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August 10, 2014
• Groupama Arena, Budapest
Referee: I. Vad II
• Attendance: 20000
Z. Gera 17'
That's all we have time for from the inaugural game at the Groupama Arena, with Chelsea having picked up their pre-season momentum once again with a comfortable win over Ferencvaros. I've been Simon Harrison and I hope to see you again next time.
FULL TIME! Chelsea overturn a one goal deficit to win 2-1 against Ferencvaros in Budapest, with goals from Ramires and Fabregas overcoming the opener from Gera. Second half changes made the difference for the Blues, who dominated the match but just couldn't quite put their Hungarian hosts to the sword.
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Diego Costa fires wide! It's the first time that the former Atleti man has had a goalscoring opportunity, after being threaded through by Fabregas, but zips a shot narrowly past the far post from just inside the box!
There are two minutes of stoppage time.
We're into the dying embers of the game, with Chelsea only committing several players forward. Fabregas and Oscar both race into the penalty box to try and get on the end of a teasing Moses cross, but the Spaniard can't quite get there to grab his second of the evening!
Although they've fallen behind, Ferencvaros sit with plenty of players behind the ball, perhaps trying to beat Chelsea forward. They've only had any luck when the visitors have committed players forward, but trying to break against five at the back looks to be a bridge too far.
Chelsea retain possession, forcing opposition players to chase and press despite tiring. Mourinho's men are in control, with the Portuguese coach's switch to five at the back showing that he wants to win every game possible.
Less than ten minutes remain for Chelsea to hold onto this lead, with Mourinho telling his wing-backs to sit into a back five and invite pressure on. Should Ferencvaros start to press forward, the Blues certainly have the pacey options required to break into the space in behind.
Goal Cesc Fàbregas
GOOOOOAL! FABREGAS GIVES CHELSEA THE LEAD! The Spain international waltzes into the penalty area, before finishing beyond the goalkeeper! He takes on two, beating Mateos all ends up, before applying the goalscoring touch!
Fabregas curls in a wonderful ball to the back post, but Ake's diving header is aimed straight at the goalkeeper! The youngster almost makes an immediate impact, having just come on for Zouma.
Marco van Ginkel
Hazard finds Costa deep in the opposition penalty area, with the Spain international not happy with the physical challenge from Mateos ashe's bundles to the ground. The referee stops play as both players push and shove each other off the ball, but restarts the game without brandishing a card.
Diego Costa continues to be anonymous at the head of the Chelsea attack. Hazard breaks down the right before cutting an incisive cross along the six-yard box, but Oscar can't quite stretch enough to turn it home! Ferencvaros break, but Lauth is caught offside as he looks to drive in behind the Chelsea back three.
Oscar is felled by a poor challenge, but quickly returns to his feet without any lasting damage or need for treatment. The result isn't particularly important, but improving match fitness and avoiding injury lay-offs certainly is.
Adam Csilus replaced Malepa for Ferencvaros, as rotation continues to be the order of the day for both coaches, in order to keep their first-team options fresh and injury-free. Another aimless long ball forward from the hosts ends up in Schwarzer's gloves.
A nice passage of play resulting in Ugrai trying to chase beyond Ivanovic to meet a through ball, but the Serbia international is fully in control, passing back to Schwarzer calmly. Ferencvaros have struggled to generate anything offensively following the interval.
Twenty minutes remain for Chelsea to leave Hungary with a win, before heading back to England for their final pre-season friendly against Real Sociedad at Stamford Bridge. Salah and Moses are making up plenty of ground in wide areas, with the Egyptian winger earning his side another corner this time around.
Another good corner delivery tests Ferencvaros' resolve once again, but neither Cahill nor Ivanovic can turn the ball home. A goal appears to be in the offing for the Blues, but when it'll come is anybody's guess, while the hosts stick to breaking whenever possible.
Victor Moses will be the next Chelsea man entered into the fray in place of Azpilicueta, as Mourinho looks for some fresh legs, as well as allowing the Nigeria international to prove himself. The Blues are in control, but their second goal is proving elusive.
