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MLS All Stars 3-2 Chelsea: Terry & Lampard on target but Blues suffer late setback

Roberto Di Matteo's side struggled to reach top form in Philadelphia despite coming from behind and suffered their first defeat on tour after a disappointing performance

By Joe Krishnan

John Terry, Chelsea, MLS All-Star Game
Drew Hallowell
Chelsea succumbed to a last-gasp 3-2 defeat against the MLS All Stars after a disappointing performance in Philadelphia.

Chris Wondolowski opened the scoring for the All Stars after 20 minutes when John Terry failed to clear Thierry Henry's low cross, but the Blues captain made amends for his error just 11 minutes later, meeting Frank Lampard's deep corner with a fine header that flew into the net.

Midway through the second half, Lampard sublimely tucked home for the lead, but Chris Pontius then pegged the Blues back with just 18 minutes remaining after a move started by David Beckham's glorious pass.

And just as the game was heading towards a penalty shootout, former Fulham striker Eddie Johnson saw his effort deflected by David Luiz past the helpless Ross Turnbull to give the All Stars an unlikely victory.

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Chelsea decided to rest Eden Hazard and Fernando Torres, as expected, opting for Romelu Lukaku as the lone striker, while the All Stars had the luxury of fielding world-renowned names such as Beckham and Henry in their starting line-up.

Canadian midfielder Dwayne DeRosario had a shot saved by Hilario within 90 seconds but Chelsea looked to control possession, with Lampard regularly spraying passes out to the flanks and Marko Marin looking particularly dangerous.

The west London club pressed forward and England left-back Ashley Cole should have done better with his chance, but blazed his effort over from 12 yards out.

The All Stars started to get into their stride after a slow start and, when Landon Donovan cleverly flicked a header into Henry's path, the former Arsenal man was unlucky to see his through-ball blocked by Terry.

But the hosts took the lead shortly afterwards. Henry burst away on the left-hand side after being picked out by Donovan, and the 34-year-old found Wondolowski with a left-footed cross. Terry slipped and the ball fell kindly to the San Jose Earthquakes striker, who turned well and stabbed home from six yards.

Chelsea looked to hit back immediately and could have levelled, but Osvaldo Alonso's brilliant challenge denied Lampard after Lukaku squared to the England international.

Lampard was involved again minutes later, this time conjuring up a one-two with new signing Marin, but saw his deflected effort sail wide. It was from the 34-year-old's corner, however, that Chelsea got the equaliser.

The veteran delivered a looping corner into the All Stars' penalty area and, after gaining half a yard on Aurellien Collin, Terry produced a terrific header which sailed into the top corner past the helpless Jimmy Nielsen.

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The tempo slowed in the equaliser's wake and Chelsea were guilty of wasting chances with Marin and Lukaku failing to display any cutting edge in the final third.

Henry, though, had a golden chance to put the All Stars back in front. Beckham ran down the right wing unchallenged and picked out the France legend with a brilliant pass, but his curled effort fizzed narrowly past the post.

Di Matteo made four changes at the break and All Stars substitute keeper Dan Kennedy was under pressure just minutes after coming on, nervously crashing his clearance against Florent Malouda. The ball fell to Lukaku, but the £18 million man was easily disposessed.

Chelsea began to swing the momentum in their favour and a fine through pass from Marin found Lampard, whose shot was excellently saved.

The visitors then took the lead shortly after when Ramires battled his way tirelessly down the right-hand side and floated a ball to the far post. Kennedy launched himself at the ball but missed the interception, allowing Lampard to finish from close range.

It was the midfielder's last action, with Hazard among the substitutes brought on as Di Matteo looked to inject some energy into a somewhat stale encounter with very few clear-cut chances.

The All Stars were beginning to get back into the contest despite the substitutions of Henry and Wondolowski, and pulled level when Beckham's wonderful cross-field pass found the influential DeRosario, who cut back to Pontius, and the American made no mistake with the finish, unleashing a low, powerful effort past Turnbull.

With opportunities increasingly scarce, the game looked to be heading towards a penalty shootout, until some clever play let Johnson in to shoot on goal. Despite Luiz making the block, the Brazil defender could only watch as the ball looped over Turnbull into the net to send the crowd wild, condemning Chelsea to their first defeat on tour in USA.


MLS All-Stars 2009

1
Jimmy Nielsen
Goalkeeper
45′
2.50
33
2.50
78
1.50
6
Jay DeMerit
Defender
3.00
2
Justin Morrow
Defender
56′
3.00
14
Dwayne De Rosario
Midfielder
3.50
32
David Beckham
Midfielder
74′
2.50
6
Osvaldo Alonso
Midfielder
56′
2.50
10
Landon Donovan
Midfielder
45′
3.00
8
4.00
14
Thierry Henry
Striker
57′
2.50

Chelsea FC

2.00
-
2.00
2
2.00
24
Gary Cahill
Defender
76′
3.50
26
John Terry
Defender
32′ 46′
3.00
3
Ashley Cole
Defender
45′
3.00
7
Ramires
Midfielder
61′
3.00
-
Michael Essien
Midfielder
61′
2.50
21
Marko Marin
Midfielder
61′
3.50
8
Frank Lampard
Midfielder
58′ 61′
2.00
30
Yossi Benayoun
Midfielder
2.50
17

Substitutes

1
Dan Kennedy
Goalkeeper
45′
2.50
22
3.00
26
Michael Farfan
Midfielder
74′
2.50
13
Chris Pontius
Midfielder
45′ 73′
3.00
7
4.00
5
Kyle Beckerman
Midfielder
56′
 - 
8
 - 
-
 - 

Substitutes

1.00
21
Ross Turnbull
Goalkeeper
46′
2.00
20
 - 
-
2.00
4
David Luiz
Defender
46′
 - 
14
2.50
15
 - 
-
 - 
17
Eden Hazard
Midfielder
61′
 - 
12
John Obi Mikel
Midfielder
61′
 - 
14
Raúl Meireles
Midfielder
61′

Coach/Manager

2.00
-
 
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