Saturday, 16 July 2011

Preseason: Portsmouth 0 Chelsea 1

Andre Villas-Boas recorded his second win today, at Fratton Park against Portsmouth, courtesy of an own goal from former Blue defender Tal Ben Haim. The visitors began the game with a mix of youth and experience, with Billy Clifford and Tomas Kalas both in the starting lineup. A frantic start at saw both teams come close in the opening five minutes, with Florent Malouda and Dave Kitson both missing chances. It was Chelsea old boy Ben Haim that handed his old side the lead, after he planted his header past Portsmouth goalkeeper Stephen Henderson in the seventh minute. Chelsea continued to dominate but never really looked like extending their lead, with young midfielder Billy Clifford perhaps a bit too eager to impress, and Fernando Torres failing to work the Portsmouth goalkeeper with a back-post header. Daniel Sturridge had an opportunity to play alongside Torres, and he almost showed his new boss what he can do as his free kick had Stephen Henderson at full stretch.

Villas-Boas rang the changes at the break with John Terry, Frank Lampard, Didier Drogba and Nicolas Anelka all being introduced for the second 45 minutes. Chelsea had complete control in the early stages, until the 62nd minute, when Hilario made a rash challenge in the box on Luke Varney. The former Blackpool man made the most of the challenge but a penalty was awarded and the Chelsea 'keeper received a yellow card for the foul. Varney brushed himself off to take the penalty himself but justice was done as Hilario sprawled to his left hand side to deny him an equalizer and ensure victory for the visitors.

Chelsea first half. Turnbull; Ferreira (c), Kalas, Ivanovic, Cole; B Clifford, Mikel, Zhirkov; Sturridge, Torres, Malouda.
Chelsea second half. Hilario; Bosingwa, Chalobah, Terry (c), Van Aanholt (Bertrand 71); Benayoun, McEachran, Lampard; Anelka, Drogba, Kalou.

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