So close for Chelsea! Fabregas manages to strike the inside of the post, with Ivanovic unable to scramble the rebound over the line from five yards out! Ferencvaros manage to break through Nagy, but the midfielder's final pass towards his only other advancing teammate is terrible and Matic mops up the scraps.
Fabregas whips in a free-kick delivery, but Ivanovic can only head wildly over the bar! Chelsea are clunking into gear, with their high quality offensive options leading to Mourinho's men spending far more time in the Ferencvaros half.
John Obi Mikel
Half an hour remains for Chelsea to find a winning goal, with Mourinho taking a break in play as opportunity to replace Ramires and Mikel with Nemanja Matic and Eden Hazard.
Havojic is nearly poked through on goal as Ferencvaros try to break once again, but the substitute's touch lets him down and Schwarzer is able to collect the loose ball. Chelsea are worryingly frail, with the hosts threatening whenever they manage to force several bodies upfield on the break.
Oscar is picked out by a good through ball from Ramires, but the Brazilian attacking midfielder is denied by an excellent last ditch sliding challenge as he looked to pull the trigger! The Chelsea goalscorer is really forcing the issue in midfield at the moment.
Ramires lets fly from the edge of the area once again, but Diego Costa gets in the way of his teammate's strike and prevents the ball from travelling through to test the goalkeeper. Chelsea are in control, stroking the ball around composedly.
The Hungarian side continue to sit deep and invite Chelsea forward, but given that the visitors are now playing three at the back, there is probably less chance of Ferencvaros catching their opponents on the break.
It's not taken long for Chelsea to get back into this game, with Ramires' strike the best way to do it. Ferencvaros look a bit shocked, but they're probably not as surprised as the Brazilian midfielder! The Blues have a midfield trio who are looking to retain possession and spread the play, but the hosts aren't being drawn out of their shape.
GOOOOOOAL! RAMIRES FIRES CHELSEA LEVEL! The Brazilian midfielder smashes a left-footed volley into the top left corner, with the goalkeeper unable to do anything but stand and stare! His first touch sets it up, before he hammers home with his weaker foot!
Huge miss for Nagy! He's picked out six yards out from goal and all he needs to do is sidefoot the ball home! Instead of applying the finish, he misses entirely, with Zouma able to hack clear at the back post!
Plenty of changes for Chelsea, with Schwarzer, Cahill, Ivanovic, Fabregas, Salah and Costa taking to the field, as the Blues look to turn their fortunes around. Ferencvaros certainly have their work cut out now, with Mourinho's side possibly trialling a 3-5-2 formation.
We're back underway in the second half! Ferencvaros have a slim lead but will need to be at their defensive best to prevent Chelsea from finding the back of the net at some point this evening.
Be sure to rejoin us in ten minutes time for all of the second half action in Budapest, as Chelsea try and overturn a one goal deficit after the interval! Plenty of changes could be in the offing for the Blues, with Mourinho having a wealth of quality on the bench.
Cech has been rarely tested, but Ferencvaros have occasionally looked dangerous on the break. Filipe Luis and Azpilicueta have been providing width for Chelsea, with Schurrle and Willian both busy, but Torres has been anonymous in attack.
HALF TIME! Ferencvaros head into their dressing room with a 1-0 lead over Chelsea, despite the English side seeing plenty more of the ball and creating more chances. Gera opened the scoring, following a brilliant cross from Nagy, while Drogba limped off after half an hour with an ankle problem.
Filipe Luis whips in yet another cross, which Schurrle manages to flick on with his instep. The former Leverkusen man scampers after his own first touch, but Dibusz gets there first.
Schurrle cuts inside from the left, before placing his shot straight at a Ferencvaros shirt. Chelsea aren't looking too confident in and around the opposition penalty area, but as fatigue becomes a factor and gaps appear, that could all change after the interval.
