Sunday August 10, 2014 August Finished

Ferencváros 1 - 2 Chelsea

  • Gera 17’
  • Ramires 51’
  • Fàbregas 81’

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  1. Friendly match - Ramires and Fabregas goals see Chelsea edge Ferencvaros

    Friendly match - Ramires and Fabregas goals see Chelsea edge Ferencvaros

    Two outstanding goals from Ramires and Cesc Fabregas saw Chelsea record a hard-fought 2-1 pre-season win over Ferencvaros in Hungary. More

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    Time:90'
    • Ferencváros
    • Chelsea
    • 91' FULL TIME: Ferencvaros 1 Chelsea 2. Good test for Mourinho's men, but they come out on top after two moments of brilliance from Ramires and Fabregas.
    • 90' Great chance for Costa! Fabregas spots the striker on the shoulder of the last defender, but Costa puts his effort just past the post when he should have put his foot through his shot.
    • 89' That should be three! Moses digs a good cross out from the byline, but Fabregas can't get enough of a connection on it, and his flicked header takes it away from Oscar at the back post. Between the two of them, they should have scored.
    • 88' Chelsea are toying with Ferencvaros now. They're sitting very deep and playing the ball among themselves.
    • 87' Hazard is having more of effect on the game now. He's probably still short of match fitness, but you can even see him getting sharper as this second half has gone on. Will he be ready for Burnley?
    • 86' Chelsea are moving the ball around very confidently now. They don't look like losing grip of this lead. They're quite happy to calm the contest down and see the clock out.
    • 85' Pavlovic is penalised for a late tackle on a Chelsea player, but there's no booking. The referee really didn't like that challenge but keeps his cards in his pocket.
    • 84' Chelsea have impressed over the whole of this game. They probably deserve to be ahead, but the injury to Drogba, as well as the quiet performance of Costa in this second half will be of concern to Mourinho.
    • 83' The defending on Fabregas' goal was poor, but the run from the Spanish international was magnificent. Chelsea will expect a few more of those from their summer signing.
    • 82' GOAL! Ferencvaros 1 Chelsea 2 (82 - Cesc Fabregas). What a fantastic goal from Fabregas! The midfielder beats no less than four players on his way into the box, finishing past the keeper on the stretch.
    • 81' Ake has only been on the pitch for a matter of seconds and he's already drawn a save from the Ferencvaros goalkeeper! The cross came in from Fabregas but Ake's diving header is saved.
    • 80' Chelsea sub: Kurt Zouma OFF, Nathan Ake ON.
    • 79' Chelsea sub: Mohamed Salah OFF, Marco Van Ginkel ON.
    • 78' Costa gets into a bit of a scuffle with Mateos, with the referee giving a freekick to Ferencvaros. Not sure what that was about.
    • 77' Hazard shows an impressive turn of pace to get to the byline and square a cross into the six yard box, but Oscar can't stretch far enough and the chance is gone for Chelsea. Good opportunity.
    • 76' Moses has now switched out to the right side, with Costa and Oscar in more central positions. There's not much fluidity in the final third from Chelsea at the moment. Not surprising, really.
    • 75' As much of the ball that Chelsea are having, Ferencvaros still look reasonably comfortable at the back. Costa has been very quiet in this second half. I though we would have seen more of him.
    • 74' Indeed, the injured player goes off for Ferencvaros. That was the reason for the delay in play, but the contest is back up and running now, although Oscar has just hit the turf as well.
    • 73' Ferencvaros sub: Michal Nalepa OFF, Tamas Csillus ON.
    • 71' We have a delay in the play at the moment as a Ferencvaros player falls to the ground. He'll receive some treatment now.
    • 70' Oscar has been largely ineffective since coming on. As I suggested he might at the break, he's been playing wider in this second half, but is taking too long on the ball and slowing down the game.
    • 69' Every so often Ferencvaros show some real quality, just reminding us all that they could still pull off a result here. They need to keep hold of the ball better in midfield though. They're losing it too quickly.
    • 68' There has been an increase in the tempo from Chelsea in the last 10 minutes or so. This is a real test for Mourinho's men, and the manger is telling his players to embrace it. This will be good for their fitness.
    • 67' Chelsea sub: Cesar Azpilicueta OFF, Victor Moses ON.
    • 66' It looks like Chelsea are about to make another change, with Victor Moses warming up in the touchline. Does the Nigerian international have a future at Stamford Bridge?
    • 64' Chelsea hit the post! Fabregas' delivery from a freekick on the left of the pitch causes mayhem, with Cahill getting his head to the ball, but it comes bouncing back off thw woodwork.
    • 63' Having returned to Chelsea later than the rest of the team due to the World Cup, Hazard now comes on for Mourinho's side. Can he make an impact on the final 30 minutes of this game?
    • 62' Chelsea sub: John Obi Mikel OFF, Eden Hazard ON.
    • 61' Chelsea sub: Nemanja Matic OFF, Ramires ON.
