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May 24, 2013 1:30 AM BST
14′ Demba Ba
Javi García 63′
45′ (PG) César Azpilicueta
Edin Dzeko 64′
53′ Oscar
Edin Dzeko 84′
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What a game that was! A seven-goal thriller! Chelsea raced into a three-goal lead completely against the run of play and as time looked to be running out Manchester City did the unthinkable. Edin Dzeko made the difference coming off the bench, adding that clinical edge to the City attack allowing them to score four unlikely goals.
FULL-TIME: Chelsea 3-4 Manchester City
90′ +2
They've only gone and done it! Micah Richard slides in to turn Nasri's short pass past the helpless Blackman who has seen four second half goals fly past him. What a comeback of heroic preportions. St Louis rejoice!
Goal Micah Richards
GOAL!!! Chelsea 3-4 Manchester City (RICHARDS!)
Manchester City have climbed back from three goals down, they'll have two additional minutes to find a dramatic winner.
James Milner flies forward on the right flank and a timely intervention from Ashley Cole keeps him from finding a team-mate inside the box. Great defending for the England international.
On the balance of play throughout the match you have to say that Manchester Ciy have been the better side and deserve to be on level terms at the very least.
Comeback complete! Edin Dzeko has made a huge impact since coming on at half-time and he is the man who levels the score. Carlos Tevez did well to put it on a plate for the Bosnia international who made no mistake in beating Blackman.
Goal Edin Dzeko
GOAL! Chelsea 3-3 Manchester City (DZEKO!)
Loads of substitutions for both sides. At 3-2 this game is still wide open. We in the business like to call this finely poised. On a knife edge if you must. You know, it could go either way.
Have to say some of the pre-season cynacism, yes, there was some out there, has been proved to be ill-judged. Both sides have put on a very good showing, pat on backs all round.
GREAT SAVE! Blackman does well again! Edin Dzeko takes the ball down on his chest inside the box expertly before turning a shot back across the face of goal but the young goalkeeper made himself big and managed to direct the ball wide of the post!
STAT ATTACK Manchester City have had 25 shots. Chelsea have had seven. Chelsea lead.
DOUBLE CHANCE! James Milner comes close twice! First he stings the hands of Blackman from range before coming even closer with his second shot. Nasri hung a ball up to the backpost where the Englishman drifted in a directed a low volley at goal which Blackman again did well to keep out.
PENALTY SHOUT! Well, well, well. Ramires can count himself unlucky and as for Richard Wright, go try your luck on the lottery! The former Arsenal goalkeeper clearly hauls the Brazilian down but isn't punished.
Chelsea probing and dilly dallying in front of the Manchester City area but now they've lost all their attacking impetus. Kidd's men look a very dangerous proposition on the counterattack, though. Dare I say this could be intriguing.
Game well and truly on! James Milner does well to carry the ball and then pick out the lung-busting run of Edin Dzeko who shows calmness and composure to slot past Blackman and reduce the deficit to just one goal!
Goal Edin Dzeko
GOAL! Chelsea 3-2 Manchester City (DZEKO!)
Oh dear. Poor, poor Jamal Blackman. The lad just came on for Petr Cech and his first act as Chelsea's goalkeeper is to pick the ball out of the net. Game on!
Goal Javi García
GOAL! Chelsea 3-1 Manchester City (Garcia)
STAT ATTACK 11 years. 10 trophies. 9 managers. One Roman Abramovich.
More and more possession for Manchester City but no bite or penetration in the final third. You can't really say Chelsea have defended too brilliantly either, just decidedly average now from Brian Kidd's men.
Closing in on the hour mark, City somehow trail Chelsea by three goals. They have dominated 85% of this match. Rafa Benitez, you fox.
Goal Oscar
GOAL! Oscar like a little mouse squeeks his way into the box and rounds Joe Hart with ease before slotting the ball into the net from a tight angle. Three-goal lead for the Blues, any way back for City now?
STAT ATTACK Manchester City played at the Busch Stadium back in 1958. They took on a certain Catholic Youth Council All Starsan and prevailed 6-2. You won't get that sort of knowledge anywhere else.
Really high pressing line from the Chelsea players early in the second half. They hustle the ball off Manchester City in their own half. Roberto Mancini wouldn't have had this...
Chelsea take the kick-off and we are underway for the second half!
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Football gods, oh how you mock us. Manchester City practically bossed the entire first half. Spurning chances left, right and centre. Yet, somehow, with only two discernable efforts on goal to speak of, Chelsea have the two-goal lead going in at the break. I love this game.
HALF-TIME: Chelsea 2-0 Manchester City
Penalty Goal César Azpilicueta
GOAL! Cesar Azpilicueta doubles Chelsea's lead with a well taken spot kick. Joe Hart guessed the right way but the Spaniard's effort was directed right into the corner.
