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Club Friendlies

  • July 19, 2014
  • • 22:00
  • • Cherry Red Records Fans' Stadium, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey
  • Referee: L. Collins
  • • Attendance: 4634
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Wimbledon 2-3 Chelsea: Terry double spares Blues blushes

Wimbledon 2-3 Chelsea: Terry double spares Blues blushes

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The Blues fought back from 2-0 down to record a comeback win against the League Two sides in their pre-season friendly on Saturday, with Jose Mourinho naming an experimental team

A John Terry brace and a Mohamed Salah goal gave Chelsea a 3-2 win over Wimbledon in a pre-season friendly on Saturday.

Having beaten Wycombe Wanderers 5-0 in their first pre-season fixture on Wednesday, Chelsea would have expected a similarly strong showing against Wimbledon at Kingsmeadow.

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But Jose Mourinho's men were up against it as Bennett scored inside the first minute and Tubbs - who joined from Bournemouth last month - scored from the penalty spot shortly before the break.

Chelsea improved after the break, however, and three goals in the last 15 minutes saw them complete their comeback

Centre-back Terry - on as a half-time substitute - scored either side of Salah's equaliser, while young midfielder Lewis Baker had a hand in all three goals.

Wimbledon made a flying start and Mark Schwarzer was picking the ball out of visitors' goal inside 40 seconds as Bennett leapt above Andreas Christensen to head home a corner at the back post.

Chelsea applied plenty of pressure in an attempt to get back into the game with midfielder Jeremie Boga looking particularly lively, but the away side were frustrated by Wimbledon's deep defensive line.

Things worsened for Chelsea five minutes before the break. Kurt Zouma, signed from St Etienne in January, was adjudged to have felled Tubbs in the area and the striker picked himself up to coolly dispatch the penalty to the right of Schwarzer.

The away side upped their game after the break and Marco van Ginkel wasted a great chance to pull a goal back when he headed straight at goalkeeper James O'Shea.

Chelsea did find a goal in the 74th minute, however, Terry poking home after a spell of pinball in the Wimbledon box from a Baker corner.

Parity was restored with seven minutes remaining when Salah drilled home a left-foot half-volley after collecting Baker's pass.

And the comeback was complete in the 89th minute, as Wimbledon failed to deal with another Baker corner, leaving Terry free to head home the winner.

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