    • 60' Costa has been quiet in the 15 minutes he has been on the pitch. It's somewhat strange to see him drifting out wide so often. Is that something that Mourinho will make him adapt to this season?
    • 58' What a chance for the home side! Chelsea look a bit unorganised as they defend a counter attack, but when Havojic is slotted through on goal his control lets him down at the crucial moment.
    • 57' Oscar should have scored! The Brazilian is slipped in on goal from a deep position, but he takes too long to get his shot away, allowing the opposition centre back to recover and make the tackle.
    • 56' Fabregas is playing in a more advanced position this evening but I think it's fairly safe to assume that the Spaniard will be playing alongside Matic in a deeper position this season.
    • 55' Salah wriggles his way through the tackle of a couple opposition players before playing a wonderful ball to Fabregas inside the box. But when the ball falls back to Ramires his shot is charged down.
    • 54' Free header for Cahill, who finds himself unmarked eight yards out from a Fabregas corner kick, but the centre-back's effort is straight at the goalkeeper in the Ferencvaros goal.
    • 53' Ferencvaros actually started the second half the better of the two teams, but lost a goal. It's strange, because Chelsea were the better side in the first half, yet Ferencvaros scored.
    • 52' Great finish. The first touch set him up for the shot, but even then I don't think anyone expected that kind of effort. Wooft!
    • 51' GOAL! Ferencvaros 1 Chelsea 1 (51 mins - Ramires). What an outstanding goal! Ramires controls a clearance on the edge of the box and lashes a half volley into the top corner with his left foot!
    • 49'
    • 49' Ferencvaros come forward, getting in behind the Chelsea defence, but the low cross into the centre of the box doesn't find a player in a green shirt and the visitors bring the ball out of the back.
    • 47' In fact, a number of changes have been made by both sides. For instance, Cech has come off for Courtois. Just trying to tally up who is still on the pitch from the first half. Ah pre-season friendlies.
    • 46' Chelsea have made a couple of changes at the break, with Costa and Fabregas coming on for the Stamford Bridge club. That should give them more of an edge in the final third. Can they find a goal?
    • 45' The second half is under way at the Groupama Arean!
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    • - That was actually quite a positive first half for Chelsea, but they go into the break 1-0 down. They were found out at the back, with Zouma losing his man. The injury to Drogba will also be a concern to Mourinho.
    • 45' HALF TIME: Ferencvaros 1 Chelsea 0
    • 44' Chelsea win another corner kick, with Schurrle whipping a delivery into the penalty area, but the cross is too deep and the goalkeeper lets it run at the back post, with nobody in a blue shirt in sight.
    • 43' Ramires is brought down by Gera, giving Chelsea the chance to whip a set piece into the box, but Schurrle can't turn the delivery goalwards.
    • 42' Oscar hasn't impressed since coming on. He's given up the ball far too easily on more than one occassion, and isn't tracking back like Torres was in the opening 20 minutes or so.
    • 41' Chelsea are pressing hard looking for an equaliser before the break, but this time Schurrle's shot is blocked by an opposition defender.
    • 40' Oscar dribbles past the challenge of a couple Ferencvaros players but his eventual shot is slashed wide of the target. It was a bit of a reckless effort, actually. Should have done better.
    • 39' Chelsea are toying with Ferencvaros on the edge of the box, but they're a little stagnant and slow to pick a pass or take a shot.
    • 38' With the departure of Lampard and Luiz over the summer there's a bit of competition for the set pieces at Chelsea this summer. I suspect we'll see them take it in turns tonight. Schurrle's effort wasn't bad.
    • 37' I can't believe that didn't go in! Everyone in the stadium thought that freekick from Schurrle was in, but it was one of those that hit the back stanchion and rippled around the back of the net.
    • 36' Nagy tries to find a way round Luis, who goes to ground on the edge of the box, bringing down the Ferencvaros player in the process, but the referee says that the Chelsea left back got a touch on the ball.
    • 35' Willian has shifted out to the right side of the attack, with Oscar in the central role and Schurrle out left. Could this be the way they line up against Burnley a week on Monday?
    • 34' Azpilicueta takes on the shot from the best part of 25 yards after driving forward from his position at right back, but his effort is dragged wide of the target.
    • 33' You get the feeling that Torres needs to impress as a central striker here if he is to stand any chance of starting next week's opener against Burnely. Even then, it's probably beyond him.
    • 32' How does Mourinho fit all this attacking talent into one side? After such an impressive World Cup Schurrle surely - pun totally intended - must start? But what about Oscar, Willian and Hazard?
    • 31' It's not Costa who comes to replace the injured Drogba, but Oscar instead. That means that Torres will move into a more central position, with Oscar, Willian and Schurrle in behind him.