PENALTY TO CHELSEA! Karim Rekik brings down Juan Mata in the area!
SUPER SAVE! Petr Cech denies a Yaya Toure cannonball from crossing the line. The Ivorian somehow found space for a shot in the tightest of areas but the Chelsea shot-stopper was equal to his venomous effort.
Demba Ba has an ambitious pop at goal from range which goes comfortably wide in the end. One half of the stadium thought it was in though. One of the simple pleasures of life, that.
CHANCE! Manchester City carve open Chelsea again, this time Gael Clichy finds space on the left flank before crossing for Sergio Aguero. The Argentine again thought wastes the opportunity with an awkward attempt at a volley.
David Silva has a go from a free kick after Mikel brings down Tevez on the edge of the area but the Spaniard's effort from the set-piece sails high over the bar.
Carlos Tevez and Sergio Aguero are working like Thelma and Louise in tandem at the moment. The former almost finds the latter with a cheeky little scooped pass which has the 46,000-strong crowd shrieking. Great stuff.
GREAT SAVE! Yaya Toure bursts forward and fires a low shot at goal but Petr Cech gets down low to push the ball past the post and keep the Blues' lead intact.
Nice footwork from Carlos Tevez to work some space at the edge of the area but his effort on goal flies high over Cech's bar. Manchester City are on the front foot since conceding.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek ventures forward and forces a fine save out of Joe Hart with a powerfully struck left-footed volley. The Manchester City goalkeeper did well to hold on to the youngster's effort.
OFF THE BAR! Sergio Aguero curls a delicious effort from 25 yards on to the frame of the goal with Petr Cech well beaten. The Argentine really looks like he is in the mood tonight.
Goal Demba Ba
[object Object] GOAL! Demba Ba opens the scoring for Chelsea with what I think may actually be his very first touch. Juan Mata drifted out to the left hand side before swing a ball into the box, where Ba managed to lose his marker and get to the ball ahead of Joe Hart. One-nil to the Blues in USA!
DOUBLE CHANCE! Sergio Aguero has to bites at the cherry but alas the cherry eludes him. He first has a go with a right footed effort from inside the box which is slid straight at the feet of Cech. The second effort is horribly miscued.
Back to the football and Manchester City were almost in behind again, this time Carlos Tevez, the other Argentine forward, took a heavy touch as he tried to round Petr Cech, only succeeding in running the ball out of play.
The Busch stadium is home to the St Louis Cardinals baseball team. The pitch here is all patched up with all sorts of patterns everywhere. We may be spoilt by the prestine pitch patterns in the Premier League. but it really is quite ghastly.
Carlos Tevez offers a text book exhibition flick only to hand over possession just when Manchester City were beginning to strut their stuff.
Juan Mata has a pop at goal from range, and then offers a cute smile. Ruben Loftus-Cheek then stays calm under pressure to play Chelsea out of a little hole. All very neat and tidy.
GOAL DISALLOWED! Hello! Early drama. Sergio Aguero is slipped in behind by David Silva but sees the offside flag go up after a fine finish past Petr Cech. Good start.
Both sides have their new home kits in show this evening. Everyone looking very sharp indeed.
Manchester City take the kick-off and we are underway in St Louis!
Petr Cech and Vincent Kompany take care of all the preliminary rituals and were are ready for action.
Superb touch as both clubs come together behind a banner in support of those affected by the horrible weather in Oklahoma. Goal joins in wishing those good people a speedy return to form.
Apparently 10,000 Americans also paid $20 a head to watch Chelsea train earlier this week.
Of course both sides are in the middle of managerial upheavel. Messers Pellegrini and Mourinho are expected to take up their respective roles. With that in mind there's a nice relaxed, friendly atmosphere. A bit strange.
46,000 have gathered at the Busch Stadium, the home of the St Louis Cardinals baseball franchise. I'm told the tickets were entirely sold out in 20 minutes. The United States love soccer, it's official. Play ball!
While City field a strong line up that includes Joe Hart, Vincent Kompany, David Silva and Sergio Aguero. The one new face on show is 18-year-old attacker Albert Rusnak. The Slovakian makes his first-team debut for the Premier League runners-up.
Congratulations to Andreas Christensen and Ruben Loftus-Cheek on their Chelsea first-team debuts. Elsewhere Yossi Benayoun makes what could be a farewell appearance while Cesar Azpilicueta also has a run out on the wing.
Manchester City: Hart; Clichy, Rekik, Kompany, Zabaleta; Garcia, Silva, Y Toure; Aguero, Tevez, Rusnak.
Chelsea: Cech; Ivanovic, Cahill, Christensen, Cole; Mikel, Loftus-Cheek; Azpilicueta, Mata, Benayoun; Ba.
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