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August 11, 2013 1:00 AM BST
Erik Lamela 21′
Well, that's all from me this evening. I hope you've enjoyed Goal.com's LIVE coverage of tonight's friendly between Chelsea and Roma at the RFK Stadium. I'm Ian Capasso, signing off.
The Blues will now return to London and await their Premier League opener at Stamford Bridge to Hull City on August 18, whilst Roma will head back to the Italian capital in anticipation of their Serie A curtain raiser against Livorno on August 25.
Late drama was in store in the American capital after the sides exchanged blows for the remainder of the second half, with Chelsea finally landing the knockout blow on 89 minutes as Romelu Lukaku finished into an empty net after a scintillating Eden Hazard run down the left side of the area.
After having the better of the opening stages of the second half Chelsea finally levelled on 60 minutes, Frank Lampard striking from distance after coming off the bench for the Blues.
Roma were fortunate to take the lead midway through the first half as a Mark Schwarzer blunder on a back pass from Ryan Bertrand allowed Erik Lamela to smash home at close range to put the Giallorossi on top.
Let's take a look at the action of the day now that we've reached full time.
90′ +1
The final whistle has gone and Chelsea have claimed a 2-1 victory over Roma at the RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C.
Just one minute added on as Chelsea now look to have stolen a late winner.
Goal Romelu Lukaku
GOAL CHELSEA!! Lovely work from Hazard as he gets to the byline to cut back for Ba, who sets up Lukaku to finish with De Sanctis off his line.
Totti coming off to a standing ovation as Junior Tallo enters the fray for Roma.
Ba and Bertrand combine to roughly foul Castan as the centre back attempts to break down the right flank.
The Blues have gone to three at the back with Ivanovic, Cahill, and Bertrand making up the defence at present.
Lampard plays the ball into the box and Ba goes down to bring about yet another penalty shout, but the referee wants nothing of it.
Chelsea ping the ball around the offensive third and Oscar finds space to shoot, only to find row Z instead of the frame of the goal.
Hazard skips through a series of defenders and plays a square ball for Lampard that is cleared away at the crucial moment.
Terry coming off for Lukaku as Maicon makes way for Tin Jedvaj on the other side.
Totti now plays Borriello into the area but the Italian gets the ball stuck in his feet and eventually blasts his finish well over the bar.
Lamela gathers from Totti and bursts down the right side of the area, but is held off by Bertrand and the keeper claims.
Roma settling the match down with some concerted possession in midfield now.
Oscar smartly chips into the area for Ba, but De Sanctis comes tearing off his line to claim ahead of the Senegal international.
The Blues attempt to play out from the back and eventually give a throw-in away to Roma. However, the Giallorossi are unable to hold on to the ball and gift possession back to the opposition.
Castan clears away Ivanovic's cross for a corner, which runs all the way to Lampard. The England international plays the ball back to the defence, where Roma take over possession and come forward on the break.
Changes for Roma now as Marquinho and Borriello come on for Florenzi and Osvaldo.
Strootman now down temporarily as he catches Van Ginkel's studs in his ankle.
Roma now with a mild claim for a penalty as Osvaldo goes down in the area under Terry, but a corner is awarded in lieu of a spot kick.
Chelsea with another penalty shout now but the referee is having none of it and waves off the Blues' protests.
Totti plays a brilliant ball in over the top for Osvaldo to send a looping header in on goal but 19-year-old Jamal Blackman makes a top save to deny the Italy international!
Now Ramires drives an effort in from distance which is beaten away by De Sanctis!
Goal Frank Lampard
GOAL CHELSEA! A neat flick-on from Ba gives Lampard space to shoot from distance and the veteran Englishman makes no mistake in beating De Sanctis at the far post.
Ivanovic, Van Ginkel, and Hazard all enter the fray for the Blues now.
Schurrle now bears down on goal but Maicon and Castan combine to bundle the ball over the byline for a corner.
Schurrle's delivery from a free kick is inch-perfect and Terry drives a header in on goal, but De Sanctis makes a fantastic save at point blank range to preserve Roma's lead!
Lampard finds space to shoot on the turn but drags his effort well wide of the post at long range.
A poor clearance on Florenzi's cross sees the ball fall to Bradley, whose driven shot from 30 yards spirals wide of the target.
Schurrle's corner is over hit and curls past the far post for a goal kick.
