Friday 02 August 2013
Chelsea won their first match of the inaugural Guinness International Cup tournament after claiming victory over Inter Milan in Indianapolis.
Oscar, making his first appearance of the summer following his FIFA Confederations Cup exertions, scored the opening goal on 12 minutes, the Brazilian playmaker curling a superb shot into the top corner.
Chelsea doubled their lead on 29 minutes when Victor Moses was adjudged to have been fouled inside the area and Eden Hazard despatched the resulting penalty.
Skipper John Terry escaped injury when he was fouled by Hugo Campagnaro on 59 minutes, an incident that led to the defender receiving a red card.
"In pre-season you have players with a different state of fitness so you have to adapt to that," Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech told the club's website. "The second half was different because they had the guy sent off and we had players playing for the first time.
"When you come in, we had three weeks and most are much fitter than those who played for the first time. We're glad they got their first 30 or 45 minutes under their belts, we won again which is important and we had no injuries. This is massive."
Chelsea now take on AC Milan in New York on Sunday.
Manchester City were defeated in the final of the Audi Cup as Bayern Munich came from behind to secure victory at the Allianz Arena.
Manager Manuel Pellegrini made wholesale changes to the side that defeated AC Milan on Wednesday with Stevan Jovetic and Fernandinho the only survivors.
Bayern made the early running but City came back into it with Jovetic and Alvaro Negredo passing up chances to open the scoring. Negredo did put City ahead on the hour mark when he chased a long ball and guided it in off the post for his first goal for the club.
The home side were level six minutes later, however, when Thomas Muller converted from the penalty spot after Pablo Zabaleta had handled in the area, while Mario Mandzukic scored the winner for Bayern on 72 minutes with a close-range header.
City round-off their pre-season programme against Arsenal in Helsinki on 10 August.