Chelsea on high note in U.S. tour

Chelsea finished off their U.S. tour with a victory over Barcelona in Washington.

Jose Mourinho’s men overcame the La liga champions, Barcelona in penalty shoot-out after a 2-2 draw.
The encounter between the two great rivals of the sport was expected to have a nail-biting finish and that’s what happened in front of nearly 80,000 fans in the United States capital.

Eden Hazard scored a spectacular goal with a fine solo effort in an entertaining first half and Chelsea was flying high after just 10 minutes into the play.

The Champions League title holders Barcelona stepped up in the second period and scored two goals in the first 20 minutes of second half. Luis Suarez scored the equalizer for Barcelona in the 52nd minute of the match.

About 15 minutes later, Sandro Ramirez gave Barca the lead 2-1 when he curled a superb shot into the top corner past Chelsea goalkeeper Thiabut Courtois.

The match almost slipped out of the reach of the Blues but Gary Cahill’s late header pulled it back just when the Blues looked to have ran out of creativity.

It was a fair result after the energetic and intense play of 90 minutes. Chelsea dominated the first half of the game creating a number of key goal chances but Barcelona had much of the possession and created more opportunities in the latter half.

Radamel Falcao, Victor Moses, Ramires Santos, and Loic Remy made no mistake to put Chelsea cross the finish line during the penalty shoot-out. Barca players had terrible outing as Alen Halilovic chipped onto the crossbar before Gerard Pique’s penalty was saved by Courtois.

Chelsea won the penalty shootout without sweat and also their second spot kicks win in row. IMAGE/theguardian

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