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Kevin De Bruyne letting fly a first time shot to score Chelsea's second goal

Man of the Match: Malaysia XI 1-4 Chelsea

Kevin De Bruyne letting fly a first time shot to score Chelsea's second goal

Izzat Akmal

Belgian playmaker Kevin De Bruyne stole the show with a sublime display against the Malayan Tigers

MAN OF THE MATCH

KEVIN DE BRUYNE
Malaysia XI 1-4 Chelsea
Minutes Played
30
Goal 1
Assist 1
Player Ratings
Match Report
Amidst the controversies surrounding Chelsea FC's PR howler a day prior to the match, 45,000 - strong crowd turned up in Shah Alam to witness the Blues taking on the Malayan Tigers.

Datuk K. Rajagopal must have not taken a leaf out of Ong Kim Swee's book on how to give pep talks when playing against the Blues as Malaysia XI were forced into early submission within the first thirty minutes of the game through Bertrand Traore and Kevin De Bruyne.

The chances continued to come for the Blues, with Traore and Lukaku both looking impressive before the duo combined smartly to add a third right on half-time.

As the clock winds down there was still time for more goals, with Victor Moses adding a fourth with just minutes left to play. The winger made a determined run down the left leaving Asraruddin Putra for dead, before checking back and firing past goalkeeper Farizal Marlias.

Malayan Tigers fans however were given something to cheer about in stoppage time. Beleaguered midfielder Safiq Rahim's free kick was not clearled effectively by Petr Cech and Fadhli Shas was on hand to score the consolation goal.

Though all of Jose Mourinho's men were head and shoulders above the Malaysia XI, one man stood out from the pack and he was their trequartista Kevin De Bruyne. The Belgian international was immense in his thirty minute stint against the Malayan Tigers with some silky running which left his markers in disarray.

The attacking midfielder burst down the right in the fifth minute before cutting the ball back expertly for Bertrand Traore who fired back across goal for the opener.
 
De Bruyne then opened his account for the Blues with a fine technical strike to double the visitors' lead. Unfortunately for the former Racing Genk player, he injured his ankle in the process and played no further part in the game.

Mourinho was similarly impressed with the young Belgian international, "So we believe it is not an important injury and hopefully it isn't because the kid is a fantastic player and is showing to you match after match and showing to me in training that he is going to be a key man on the pitch."

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