0 vs 2
August 5, 2013 4:00 AM IST
Andre Schürrle 90+2′
That's all from me tonight, thanks for joining me, @HushKerai, on Goal for this Guinness International Champions Cup match. You can follow the Real Madrid v Chelsea final right here on Goal too. Until then, good night!
On the night, Kevin de Bruyne's well taken finish and Andre Schurrle's sublime volley, his first goal for the Blues, proved enough for Chelsea as their backline defended stoically to hold out against Milan pressure. Jose Mourinho will be pleased with what he saw.
Chelsea v Real Madrid. That is you Guinness International Champions Cup final folks. Impressive 2-0 wins over Inter and AC Milan secures passage to the finale against the Spanish giants.
FULL-TIME: AC Milan 0-2 Chelsea
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Goal Andre Schürrle
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GOAL! Andre Schurrle scores his first ever Chelsea goal! The German finds the bottom right hand corner with a sublime volley leaving Abbiati no chance. Moses' cross was exceptional and the finish was equal to it.
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CHANCE! Ramires again breaks past the Milan defence but tries to square it to Lukaku when he could have gone for goal himself. Abbiai manages to make an intervention and Milan hang on.
Ramires tries to launch one final Chelsea attack but his pass to Moses is hit a little bit short allowing Milan to regain possession.
Chelsea win a free kick as he final whistle looms. They've deserved this victory on balance although they've not had it all their way. Seconds remaining now, can Milan take it to penalties?
Niang shows some impressive leg speed on he left flank but Milan lose possession once he looks inside. It eventually returns to Niang again, but he can only float a cross into the arms of substitute keeper Schwarzer.
Substitution Fernando Torres Romelu Lukaku
Meanwhile, Romelu Lukaku is going to be the final, of many, substitutions this evening. He replaces Fernando Torres, who gets a slap of approval from the Special One on the touchline.
Victor Moses does brilliantly to beat his man and get to the byline but his efforts are in vain as no Chelsea player is there in support and his cross just sails into the abyss.
Fernando Torres springs away on the right hand side and cuts in to find Andre Schurrle with a clever pass. The German hesitates when in the box though, and eventually scuffs a shot via a deflection into Abbiati.
John Terry gets his boot to a cross from Boateng before Chelsea play the ball out from the back via Petr Cech. His long kick is hit towards Victor Moses but it flies way over his head and Milan go again.
CHANCE! Fernando Torres brings the ball forward and combines with Victor Moses before finding Andre Schurrle's forward run. The German hits a right-footed shot first time but sends it over the bar!
Substitution Nigel De Jong Davide Pacifico
It's Niang again, he brings down a lofted ball inside the Chelsea area and swivels inside the box. He tries to bend one into the bottom corner but it's another fantastic block from Gary Cahill.
Substitution Kevin-Prince Boateng Kingsley Boateng
CHANCE! Niang does well drifting out to the right flank before curling a dangerous ball into the box. Nocerino is there ahead of Cech but he gets his header all wrong. Let off for the Blues.
Chelsea are in attack again but their chance comes to nothing as Fernando Torres' cross to Andre Schurrle is underhit, allowing Milan to clear. Juan Mata and Fernando Torres are beginning to shine in particular.
Fernando Torres slips over the ball on the right flank but recovers brilliantly beating three players with a slalom run but he falls at the final hurdle when he tries to find Schurrle.
Substitution Eden Hazard Andre Schürrle
Substitution Cristian Zapata Kevin Constant
Yellow Card Matías Silvestre
Chelsea then launch a counterattack and look threating before Silvestre brings down Ramires with a really late challenge about 30 yards from the goal. Free kick Milan...
Milan bring the ball forward and Niang manages to turn on the edge of the area but his right-footed shot is closed down well by Cahill.
Substitution Marco van Ginkel John Obi Mikel
Juan Mata hits a decent shot from about 25 yards out, the strike is on target but Abbiati gets down well and deals with it confidently.
A decent opening for Chelsea as Victor Moses makes a run all the way down the right flank and inside the box before electing to go for goal from a near impossible angle. His shot never looked like going in, a few unhappy team-mates glare at him across the pitch.
