Thursday, August 5, 2010

Hamburg 2 ‏vs ‏ 1 Chelsea


Hamburger SV pulled off a fine pre-season win over a Chelsea side who will rue the equaliser from the Germans.

Chelsea named a strong starting eleven for their freindly match against Bundesliga side Hamburg in their final match before Carlo Ancelotti's side prepare to face rivals Manchester United in the Community Shield on Sunday.

The Blues named England trio Ashley Cole, Frank Lampard and John Terry in their team and Ancelotti decided to start with a 4-4-3 formation with Anelka, Kalou and Malouda operating as the front three.

Ross Turnball got the nod in goal as he continued to deputise for the injured Petr Cech, whilst Michael Essien continued his road back to full fitness.

Chelsea started the game well against the German side, dominating the lions share of possession at the Imtech Arena with some controlled passing movements, but the English champions never really created any clear cut chances.

Saloman Kalou had the first golden chance off the game when he had a free header from an unmarked position which he headed over.

Frank Lampard opened the scoring for Chelsea just after that however, when Hamburg defender Jonathan Pitroipa sold a back pass short to his goalkeeper and Michael Essien supplied the England midfileder who made no mistake in front of goal.

Pablo Guerrero nearly equilised for the home side on 35 minutes when he headed against the crossbar after darting in front of the Chelsea defence from a corner, it was a let off for Carlo Ancelotti's side who had began to let their opponents boss proceddings.

Chelsea were still causing Hamburg problems on the counter attack though and Ashley Cole was close to getting a second when delightfully put through, however he chose the wrong option in front of goal and the chance was wasted.

Ruud van Nistelrooy spurned a great opportunity to grab an equaliser for Hamburg on 53 minutes, when after picking up the ball on the edge of the box, tried a first-time effort, which flew harmlessly over the cross bar.

And the home side were almost punished immediately after. Some sloppy play from the Hamburg defence saw Mikel close down the play, and the ball trickled through to Lampard who fired an effort on goal, but unfortunately for the visitors, dragged the shot wide.

Drogba then spurned a glorious chance for the visitors. Having been played through on goal by Essien, the Ivorian cut inside his marker, but took too long on the ball, and Rost did well to smother the striker’s advances.

And wasted opportunities continued to fuel the plot of the second half, as Hamburg missed another gilt-edged opportunity, with Mladen Petric the culprit this time. Jarolim whipped in a corner, which evaded the Chelsea defence before reaching the Croatian’s head, but Petric was unable to direct his effort goalwards.

But the Croatian made amends on 71 minutes. Chelsea seemed comfortable, as Terry played a simple pass to Yuri Zhirkov, but the Russian played a suicide ball back to Ross Turnbull, and the goalkeeper was unable to reach the ball before Petric, who coolly lifted the ball over him, and into the net.

And with the match seemingly destined to end in a draw, up popped Heung Min Son to grab a winner for the home side with less than five minutes to go. The 18-year-old took he chance expertly, collecting the ball inside the Chelsea penalty area, before calmly slotting the ball underneath Turnball, and into the net.

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