2 vs 0
Played
August 2, 2013 1:00 a.m. IST
Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, IN
 
13′ Oscar
 
28′ (PG) Eden Hazard
 

Chelsea 2-0 Inter: Oscar and Hazard give Blues flying start

The Brazilian struck following a swift counterattack and the Belgian converted a penalty as the Premier League side picked up a straightforward victory in Indianapolis

Eden Hazard, Chelsea
Goal.com

Chelsea opened their International Champions Cup campaign with a comfortable 2-0 victory over 10-man Inter.

Goals from Oscar and Eden Hazard inspired the Premier League side to victory over the Nerazzurri, who had Hugo Campagnaro sent off in the second half in the first-ever football match played at Lucas Oil Stadium, home of NFL franchise the Indianapolis Colts.

Chelsea will now face AC Milan in New York on August 4, while Inter will do battle with La Liga's Valencia on the same day.

Jose Mourinho's men had been in lethal form in their previous five pre-season fixtures, scoring 14 goals and conceding just three, but it was the Portuguese manager's former employers Inter who came closest to breaking the deadlock early on Thursday.

Fredy Guarin unleashed a volley on goal after 10 minutes of play but the Colombian midfielder, who scored 10 goals despite a disappointing 2012-13 campaign for Inter, sent his stinging effort just wide of the post.

The Indianapolis crowd did not have to wait long for the opening goal, however, with Chelsea hitting the front just three minutes later.

Inter found themselves caught out in the attacking third and Chelsea took full advantage of a three-on-three situation, with Brazilian playmaker Oscar the beneficiary.

Walter Mazzarri's Inter side almost levelled proceedings seven minutes later but Rodrigo Palacio's long-range effort was tipped away for a corner by Petr Cech.

Chelsea were then awarded a controversial penalty in the 27th minute, which was converted by Belgian winger Hazard.

Replays showed Victor Moses had been brought down just outside the area but that did not faze Hazard, who doubled the lead from the spot.

The Blues ended the opening 45 minutes with a two-goal buffer and introduced the likes of Mark Schwarzer and Michael Essien after the break.

The substitutions added some fresh impetus around the pitch and they almost made it 3-0 early in the second half, but Romelu Lukaku's thunderous strike cannoned off the post.

Inter's task was made even tougher just minutes later, when Argentine defender Campagnaro was given his marching orders for a nasty tackle on Chelsea veteran John Terry.

Campanaro's dismissal took the sting out of the game, with Inter happy to sit back and avoid any further punishment.

Mourinho's men had chances to add some extra gloss to the scoreline through substitute Fernando Torres but he was unable to find the net.

The result saw the Europa League champions end their two-game losing streak on American soil, having lost twice to Manchester City in May.



Chelsea FC

1
Petr Cech
Goalkeeper
46′
3.00
2
2.50
24
Gary Cahill
Defender
60′
3.00
26
John Terry
Defender
2.50
3
Ashley Cole
Defender
72′
2.50
7
Ramires
Midfielder
76′
3.50
16
Marco van Ginkel
Midfielder
66′
3.50
17
Eden Hazard
Midfielder
28′ 53′ 72′
4.00
11
Oscar
Striker
13′ 46′
3.50
12
Victor Moses
Striker
46′
3.00
17
Romelu Lukaku
Striker
60′
2.50

Inter

3.00
1
1.00
14
3.00
23
2.00
5
Juan Jesus
Defender
2.50
55
3.00
13
Fredy Guarín
Midfielder
2.00
19
2.50
11
2.00
11
Á. Pereira
Midfielder
2.50
8
2.00
9

Substitutes

23
Mark Schwarzer
Goalkeeper
46′
2.50
23
2.00
4
David Luiz
Defender
60′
3.00
28
2.50
-
Michael Essien
Midfielder
46′
2.00
12
John Obi Mikel
Midfielder
66′
2.50
9
3.00
8
Juan Mata
Striker
46′
3.50
19
Demba Ba
Striker
60′
2.00

Substitutes

 - 
-
2.50
30
Pablo Carrizo
Goalkeeper
2.50
2
Jonathan
Defender
67′
 - 
6
3.00
26
 - 
15
3.00
17
 - 
-
Parick Olsen
Midfielder
 - 
13
Diego Laxalt
Midfielder
 - 
39
 - 
-

Coach/Manager

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Coach/Manager

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  • Goal
  • Own Goal
  • Penalty
  • Penalty Missed
  • Yellow Card
  • Assist
  • Penalty Save
  • Penalty Shootout Goal
  • Penalty Shootout Miss
  • Yellow Card / Red Card
  • Red Card
  • Substitution IN
  • Substitution OUT
  • Injury
  • Goal.com Rating
  • Goal.com Man of the Match
  • Goal.com Flop of the Match
  • Top & Flop Global Ranking
  • Fans' Man of the Match
  • Fans' Flop of the Match
Results
Round 1 Matches
Times In IST
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Cristiano Ronaldo Cristiano Ronaldo
Striker
Real Madrid
3 0
Arturo Vidal Arturo Vidal
Midfielder
Juventus
2 2
Kevin Mirallas Kevin Mirallas
Striker
Everton
2 1
Alessandro Matri Alessandro Matri
Striker
Fiorentina
2 1
Kwadwo Asamoah Kwadwo Asamoah
Midfielder
Juventus
2 1