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Thailand All-Stars 0-1 Chelsea: Lukaku penalty gets Mourinho off to winning start

The Belgium international looked confident over the course of his 45 minutes, calmly slotting home his spot-kick in a match that saw Kevin De Bruyne and debutant Wallace impress

By Jay Jaffa

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Romelu Lukaku helped kick-off Jose Mourinho's second spell as Chelsea manager in confident fashion, as the Blues defeated Thailand All-Stars in the first game of their tour of Asia.

The Belgium international marked his return from a season-long loan spell at West Brom with a first-half penalty, while Chelsea also saw a loose ball rebound back off the crossbar amidst a host of missed chances.

Mourinho utilised the entire touring party with two almost entirely different XIs in each half; only the impressive Kevin De Bruyne and Ramires played more than 45 minutes in sweltering conditions in Bangkok.

A steady start saw the Blues control possession and patiently probe the Thailand back five, but it wasn't until the 18th minute that a genuine chance was created.

De Bruyne's precise cross from one of many dangerous set-pieces saw Michael Essien's header across goal get turned onto the crossbar after a communication mix-up between goalkeeper and defender.

To this point Lukaku had struggled to find a rhythm but following a one-on-one conversation with Mourinho during a drinks break, the 20-year-old came alive and immediately threatened the opposition goal.

In the 32nd minute, after dropping deep, he rolled his marker to latch onto a through ball and drew Kritsana Klanklin into a save with his feet.

Moments later, a short De Bruyne free kick invited Brazilian debutant Wallace to move into the penalty box, who, with half an eye on the defender approaching him, went down under a clumsy challenge.

Lukaku made no mistake from the spot, firmly sidefooting beyond Klanklin to give Mourinho's team the lead.

The Belgian came close to doubling his tally in the 39th minute as he again arrived onto a precise through-ball to control and volley across goal, but Klanklin tipped the low effort behind for a corner.

There came a raft of changes at half-time, with Mourinho introducing new signing Marco van Ginkel as fellow new-boy Andre Schurrle departed the field, but the Blues struggled to add to their solitary goal.

Another couple of intelligent set-pieces from De Bruyne yielded the clearest chances, with Demba Ba drilling a low cross just wide of the near post, before Branislav Ivanovic and Ba wrestled with each other to tap home a deep inswinging ball. As it transpired, the Serb's touch was too tame to beat Klanklin.

Eden Hazard provided moments of inspiration, as he is liable to do, and almost added a second as he bent a strong free kick through the wall and towards goal, but the spritely Klanklin kept the shot out.

By full-time Jamal Blackman was only called into action by an audacious 45-yard volley and a far post header that didn't come close to threatening his goal.

Unlike David Moyes, who saw his Manchester United team lose to the same outfit, Mourinho is off to a winning start in Asia thanks to Lukaku's spot-kick.


Thailand All-Stars

18
Klisana Klunklin
Goalkeeper
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26
Goran Subara
Defender
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11
Apichet Puttan
Defender
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11
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3
Bukasa Kasonga
Defender
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7
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-
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16
Sho Shimoji
Midfielder
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15
Puritat Jarikanon
Midfielder
 - 
25
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23
Cleiton Silva
Striker
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Chelsea FC

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1
Petr Cech
Goalkeeper
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3
Ashley Cole
Defender
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26
John Terry
Defender
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18
Wallace
Defender
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33
Tomas Kalas
Defender
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14
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Michael Essien
Midfielder
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Lucas Piazon
Midfielder
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7
Ramires
Midfielder
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14
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17

Substitutes

Substitutes

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46
Jamal Blackman
Goalkeeper
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2
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24
Gary Cahill
Defender
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-
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23
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17
Eden Hazard
Midfielder
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12
Victor Moses
Midfielder
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16
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8
Frank Lampard
Midfielder
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19
Demba Ba
Striker

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