Kevin Prince-Boateng has been found in some dangerous positions by his team-mates but his finishing has been far from clinical. Another good move is ended with a scuppered shot from the Ghana international.
Niang has his first involvement in the game, squaring up against Ramires but the Chelsea man comes out on top. He then wins a free kick off of the Milan forward to give his side some respite.
Whenever Milan have tried the long diagonal pass it hasn't worked for them. Their latest attempt only hands possession to Chelsea and they eventually work it to Mata who crosses for Ramires at the back post. The Brazilian gets up high but misdirects his header under pressure.
Substitution Riccardo Montolivo Antonio Nocerino
The introduction of all the fresh legs is breathing new impetus into this match. We should have an exciting second half in store, Nocerino is one of a number of new Milan players joining the action.
Muntari finds El Shaarawy with a neat pass in the final third and the Italian creates space for a shot with a clever first touch. John Terry launches himself at the ball though and manages to block the curling effort.
Fernando Torres glides past one or two players and finds Van Ginkel with a nice pass. The midfielder elects to shoot but slices his effort wide of Abbiati's left-hand post.
A chance for Torres as Mata finds him on the run in the final third but a Milan defender manages to come across and clear for a corner. John Terry attempts an audacios volley from it, but the substitute defender blazes his effort wide.
Victor Moses powers up the right flank and wins a throw-in for the Blues. He was impressive against Inter in their last match and will hope to pick up from where he left off that night.
Boateng attempts a clever through ball inside Ivanovic but John Terry does well to get to the ball first and slide it away for a corner. The Blues then defend the corner well with two strong headers to clear.
AC Milan try to work an attack down the right flank but come unstuck against Ivanovic, who has moved to right-back in the half-time reshuffle. Fernando Torres meanwhile concedes a free kick in the Milan half.
Substitution Cristian Zapata Cristian Zaccardo
Substitution Petr Cech Mark Schwarzer
Substitution Gary Cahill John Terry
Substitution Oscar Juan Mata
Substitution Kevin De Bruyne Ashley Cole
Substitution Michael Essien Fernando Torres
Substitution Ryan Bertrand Victor Moses
Substitution Demba Ba Ramires
Substitution Mario Balotelli Andrea Petagna
Fernando Torres, Ramires, John Terry and Victor Moses are on for the Blues among a number of changes. AC Milan have the kick-off, we are underway in the second half!
The common thinking on Twitter is that Chelsea already have this one in the bag. Perhaps the raft of substitutions which we can expect might alter the momentum. Only one way to find out...
Can the Italians get back into this? Reckon Mario Balotelli can penetrate the Blues backline in the second half? Let me know via @HushKerai.
Kevin de Bruyne's goal is the difference between the two sides at half time. The Blues are 45 minutes away from setting up a Guinness International Champions Cup final encounter against Real Madrid.
HALF-TIME: AC Milan 0-1 Chelsea
There is a significant drop in tempo as the half-time whistle looms. Marco Van Ginkel tracks back from midfielder and makes an impressive challenge on Balotelli inside the box. The new signing has been very impressive in the first 45 minutes.
Milan threaten Chelsea with a bit of pressure but two crosses, one from Balotelli and then from Boateng, and both easily defended by the Blues. The Italians need a bit more quality in the final third.
Yellow Card Luca Antonini
Chelsea knock the ball about and a leisurely pace, really patiently, before Gary Cahill then hoofs it out of defence with a diagonal ball. It doesn't work for the Blues and moments later Milan give away possession trying the same thing.
Ba gets Chelsea going with a quick throw-in to Eden Hazard. The Belgian runs down a blind alley though and eventually surrenders the ball to the Italians. But Chelsea seem to have weathered the brief Milan storm and are now back in the driving seat.
Demba Ba twists and turns on the right-hand side and tries to find Eden Hazard in the box, I think. It doesn't come off and De Jong comes away with the ball. Ba looks really eager to impress is hew boss, perhaps a bit too eager.
Plenty of possession for the Italians but no penetration. Anytime a Milan player tries to turn in the Chelsea have their is a sea of blue in front of them. A lengthy spell on the ball is ended by an Essien tackle but it's not long before they win it back.
How do Milan react to that goal? They're on the ball, passing and probing but Jose Mourinho has got the Blues set into two firm banks of four and five. Intriguing stuff in prospect.
