Chelsea vs. Indonesia: Score, Analysis and Post-Match Reaction
Poor Indonesia. The BNI Indonesia All-Stars, playing a preseason friendly against Chelsea, never stood a chance. The Blues went on a scoring rampage, winning 8-1.
It was all about Chelsea in the first half, to the surprise of no one.
Ramires looked sure to score in the 15th minute after Ryan Bertrand found him in the center of the box with a precise cross, but somehow Indonesia's keeper Kurnia Meiga got a touch on the ball and denied the Blues a goal.
Minutes later, however, Chelsea would get on the board.
John Terry was swept to the ground in the box as several players were engaged in a scramble for the ball, and the referee pointed to the spot. From there, Eden Hazard stepped up and calmly slotted home the game's first goal.
With that, the floodgates opened.
In the 29th minute, Hazard made a dangerous run down the flank and sent in a cross for Bertrand, who cleverly flicked the ball on. The ball fell to Ramires, who absolutely ripped a shot into the roof of the net.
Two minutes later, the rout was on.
Again, Hazard was in the thick of things, this time sending Ramires in on goal after Bertrand's cross was played by Moses and landed at the Belgian star's feet. Meiga made a nice initial save on Ramires' shot but couldn't hold onto the ball, and the rebound found Demba Ba, who easily gave Chelsea a 3-0 lead.
Chelsea continued to play aggressively, and would cap off the half with a fourth goal.
This time, Bertrand's free kick was flicked on by Gary Cahill and found the head of Terry. The veteran defender knew what to do from there, slotting home the game's fourth goal.
Things wouldn't get better for Indonesia.
Bertrand Traore got himself in on the action, curling a shot from the top of the box past a sprawling Meiga in the 50th minute.
In a game full of goals for Chelsea, that was probably the prettiest. But far from the last.
Hazard continued his strong performance in the 51st minute and sent in a cross, where Romelu Lukaku was there to give Chelsea the touchdown with a headed goal, continuing his strong preseason.
Three minutes later, Ramires would give Chelsea the extra point, scoring his second goal with a long-range blast.
Lukaku would get his second goal of the game and fourth of Chelsea's preseason tour in the 65th minute, giving Chelsea an 8-0 lead. Lucas Piazon would play the ball back to the Belgian striker, who was positioned in the sixth and easily scored the two-point conversion for the Blues.
Chelsea had such a scoring touch in this game, the Blues even scored a goal for Indonesia in the 67th minute.
Greg Nwokolo did well for Indonesia to free himself in the box and make a break down the right side. He smashed a low centering feed that Chelsea defender Tomas Kalas tried to block but inadvertently deflected into the net, giving Indonesia its first goal of the game.
The game would settle down after that, and Chelsea would wrap up the Asian leg of its preseason tour with a dominating performance.
Man of the Match: Eden Hazard, Chelsea
While this honor could probably go to about half of Chelsea's squad on this day, Hazard always seemed to be in the middle of the goalscoring proceedings. From the game's opening goal on his penalty to a slew of assists, the winger made his presence felt in this contest.
Juan Mata was Chelsea's best player a season ago, but that torch could be passed to Hazard this season, as the young Belgian is a force to be reckoned with and continues to grow as a player. Don't be surprised if he is king of the Blues this season.
Chelsea now heads to Indianapolis to take on Inter Milan on August 1, as the Blues are taking part in the eight-team International Champions Cup that also includes Real Madrid, the LA Galaxy, Juventus, Everton, AC Milan and Valencia.
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