Corner coming up for Chelsea here as Maicon bundles away Lampard's cross.
Balzeratti is played down the left and crosses low into the area, only to see his ball easily cleared by Cahill.
Oscar coming forward and looks to find Ba's run in behind the defence, but a vigilant Bradley cuts the Brazilian's pass out.
Roma with a spot of possession now as they try to work an opening down the right flank.
Lampard has a go at goal from distance but De Sanctis catches the swerving effort rather comfotably.
Wholesale changes for Chelsea as Cahill, Oscar, Ba, Lampard, and Ramires come on.
And the second half has begun with Roma taking the kick-off.
The sides are emerging from the tunnel and the second half should be under way shortly.
Schurrle had a chance on the stroke of halftime as he came free to fire in from distance, yet his effort sailed over the bar and the chance went begging.
The Blues' confidence looked slightly dented as the half wore on with Roma possessing more and more of the ball over time. Mourinho's men had a shout for a penalty on 40 minutes when Schurrle went down after bursting into the area at pace, but the referee was having nothing of it and waved play on.
Chelsea nearly went 2-0 down when Bradley played Osvaldo into the area with a ball over the top for a snapshot from 12 yards, but this time Schwarzer was up to the task and got down well to save.
However, the Giallorossi grew into the match as time went on and went ahead on 21 minutes under rather fortuitous circumstances. Bertrand's back pass to Schwarzer found the keeper stumbling over himself, and the Australian could only bundle the ball off of his own upright, allowing Erik Lamela to rush in and smash home to put Roma on top.
Chelsea ran out the better of the two sides as Michael Essien forced Morgan De Sanctis into a diving save early on and the Blues dominated possession, much of it coming in the offensive third.
Let's take a look at the action of the first 45 minutes now that we've enter the break.
45′ +1
The halftime whistle has gone and the sides head into the dressing rooms with the score Chelsea 0-1 Roma.
45′ +1
Chelsea come flying upfield on the counter and Schurrle finds space to shoot, but goes just over the bar from 20 yards out.
Totti finds Osvaldo streaking into the area only for the former Espanyol man to be closed down, whilst the second chance opportunity is spurned by Bradley and Chelsea come forward on the break.
Essien lofts a ball into the area for Torres, who runs into the charging De Sanctis and gives away a foul.
Terry gests his head to the ensuing corner, but his effort floats harmlessly over the crossbar for a goal kick.
De Bruyne shakes a defender off and unleashes a left footed strike from distance that is deflected just wide for a corner.
Chelsea have a shout for a penalty as Schurrle goes down in the area, however the referee disagrees and waves play on as Roma play the ball out of defence.
Osvaldo looks for an audacious overhead opportunity from Balzaretti's flicked assist in the heart of the area, but comes up only with air and Schwarzer is able to claim.
Roma knocking the ball around in midfield as Chelsea are unable to get a touch.
Strootman clears Bertrand's cross out of the area and finds Lamela, who is fouled roughly by Mikel at the half way line.
The Italians starting to have the bulk of the possession now as the momentum has shifted away from Chelsea.
Totti plays Osvaldo down the left with a clever ball, yet Azpilicueta is eventually able to close the latter down as he cut inside to shoot.
Bradley embarks on a mazy run and plays Balzaretti down the left, but the full back's cross is easily cleared. Roma come straight back on the front foot and Strootman finds a yard to shoot from distance, but the effort is well high and wide.
Bradley finds Osvaldo in behind the defence down the left with a fantastic ball over the top. The Italy international dribbles inside and unleashes an angled drive but Schwarzer gets down well to save.
Play resumes and Roma are given the ball back as the aforementioned foul has been waved off by the referee.
Play has stopped as Benatia goes down in need of treatment after giving away a foul on Torres.
De Bruyne finds Schurrle streaking into the area, but Benatia makes a crucial intervention to bring the move to an end.
Roma come forward with some lovely build up play and Totti plays Balzaretti down the left to cross, but it floats into the thankful arms of Schwarzer and the danger is quelled.
Chelsea immediately look to make amends but the final ball is well over hit and flies over the byline for a corner.
Goal Erik Lamela
[object Object] GOAL ROMA!! Schwarzer makes a terrible blunder in miscontrolling a backpass from Ryan Bertrand, playing the ball off of his own upright and allowing Erik Lamela to swiftly burst in and smash into the back of the net!