Willian continues to be one of the brightest players on the field, with the diminutive Brazilian nipping around in midfield to pick out clever passes and crossfield balls. Bonig whips an early cross into the box, but Cech comes out early to claim under no pressure.
Filipe Luis tries to shoot from 30 yards, but his shot strikes the very first man in its path. Oscar then weaves his way into the penalty area, earning himself just enough space to shoot, but his eventual effort is always veering wide of the near post!
Less than ten minutes until the break, with Mateos being caught out once again. Schurrle is picked out on the left, before hooking a looping cross towards the back post, but Bonig is once again confident enough to cushion the ball back to his goalkeeper under heavy pressure.
Schurrle goes close! Mateos slides through the back of Willian, earning Chelsea a free-kick 20 yards out from goal. The Germany international curls narrowly wide, but due to the manner in which the ball bounced behind the net, plenty of the crowd thought that was in!
Bode works the ball out to Nagy on the right-hand side once again, but Filipe Luis slides in to nudge the ball away from the wide man as he looked to sneak into the penalty area. Ferencvaros are looking worryingly potent going forward, with Chelsea's young central defensive pairing not too convincing.
Nagy whips in another excellent cross from the right, with Bode attempting to get on the end of it. Zouma steps in ahead of the Ferencvaros striker, heading the danger away composedly.
A quarter of an hour until the interval and Chelsea are still behind, despite playing the better football. The home side are happy to sit back and counter whenever possible. Azpilicueta lines up a strike from 25 yards, but his effort zips wide of the far post with Dibusz slightly worried.
Ferencvaros continue to try and harry Chelsea, but Filipe Luis and Azpilicueta have managed to find plenty of space on either space to drive into. Oscar replaces Drogba, with Willian pushed out to the right, Schurrle to the left, while Torres fills in up top.
Well, that's the game up for Drogba, as the former Ivory Coast international walks from the field and removes his boot immediately. He's tried in vain to remain on the pitch, but an ankle injury prevents him from continuing. Not something that Chelsea fans will want to see.
Drogba limps back onto the field, seemingly determined to at least make his way to the end of the half. Torres is nearly picked out by a fantastic long pass from Willian, but the Spaniard can't get a shot away after controlling well.
After receiving extensive treatment, Drogba limps from the field of his own accord, but doesn't look comfortable whatsoever. He sits behind the goal while getting additional attention from the physios, but he might take his time with regard to coming back onto the pitch again.
Azpilicueta drives down the right, before cutting back onto his left foot and delivering an early cross! Drogba challenges with the goalkeeper, but Dibusz gets there first to claim - with the former Galatasaray man landing rather awkwardly on his ankle on the way back down to the turf.
Drogba continues to be a real handful, forcing a foul out of Mateos, who made an extremely clumsy challenge. Schurrle finds Zouma yet again, but the central defender heads wide of the target! Plenty of service, but a lack of end product from the Frenchman thus far.
Schurrle whips in another corner delivery, straight into the danger area, but nobody can quite get enough contact on the ball! Zouma manages a glancing header, but can only watch as it sails narrowly wide of the far post! Unlucky for Chelsea!
Assist Dániel Nagy
Goal Zoltán Gera
GOOOOOOOAL! GERA GIVES FERENCVAROS THE LEAD! The former West Brom midfielder pops up at the back post, capping an excellent move from the hosts! It's a fantastic cross from the right by Nagy and Cech has no chance! Zouma perhaps isn't tight enough, but the Hungarian side have an early advantage!
Chelsea win a corner, as a result of a hurried Ferencvaros clearance, but Schurrle's delivery isn't met by Zouma! The former St Etienne youngster should really be hitting the target, but times his jump terribly! The ball is worked back to Drogba on the right, before he cuts inside, but his left-footed strike is smothered by Dibusz.
Again, the Ivory Coast international picks up possession from deep, before driving upfield down the right. He tries to float a cross in towards the back post for Torres, but his delivery curls strangely and forces Dibusz into yet another early save! The goalkeeper was nearly embarrassed there!
