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July 27, 2014
• Stadion Stožice, Ljubljana
Referee: R. Obrenović
• Attendance: 15972
N. Kapun 40'
Diego Costa 56'
K. Zouma 64'
Thank you for joining me today. I hope you enjoyed the action. Farewell until next time.
The referee blows his whistle to end the match and Chelsea pick up another pre-season win after coming from behind. Their Slovenian opposition put up a decent fight and created more troubl than many would have expected, but Chelsea's Premier League quality shown through eventually as Diego Costa and Kurt Zouma netted the all-important goals, following Kapun's first-half opener.
90' + 3'
90' + 2'
There will a total of three minutes added on.
90' + 1'
Big chance for Chelsea to double their lead as Ivanovic's teasing cross from the right somehow evades the goalkeeper. Solanke is in the danger zone and anticipates the keeper's error well, but he can only get contact with his thigh and then sends the ball over the crossbar.
That's another wild tackle from Bamford. Burgic keeps the ball in play on the right, but he is instantly greeted with a strong challenge from the England youth international, who deservedly gets a yellow card.
Yellow Card Patrick Bamford
An error from arguably Chelsea's most experienced player, John Terry, almost gives Olimpija a great chance. The Chelsea captain slipped at the worst moment and Vukcevic got into the right side of the area, but Ake took the sting out of his shot and Cech collected the looping ball.
Olimpija are also doing their best to get plenty of men forward and Chelsea's inability to keep possession is certainly playing into the hosts' hands.
Chelsea are throwing men forward again here as Solanke finds space down the left, but he tries to overdo it and Olimpija steal possession back inside their own penalty area.
Vukcevic is at the centre of things again. The forward appears at the back post for an Olimpija corner and he unleashes a half volley, which is deflected away by Ake. That looked destined for the net.
Chelsea are on the back foot again here. Burgic is involved again, this time turning provider as he slips a pass into the area for Omladic, which Cech is forced to turn around the post.
A wild tackle from Bamford is missed by the officials, but Olimpija make the most of the opportunity to attack. Eventually Vukcevic tries his luck from 30 yards, but his attempt goes narrowly wide of the left-hand post.
TORRES MISSED FROM THREE YARDS OUT! Ake does brilliantly on the left as he brings down a good pass and then charges to the byline. The full-back's ball is played straight across the face of goal and Torres somehow heads over the crossbar.
Solanke chases a long ball over the Olimpija defence and the goalkeeper just about beats him to it, but the youngster is adamant the ball was handled outside the area. Nothing given, though.
The two teams are much-changed now and the constant substitutions have no doubt played a role in making proceedings a little disjointed.
Bamford, Solanke and Chalobah have entered the fray, with Costa, Matic and Salah leaving the pitch.
Meanwhile, Olimpija have made another change as Burgic comes on for Jovic. A few Chelsea subs are about to come on as well.
Chelsea went along celebrating and were adamant the goal was perfectly legal. The referee then told them the goal has not been allowed and Mourinho was far from impressed, demanding an explanation from the referee.
We have a bit of confusion here. Chelsea put the ball over the line as Ivanovic managed to pounce on a loose ball in the area after Zouma's header was tipped on to the crossbar. However, the referee has not given the goal, seemingly pointing to a foul on the goalkeeper, which wasn't entire evident.
Goal Kurt Zouma
GOAL!!! CHELSEA COMPLETE THE TURNAROUND! Olimpija are unable to clear the Chelsea corner and Torres picks up possession on the far side of the area. The Spaniard sees his shot parried back into the danger area by Seliga and Zouma nods the rebound in.
Chelsea win themselves a corner as Salah gets into the penalty area and then sees two attempted crosses blocked, but the second goes behind.
Good play by Costa, who appears to be lining up on the left at the moment. The Spain forward charges away from Zarifovic and then crosses in towards Torres, but Mitrovic does well to cut it out.
Antonio Delamea Mlinar
Delamea is being forced off here as his nose continues to gush with blood. Zarifovic takes his place on the field.
Good play by Chelsea again as Costa bullies his way past an Olimpija defender on the right. He looks set to charge through on goal, but Mitrovic covers to great effect and produces a fine sliding challenge.
Olimpija respond by making their first change of the match. Valencic, who was one of their best players in the first half, is replaced by Vukcevic.
Assist Cesc Fàbregas
Goal Diego Costa
GOAL!!! CHELSEA DRAW LEVEL! Two new signing link up to great effect for Chelsea as Fabregas intercepts a terrible pass just inside the Olimpija half and then slips Costa into the area, who confidently smashes past Seliga.