Goal Kevin De Bruyne
GOAL! Kevin de Bruyne give s Chelsea the lead with a brilliant little finish after a fine passing move. The young Belgian strokes the ball into the corner with the side of his foot after Oscar, Hazard and company had all excelled in the build-up.
Oscar has his third effort of the game but it's not third time lucky for the Brazilian. His right-footed effort after cutting in from the right flank sails high, wide and over.
CLOSE! Almost a goal as Balotelli waits to pounce on Muntari's cross at the back post before Ivanovic arrives to make a timely interception. Petr Cech was sprawling across and managed to get a hand on it, but the Serbian's intervention was vital.
A succession of chances for the Blues in the last few minutes but niether keeper has been pressed into urgent action yet.
CHANCE! Chelsea spring an effective break from deep and De Bruyne gets to the byline, his cross finds Oscar but the Brazilian's shot is deflected by the offside Ba. The Senegalese then heads another cross straight into Abbiati's arms a moment later.
Balotelli strikes the free kick straight into the wall and Chelsea regroup. The front two of Balotelli and El Shaarawy are working hard though, not making it easy for the Blues to play out of the back.
Yellow Card Branislav Ivanovic
Essien and De Jong come together in the middle of the park and it's the Milan player who wins the free kick. The ball is hit forward looking for Balotelli who then wins a free kick off Ivanovic right on the edge of the box. The Serbian also recieves a yellow card for his troubles.
Jose Mourinho doesn't look too pleased on the touchline. The Chelsea boss is gesturing continously. His side aren't doing too bad though, but this is definitely their biggest test of their pre-season so far.
El Shaaraway finds Boateng on the right-hand side of the box, the Ghana international charges forward before rocketing a shot into the stands. Looked like it was opening up for the Italians there, a decent chance spurned.
Now Chelsea have a free kick of their own in an almost identical position. Oscar takes it, floating a cross into the area, and it's Branislav Ivanovic again who meets it, but the Serbian defender can only direct his header wide of the post.
Milan, though, do have a free kick in a dangerous postion. Mario Balotelli takes it and swings a right-footed cross across the six-yard area but Ivanovic manages to get his head on it first. Threatening.
Milan winner a corner after a bit of miscommunication between Petr Cech and Branislav Ivanovic but the Italian's delivery is poor and the Blues manage to clear.
Oscar has his second effort of the game, this time his first touch inside the box tightens the angle for his shot before he then drags across goal and wide of the post. It's beginning to open up here.
The Blues are now beginning to dominate possesion as Oscar and Hazard begin to pull the strings. But just when they begin to look comfortable, Kevin Prince-Boateng instigates a Milan break.
CHANCE! De Bruyne flashes a low shot across the box and Branislav Ivanovic manages to flick it towards goal. Luckily for Milan, Abbiati was quick to react and managed to claw it for a corner, which the Italian's then managed to defend.
That Chelsea corner doesnt amount to anything but the Blues to manage to maintain possession. Eden Hazard tries to advance down the left flank before De Jong dives in and concedes a foul.
Two minutes in and Oscar has the first shot of the game. He scored a fine goal against Inter the other night from outside the area, this time his effort is deflected behind for a corner.
AC Milan take the kick-off and we are underway!
A chance to face Real Madrid is the prize for the winners this evening. Both sides are now emerging from the tunnel more accustomed to the New York Giants and the New York Jets. It's a packed crowd at the MetLfe, I'd say Chelsea have the lion's share of the support.
Chelsea breezed pass Inter in their last game in this competition with a 2-0 win in Indianapolis. Their fierce local rivals come packing a bit more heat though. The Blues will have plenty to think about with the presence of Mario Balotelli and Stephan El Shaarawy. This should be a for more even contest. Not long until kick-off now...
Chelsea starting XI: Cech; Azpilicueta, Ivanovic, Cahill, Bertrand; Van Ginkel, Essien; De Bruyne, Oscar, Hazard; Ba.
AC Milan starting XI: Abbiati; Antonini, Zapata, Silvestre, Emmanuelson; Montolivo, De Jong, Muntari, Boateng; Balotelli,El Shaarawy.
Team news to follow...
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