    • 30' Chelsea sub: Didier Drogba OFF, Oscar ON.
    • 29' Indeed, Drogba is struggling here. He seems to be gesturing to the bench that he isn't feeling comfortable. Could we be about to see Costa? Is he the man that would replace Drogba?
    • 28' Drogba is back on the pitch and will try to run off the knock that he took a few minutes ago. It didn't look to be an impact injury, which might be a worry for Mourinho. Could he still come off?
    • 27'
    • 26' The scoreline is a little misleading at the moment. Chelsea look good in the final third and are keeping hold of the ball in the midfield. Yet they are losing 1-0. I expect that to change before 90 minutes is out.
    • 25' Drogba has sustained a minor knock and is currently receiving some treatment. Don't worry Chelsea fans. He will be okay.
    • 24' The cross is flung into the penalty area from the right side from Azpilicueta, looking for the head of Torres, but the Ferencvaros keeper is strong once again, coming off his line to claim.
    • 23' This has turned into quite an open affair, with both sides creating chances in front of goal. Good test for Chelsea this close to the start of the new Premier League season.
    • 22' Schurrle puts another great delivery into the box, this time from a freekick 25 yards out, but Zouma can't direct his header on goal. He perhaps jumped a little too early to make the contact.
    • 21' The game gets stretched and Ferencvaros come forward on the break, but Nagy's shot is weak and Cech can make the save with ease. His crossing is better than his shooting.
    • 20' Chelsea come close to an immediate equaliser! I think it might have been Zouma who got the final touch on the effort on goal, but the header flashed across goal and just past the post.
    • 19' That was the first real defensive test for Zouma at the heart of the Chelsea defence, and to be frank he failed. He gave Gera far too much time and space, losing his man so close to his own goal.
    • 18' GOAL! Ferencvaros 1 (18 mins - Zoltan Gera) Chelsea 0. Against the run of play the home side have taken the lead! Gera makes the most of a dangerous cross into the box to volley home from close range.
    • 17' Looks like a healthy crowd inside the Groupama Arena. I suppose that's the global appeal of the Premier League.
    • 16' Chelsea are indeed in control of the game at the moment, but Ferencvaros are maybe a little sharper when it comes to the challenge and the second ball. That might be because they're four games into their season.
    • 15' Schurrle's corner kick delivery is very dangerous into the box, but Zouma mistimes his jump slightly and fails to make a connection. He was unmarked six yards out from goal!
    • 14' Chelsea are in control here. Ferencvaros still look relatively dangerous on the counter attack, but far too much space is being afforded to Luis down the left side of the pitch.
    • 13' Drogba comes close to catching out the Ferencvaros goalkeeper! The striker plays a cross into the box from the right side for Drogba, but he overhits it slightly and Dibusz is required to tip it away from goal.
    • 12' Torres comes down the wing and tries to shift the ball onto his right foot to get the cross into the box, but he performs a 10/10 air shot. One of the most expensive players in the history of the game, horribly one footed.
    • 11' Schurrle has started well. There was a rumour during the week that he could be off to Atletico Madrid before the end of the transfer window, but I can see no situation in which that happens. He's a perfect Mourinho player. Invaluable.
    • 9' Another good save by Dibusz! This time it's Schurrle on the end of a pass into the box, but his low shot is blocked by the opposition goalkeeper.
    • 8' Good save by Dibusz in the Ferencvaros goal! Schurrle lays it off to Drogba, who opens up his body from 12 yards out. His shot takes a deflection but the goalkeeper gets down well to make the save.
    • 7' A great cross comes into the box from a centre area, looking for the run of Busai at the back post. But the flag is raised before the Ferenvaros player can get a shot away at goal.
    • 6' You can get in touch with me throughout the match to let me know your thoughts. Has Mourinho got it right? Is this how the frontline will look for the game against Burnley next Monday I'm Graham Ruthven.Tweet me!
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    • 5' And Schurrle and Drogba are the furthest forward, although the latter will be the targetman for Chelsea tonight. Can the big striker make an impact on his return to Stamford Bridge?
    • 4' The midfield duo are Mikel Obi and Ramires, with Willian and Schurrle playing the wide areas (although I expect Torres to push into the centre of the pitch at times).
    • 3' The early signs are that Zouma will partner Christenssen at the centre of defence, with Luis at left back and Azpilicueta at right back.
    • 2' Chelsea are in the final stretch ahead of the Premier League's big kick off next weekend. Does this side give us an idea of how Mourinho will set up his team once the real stuff starts?
    • 1' We're under way between Ferencvaros and Chelsea!
    • 19:15 CHELSEA starting XI v Ferencváros: Cech; Azpilicueta, Christensen, Zouma, Filipe Luis; Mikel, Ramires; Schurrle, Willian; Torres, Drogba
  • Summary