Cool play from Cech as the goalkeeper comes about 30 yards out of his goal to deal with a lofted ball from the back for Rodic. The experienced keeper gets to the ball first and then produces a header to clear his lines.
Good move by Chelsea as Ivanovic and Salah link up down the left. The Serbian then cuts a pass into the area for his patner down the right flank, who flicks to his left fot Van Ginkel. Olimpija crowd the midfielder out, though.
Delamea has made his way off the pitch to get his medical attention and play is allowed to continue. This second half is yet to get going, really. There has been little flow and it has been scrappy.
We are having a pause now as Delamea seeks medical attention. The Olimpija man clashed heads with team-mate Mitrovic and he appears to be in some discomfort.
Olimpija create the first half chance of the second half as Rodic chases down a loose ball and beats Terry to it, but his effort while stretching on the slide goes harmlessly wide.
Chelsea have made five changes at the break, with Cech, Ivanovic, Torres, Van Ginkel, Terry and Ake all coming on. Delac, Azpilicueta, Brown, Boga, Cahill and Filipe Luis depart.
Marco van Ginkel
We are back underway in Slovenia for the second half!
The referee blows his whistle to end what was a disappointing first half from Chelsea, with the three debutants unable to inspire much quality in attack. Nik Kapun's 40th-minute strike separates the two sides at the break after a fairly entertaining first half, but one would expect a far more disjointed second period as we await a host of half-time substitutes.
45' + 1'
Poor form Brown yet again. The youngster gives the ball back to Olimpija inside the hosts' half and they swiftly look to begin a counterattack. Sporar is in acres of space on the right and Valencic eventually feeds him, but he is well offside.
Well, that seems to sum up Chelsea's efforts so far. Chelsea win themselves a corner and it is played short to Salah, who takes a touch and blasts a shot over from about 30 yards.
This time Matic almost plays Chelsea into danger. The Serbian takes his time on the ball not far from his own area and his forward pass is hit straight against a forward. The ball ricochets towards goal, but Delac is able to collect.
Goal Nik Kapun
Assist Darian Matic
GOAL!!! OLIMPIJA TAKE THE LEAD! Brown, who has been very poor today, is guilty of gifting possession back to the hosts from the left-back area. His pass is meant for Boga, but the ball was hit too far and Valencic intercepted before feeding Kapun into the area, who unleashed a fierce shot to beat Delac.
Salah finds himself in the thick of it again as he twists and turns his way past the full-back. He then cuts a pass into the danger zone for Costa, and although it is intercepted, Olimpija clear only as far as Boga. The midfielder skips past the first challenge and shoots, but his effort is blocked.
Very good goalkeeping from Seliga as the Olimpija man anticipates Fabregas' throughball into the right side of the area for Salah. The Egypt star looks destined to win the race, but Seliga dives on to the ball and kills the danger.
Olimpija almost get themselves a goal-scoring opportunity as their free-kick eventually lands at the feet of Rodic, but he is quickly crowded out and Chelsea block his shot.
Yellow Card César Azpilicueta
Olimpija now have a free-kick in a good position following Azpilicueta's foul about 25 yards from the Chelsea goal. This is a good position for the hosts, who fill the penalty area.
Good move by Chelsea. Boga receives the ball in a deep position, before charging towards the area. He flicks a pass to his right for Costa, who scoops the ball into the area for Brown. The England youth international hits a half-volley, but it goes over.
Decent effort from Cahill. A Chelsea corner finds its way deep into the area and Matic nods the ball back towards the edge of the box. Cahill swings his left foot at it and sends a shot narrowly wide of the right-hand post.
We are having a brief pause in play now as Rodic seeks medical attention. He appeared to clash with Omladic during that previous passage of play.
DELAC DENIES OLMLADIC! Olimpija create their first real chance of the match and it was a great opportunity. Valencic produces a fine cross from the left and Olmladic meets it at the front post, flicking it on with a first-time volley, but Delac palms it away.
Chelsea have theball in the back of the net as Zouma does well to chest down Matic's header and then volley past the helpless goalkeeper, but it won't count as the Serbian midfielder was offside.
Yellow Card Aleksandar Rodic
Callous tackle by Rodic as the Olimpija man hacks Salah down from behind after the Egyptian cut inside from the lef. Rodic appears to have escaped a booking, but Chelsea have a free-kick in a deep position.
Unsurprisingly, though, the corner comes to nothing as Olimpija hook the ball away. It's fair to say that the standard of set-pieces so far has been disappointing.
Chelsea remain on the attack, though. Salah pounces on a bouncing ball in the right side of the Olimpija area and, although he is under immense pressure, he manages to get a shot away, which is blocked behind for a corner.
