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  • July 22, 2012
  • • 7:00 PM
  • • Yankee Stadium, New York City

Live Commentary

  • 90' + 3'
    And that's it. The game is called. Chelsea appears upset after it had a shot blocked and expected to have a corner. Piazon was named Man of the Match. This is Alex Labidou signing off, feel free to follow me on twitter for the latest updates at @sportslab .
  • 90' + 1'
    Pastore tests Turnbull with a powerful long range shot. Corner kick.
  • 90'
    Refs indicate that there will be three minutes of stoppage time.
  • 88'
    Both sides are aggressively looking for the win now as the tempo has dramatically picked up.
  • 85'
    Chelsea almost took the lead as Malouda had a point blank ranged shot in front of goal. Areola blocked the effort.
  • 82'
    Goal Lucas Piazon
  • 81'
    GOAL!!!! Chelsea gets its equalizer thanks to brilliant set of events from Ramires to Piazon. Piazon scored off of a pinpoint low cross from his fellow Brazilian.
  • 79'
    Luyindula almost doubled PSG's lead getting into the box from a counter attack but Turnbull is there to stop the play.
  • 78'
    Malouda tests Areola with a nasty left footed shot but the young keeper gets hold of the ball.
  • 75'
    Marin has looked impressive in his stint of the bench. Chelsea might have found its playmaker.
  • 73'
    Tonight's attendance is 38,202. Not bad for a Sunday night friendly match. #NYY #PSG #CFC
  • 71'
    Good set of passing play initiated by Essien results in Chelsea's best attack of the game so far. The fans are now getting loud and the players appear to be motivated.
  • 68'
    Part of Chelsea's dilemma at the moment is that PSG is content to sit back and defend. If the game were more open, Chelsea would have more chances.
  • 66'
    SubstitutionNathaniel Chalobah John Obi Mikel
  • 65'
    SubstitutionLucas Piazon Eden Hazard
  • 65'
    Chelsea's attack continues to stutter in the final third. Piazon jetted past three defenders only to trip over the ball once he got into the box.
  • 64'
    SubstitutionAshley Cole Sam Hutchinson
  • 63'
    SubstitutionRoss Turnbull Petr Cech
  • 63'
    SubstitutionAlphonse Areola Clément Chantôme
  • 63'
    SubstitutionJosh McEachran Paulo Ferreira
  • 63'
    SubstitutionJohn Terry Gary Cahill
  • 63'
    SubstitutionFlorent Malouda R. Lukaku
  • 62'
    Petr Cech comes out to a roaring applause and in comes John Terry who's given a long salute by Chelsea fans.
  • 60'
    Yellow Card Marco Verratti
  • 58'
    Yellow Card John Obi Mikel
  • 58'
    The game has stalled a bit in the second half. Both sides are operating more defensively.
  • 55'
    Luyindula is down on the field after a hard tackle from Chelsea's Ivanovic. After a few moments of struggling, the winger gets up and play resumes.
  • 53'
    Di Mateo is utilizing Ramires on the right wing. It's an interesting transition for the traditional box to box central midfielder.
  • 50'
    Marin is on the field for Chelsea and he's looked more comfortable on the ball than De Bruyne did. Maybe he can help Lukaku get some touches.
  • 48'
    SubstitutionMaxwell Mathieu Bodmer
  • 45'
    There's been some subs on both sides, Hoarau, Maxwell among the many subs for PSG. Lampard among the Chelsea guys brought off.
  • 45'
    PSG kicks off the second half.