Totti plays Osvaldo in behind the defence and the Italy international strokes past Schwarzer, but the flag had been raised and the goal is disallowed.
Roma attempt to pass their way down the right flank but are eventually stopped by a wonderful tackle from David Luiz.
Schurrle bursts through a series of defenders near the centre circle and play is stopped as Maicon has gone down after an earlier coming together with David Luiz.
Luiz now tries to find Schurrle over the top with another lofted ball, but De Sanctis claims with a slight bit of difficulty.
Chelsea attacking once again but Schurrle's final ball is lacking on the edge of the area and Maicon comes away with possession for the Giallorossi.
The game a bit bogged down in midfield for the past 10 minutes as neither side has had an opportunity.
Maicon wins out for Roma as Chelsea come down the left flank, but Lamela finds himself with nobody in support and loses out to a host of Chelsea defenders.
David Luiz looks to play in Victor Moses over the top, but the Nigerian is stopped after being called for handball when bringing the ball down.
Chelsea keeping the ball well but are unable to find an incisive pass. Roma eventually win back possession but forfeit it quickly on the break and the Blues come forward once again.
Roma come forward but lose the ball after an Osvaldo flick-on. Chelsea break but in turn lose possession and the Italians take over again.
The Blues playing the ball around the offensive third and Moses delivers the ball into the area, but nobody is available and the Roma defence hoof it clear.
A ball over the top comes in searching for Torres at the edge of the area, but he's held off by Benatia and De Sanctis claims off his line.
Florenzi bursts down the right flank for Roma and looks to cross into the area, but it's blocked away for a corner. The corner is cleared but Balzaretti goes for goal from distance, however, the shot is well wide.
The GIallorossi playing the ball around at the back and probing for an opening.
Roma now back in possession after a header from Luiz is too high and over the bar.
The Giallorissi burst forward from the free-kick but Erik Lamela is stopped just before he can pull the trigger. A fantastic counter sees Chelsea come right back with a chance of their own, but Morgan De Santis saves well from Michael Essien to keep the match scoreless early on.
Chelsea look to play the ball forward bit it's intercented by Michael Bradley and David Luiz gives away a foul on Pablo Osvaldo.
And we're under way in Washington, D.C. with Chelsea getting us started from the centre circle.
The players are in position and kick-off is just moments away!
The sides are out on the pitch and the match will be under way presently.
Another storyline present in tonight's match is Eden Hazard's coming together with former coach at Lille Rudi Garcia, having won the Ligue 1 title and the Coupe de France with the Frenchman during the 2010-11 campaign.
Chelsea transfer target and Roma talisman Daniele De Rossi is absent from the squad for the Giallorossi tonight as he continues to build match fitness and recover from injury following Italy's Confederations Cup campaign earlier this summer.
New Roma head coach Rudi Garcia has chosen to field nearly a full-strength line-up for the battle against 2011-12 Champions League title winners, with summer buys Maicon and Mehdi Benatia figuring into the back line and blockbuster purchase Kevin Strootman anchoring the midfield.
AS Roma: De Sanctis; Maicon, Benatia, Castan, Balzaretti; Bradley, Strootman, Florenzi; Lamela, Osvaldo, Totti
Mark Schwarzer gets the start in goal for boss Jose Mourinho, whilst Fernando Torres will be up front from the off with David Luiz and captain John Terry pairing in central defence. Both Eden Hazard and Juan Mata will begin the day on the bench.
Chelsea: Schwarzer; Azpilicueta, David Luiz, Terry, Bertrand; Essien, Mikel; Moses, De Bruyne, Schurrle; Torres
Team sheets are available so let's take a look at the line-ups for tonight's skirmish in the American capital.
The Blues come into the imminent encounter on the back of a 3-1 loss on Wednesday to former Blues boss Carlo Ancelotti's Real Madrid in Miami in the final of the International Champions Cup. AS Roma will be looking to wrap up their North American tour in style after dispatching the MLS side Toronto FC 4-1 following a 3-1 triumph in the MLS All-Star game.
Hello all and welcome to Goal.com's LIVE play-by-play commentary of this evening's friendly between Chelsea and AS Roma at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. I'm Ian Capasso and I'll be your host throughout tonight's action.
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