.

Mourinho made 11 changes at half-time, giving the Thai supporters an opportunity to see the likes of John Terry, Eden Hazard and Diego Costa at close quarters.

Hazard was quickly involved and flashed a strike wide of the far post while his young compatriot Charly Musonda looked particularly threatening when in possession.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek was deployed in the 'number 10' position, with Jordan Houghton sitting deeper alongside Nemanja Matic. Jay Dasilva, 17, was handed an opportunity at left-back.

Cesar Azpilicueta went close with a header from Musonda's delivery and Hazard then tested the All-Stars' goalkeeper with a left-footed drive after cutting inside his man.

Musonda started, and almost finished, a quick break moments later but could only steer his strike over the bar from a Diego Costa pass.

The locals were on their feet every time Hazard picked up possession, and the winger should have extended our advantage when he was picked out by a clever Diego Costa pass. With just the keeper to beat, however, the Belgian delayed his strike and the chance went begging.

Loftus-Cheek's ability to quickly turn defence into attack was becoming a real asset as the second half progressed, but with just a one-goal advantage the All-Stars remained in the contest, and they almost levelled, only to be denied when Andreas Christensen headed off the line.

Matic released Musonda with a perfectly weighted pass, offering the youngster a clear sight of goal, but while his strike was a decent one, the keeper was equal to it and made an impressive save.

A double switch during the second half saw Solanke return to the action, at the expense of Diego Costa, while Mitchell Beeney replaced Jamal Blackman in goal.

There was very little goalmouth action to speak of in the closing stages, however, and it ended 1-0, giving us a winning start to our post-season tour.

The Blues are next in action Tuesday, when we face Sydney FC in Australia.


Chelsea (4-2-3-1): Cech (c) (Blackman h/t) (Beeney 81); Aina (Azpilicueta h/t), Ivanovic (Christensen h/t), Clarke-Salter (Terry (c) h/t), Ake (J Dasilva h/t); Mikel (Houghton h/t), Colkett (Matic h/t); Solanke (C Musonda h/t), Boga (Loftus-Cheek h/t), Brown (Hazard h/t); Remy (Diego Costa h/t) (Solanke 81).
Scorer Solanke 13
Booked Azpilicueta 84

Thailand All-Stars (4-1-4-1): Bootprom (Wongmeema 58) (Buathong 83); Homsaen (Srikampang 58), Chunuonsee (Kingkaew 58), Boonyong, Thongkrit (Phala 51); Konjan (Wannasri 58); Samre (Masuk h/t), Dechmitr (Srinawong 58), Tongtae, Siripala (Kraisorn 58); Dangda (c)
Booked Chunuonsee 34

Referee Alongkorn Feemuechang (Thailand)
Crowd 39,590

 

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