The Chelsea break looks set to cause significant damage as Brown picks up possession over towards the left and plays the ball just inside to Costa. The Spaniard jinks past one man, but he is tackled well by Matic, who sticks a foot in.
Olimpija, meanwhile, win themselves a corner as Valencic tries to make some ground on the left and he wins a corner off Azpilicueta. However, as happened before, the corner is dealt with easily by Chelsea, who subsequently spring a counter.
Chelsea put together a string of passes as they are patient in their build-up play, but it all comes to an abrupt end as Matic tries to play Filipe in down the left and passes straight out of play.
Salah finally comes to life as he glides down the right flank, breezing past his marker before cutting a low ball back towards the penalty spot. The pass, however, is cut too far back for Costa, who is unable to adapt his run enough.
Good overlapping play by Filipe Luis down the left as he gives Brown an option in attack. The full-back holds off Jovic and squeezes a low cross into the area for Brown, but the youngster accidentally knocks the ball out of play.
Chelsea haven't really got going just yet. Olimpija have probably seen a little more of the ball and they have been more positive in attack, with the likes of Boga, Brown and Salah having very quiet starts.
Unimpressive play by Boga as the youngster is caught in possession just inside his own half. Cahill appears to snuff out the danger as he tracks back well, getting himself between Sporar and the ball, but he tries to overcomplicate things and his counterpart steals the ball back. Sporar wants a penalty for a light tug on the back of his shirt by Cahill, but nothing is given, as Delac mops up.
Another corner is effectively wasted, but Chelsea remain on the attack. Once again, Costa finds himself on the ball just outside the Olimpija area and the Spain international charges into the box, before seeing his shot blocked.
Chelsea are quick to deal with the corner and they launch a counterattack. Costa is eventually played into the left side of the area and he wins a corner for the visitors.
Corner to Olimpija. After working the ball to Valencic on the left, the home side bring their attack back inside. A one-two just outside the Chelsea area presents Omladic with a shooting opportunity, but his effort is deflected wide.
Olimpija have made a positive start so far. The hosts look particularly set on getting the ball out towards Valencic on the left flank and he has seen plenty of possession.
Fabregas' first involvement sees him pick up the ball in a deep position and then loft a pass over the Olimpija defence for Costa to run on to. The former Atletico Madrid man looks set to bring the ball down, but Mitrovic intercepts with a crucial header.
Jovic almost plays his team into trouble as he cuts across his side's half of the pitch and, under the pressure of Brown, he squares straight to Boga about 25 yards from goal, but luckily for Olimpija, Brown is penalised for a foul.
We're underway in Ljubljana.
The two teams are now out on the pitch in Ljubljana as kick-off approaches. There is a great amount of interest in this match over in Slovenia, with Olimpija suspending a league match in order to be involved.
Chelsea's opponents today are currently third in the Slovenian top flight, but don't let that fool you. Olimpija are only one match into the new season and they finished seventh in the ten-team division last term. It would be fair to expect a comfortable Chelsea win here, you'd imagine.
Didier Drogba officially rejoined the club this week and he is present with the squad in Slovenia, but he is not yet ready to make his second Chelsea debut, with that more likely to come against Vitesse on Wednesday.
Of course, the main talking point in the build-up to this fixture is undoubtedly the presence of Diego Costa, Filipe Luis and Cesc Fabregas. The new arrivals have been amongst the Chelsea squad for a while now following their respective involvements at the World Cup, but each will be making their first appearance for the club. Filipe slots in at left-back, Fabregas starts in midfield and Costa leads the attack.
Chelsea subs: Cech, Ivanovic, Ake, Torres, Van Ginkel, Romeu, Terry, Chalobah, Baker, Christensen, Swift, Bamford, Solanke.
Chelsea starting XI: Delac; Azpilicueta, Cahill, Zouma, Filipe Luis; Nemanja Matic, Cesc Fabregas; Brown, Boga, Salah; Diego Costa.
Olimpija subs: Ivacic, Zarifovic, Vidovic, Gajic, Durkovic, Zorc, Vukcevic, Bozic, Fink, Jurcevic, Golubar, Corn, Ceh, Buric
Olimpija starting XI: Seliga, Jovic, Mitrovic, Delamea, Darijan Matic, Kapun, Omladic, Rodic, Sporar, Valencic.
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Hello and welcome to the LIVE text commentary of the pre-season friendly between Olimpija Ljubljana and Chelsea. Stadion Stozice in Ljubljana plays host to today's fixture and I, Ryan Benson, shall be describing the action for you.
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