Drogba spreads play out to the left-hand side with a wonderfully weighted pass, but Torres accidentally puts the ball out of play while trying to shift it back onto his stronger right foot. The former Atletico striker is being used on the left flank once again, with Drogba the orthodox striker.
The opening ten minutes have passed with both goalkeepers being worried by clear cut chances, with Chelsea trying to play with a good intensity. There's plenty of pressing, with the likes of Schurrle, Ramires and Mikel unafraid to hassle the Ferencvaros midfield physically.
Smart saves from Dibusz! Firstly, the goalkeeper denies a close-range Drogba effort, parrying it wide of the target, before Schurrle musters up a similarly powerful strike. The Germany international stings the palms of the shot-stopper once more, but again Dibusz gets down to his left to push the ball away from the danger zone.
Csukics whips a brilliant ball in towards the back post, but his intended target is caught offside! Nagy bears down on the delivery, but puts it over the bar anyhow! Rather embarrrassing, but it wouldn't have counted anyway.
Bode drives upfield and tries to thread a through ball into the path of Gera, but a ruck of blue shirts combine to intercept. Ferencvaros have been guilty of giving the ball away a little bit sloppily already, despite being several games into their league campaign.
Despite the great atmosphere from the home fans, Chelsea are doing all of the talking on the pitch, dictating play and pushing their full-backs upfield whenever possible. Bode is being left as the lone striker, with Gera playing more of a supporting role.
Filipe Luis whips in an early cross from the left-hand side, but Drogba is unable to get any contact on the ball to direct it towards goal. With Schurrle breathing down his neck, Bonig nods back to Dibusz coolly.
Chelsea start the game composedly, with Zouma and Christensen splitting, looking to pass the ball around and settle down. Ferencvaros are happy to sit off the English side and hold their shape, as an early goal would kill off their hopes of grabbing a shock result somewhat.
We are underway in the first half! There's a fantastic crowd on for the opening of the Groupama Arena, with the stands covered in white and green - the colours of the hosts' home kit. Chelsea are donning their famous blue.
With about ten minutes remaining until kick-off, be sure to stick around for all of the first half action, as Mourinho's men look to prove their worth ahead of the league season. Some of these players will be sparingly used, or will act as rotation options, so at an individual level it will be important to perform this evening.
Chelsea starting line-up: Cech; Azpilicueta, Christensen, Zouma, Filipe Luis; Mikel, Ramires; Schurrle, Willian, Torres; Drogba.
Ferencvaros starting line-up: Dibusz; Nalepa, Mateos, Pavlovic, Bonig; Nagy, Gyomber, Csukics, Busai; Gera, Bode.
TEAM NEWS: Zoltan Gera starts alongside Daniel Bode in attack, with the latter having three goals in two games for Ferencvaros this league season. Mateo Pavlovic will be the man at the heart of the defence for the Hungarian side, while Gabor Gyomber will provide intensity and drive from central midfield.
TEAM NEWS: Andreas Christensen and Kurt Zouma are the inexperienced central defensive pairing for Chelsea, with new signing Filipe Luis starting at left-back. Talismanic striker Didier Drogba will lead the line from the start, with a supporting trio of Andre Schurrle, Willian and Fernando Torres. Petr Cech provides a safe set of hands in goal, while Ramires and John Obi Mikel will provide the defensive midfield grit.
I'm Simon Harrison and I will be leading you through all of the action at the Groupama Arena, with few familiar faces on show for the Hungarian top flight outfit, save for former West Bromwich Albion winger Zoltan Gera. Given that this is Chelsea's penultimate friendly, their Portuguese coach will presumably want a good performance with a result to match, but ultimately this is another fitness and training exercise.
Hello and welcome to live coverage of Chelsea's friendly against Ferencvaros in Budapest, as Jose Mourinho opts for a mixture of Premier League quality and youngsters. The Blues will be wanting to get back on track following a resounding defeat against Werder Bremen, but tonight should also provide something of a challenge, given that the hosts are already underway in their league season.
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