    • 90' Great chance for Costa! Fabregas spots the striker on the shoulder of the last defender, but Costa puts his effort just past the post when he should have put his foot through his shot.
    • 89' That should be three! Moses digs a good cross out from the byline, but Fabregas can't get enough of a connection on it, and his flicked header takes it away from Oscar at the back post. Between the two of them, they should have scored.
    • 82' GOAL! Ferencvaros 1 Chelsea 2 (82 - Cesc Fabregas). What a fantastic goal from Fabregas! The midfielder beats no less than four players on his way into the box, finishing past the keeper on the stretch.
    • 57' Oscar should have scored! The Brazilian is slipped in on goal from a deep position, but he takes too long to get his shot away, allowing the opposition centre back to recover and make the tackle.
    • 51' GOAL! Ferencvaros 1 Chelsea 1 (51 mins - Ramires). What an outstanding goal! Ramires controls a clearance on the edge of the box and lashes a half volley into the top corner with his left foot!
    • 37' I can't believe that didn't go in! Everyone in the stadium thought that freekick from Schurrle was in, but it was one of those that hit the back stanchion and rippled around the back of the net.
    • 20' Chelsea come close to an immediate equaliser! I think it might have been Zouma who got the final touch on the effort on goal, but the header flashed across goal and just past the post.
    • 18' GOAL! Ferencvaros 1 (18 mins - Zoltan Gera) Chelsea 0. Against the run of play the home side have taken the lead! Gera makes the most of a dangerous cross into the box to volley home from close range.
    • 9' Another good save by Dibusz! This time it's Schurrle on the end of a pass into the box, but his low shot is blocked by the opposition goalkeeper.
    • 8' Good save by Dibusz in the Ferencvaros goal! Schurrle lays it off to Drogba, who opens up his body from 12 yards out. His shot takes a deflection but the goalkeeper gets down well to make the save.
    • 19:15 CHELSEA starting XI v Ferencváros: Cech; Azpilicueta, Christensen, Zouma, Filipe Luis; Mikel, Ramires; Schurrle, Willian; Torres, Drogba

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