  • 41'
    Yellow Card Mamadou Sakho
  • 30'
    Goal Nenê
  • 8'
    Yellow Card Ezequiel Lavezzi
  • SubstitutionMaxwell Mamadou Sakho
  • SubstitutionMarco Verratti Christophe Jallet
  • SubstitutionZoumana Camara Alex
  • SubstitutionGuillaume Hoarau Mathieu Bodmer
  • SubstitutionMarko Marin Gäel Kakuta
  • SubstitutionRamires Kevin De Bruyne
  • SubstitutionBranislav Ivanovic David Luiz
  • SubstitutionMilan Biševac Ezequiel Lavezzi
  • SubstitutionMichael Essien Frank Lampard
  • The first half ends and its clear to see that PSG is better form than Chelsea right now. Chelsea doesn't have too many attacking options on its bench with both Torres and Mata out due to resting for the Euros and Sturridge away on Olympic duty. Still, Blues fans can be excited that another new signing Marin is on the bench. Maybe he can add something. This is Alex Labidou (@sportslab) feel free to ask me questions on twitter.
  • 45' + 1'
    Chelsea is trying to build some momentum in stoppage but no luck. Hopefully second half brings some changes.
  • 43'
    First corner of the game for Chelsea has come in the 43rd minute. Di Mateo takes offense when people call Chelsea a defensive team but team's attack is poor.
  • 38'
    Chelsea's lack of familiarity on offense is affecting how the team plays. It's been good on holding the ball but the final pass has been lacking so far especially for Kakuta and De Bruyne.
  • 32'
    This may be surprising but Chelsea is actually leading in possession with 52 percent. PSG, however, is dominating on shots beating Chelsea 7 to 1.
  • 31'
    Pastore is justly credited with the assist, the dynamic playmaker deserved the goal beating three Blues defenders to shot in front of goal.
  • 30'
    GOAALL!!!! PSG's Nene effortlessly pounces on a rebound in the box from Pastore's shot to score. PSG 1-0
  • 27'
    PSG's attack continues to be aggressive, gunning for the first goal. The team might want to bring Hoarau in the second half to give it some size up top.
  • 24'
    Dangerous cross from Hutchinson gets intercepted by Douchez.
  • 23'
    Lukaku hasn't been too effective for Chelsea so far. He looks out of place as a solo striker.
  • 21'
    Good block by Jallet on Hazard's shot. Hazard's chip at goal was two feet away from the net but the right back blocked the shot with his calf.
  • 20'
    Lavezzi continues to terrorize Chelsea's backline. The pacey forward is having no problems getting past Luiz.
  • 16'
    An interesting detail could be that these two teams could play against each other in the Champions League Group Stage. Not a definitely but PSG is one of the lower seeded teams as it hasn't played in the Champions League in a while.
  • 15'
    Nice long range attempt from Hazard. The dynamic Belgian dribbles past a defender before launching from five feet away from the box.
  • 10'
    Chelsea's backline has shown its inexperience and lack of quality on the flanks. Lavezzi is having his way out there right now. John Terry is on the bench for the first time during preseason and could help in the second half.
  • 9'
    PSG fans are in the minority but are making their voices heard tonight. Whenever PSG has the ball, chants of "Allez" fill Yankee Stadium.
  • 7'
    Nifty play by PSG's Argentines. On his first touch of the ball, Pastore immediately flicks on Lavezzi who almost scores again before Cech dives to grab the ball.
  • 5'
    PSG has been really aggressive to start, testing Chelsea's backline.
  • 4'
    What a block by Cech, he's in Champions League form saving a one on one with Lavezzi.
  • 4'
    Hutchinson throws a long ball that instantly is intercepted by PSG.
  • Kick off!!! Chelsea has possession.
  • PSG: Douchez, Sakho, Alex, Armand, Jallet, Nene, Bodmer, Chantome, Pastore, Lavezzi, Gameiro
  • Chelsea: Cech, Luiz,Cahill, Ferreira, Hutchinson, Lampard, Obi Mikel, De Bruyne, Hazard, Lukaku and Kakuta.
  • Both sides just entered the field to a loud applause. Blues fans clearly outnumber PSG's with 12-1 ratio if I had to guess.
  • Hey readers, welcome to our LIVE coverage of tonight's match between Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain. This is Alex Labidou (@sportslab) providing you with my insights from Yankee Stadium.