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Chelsea tie PSG in Soccer match

Jul 27, 2012, 2:51 PM | Article By: Lamin Drammeh in the USA.

Chelsea wonder-kid Lucas Piazon struck a late equaliser to help the West Londoners tie big summer spending Paris-Saint-Germain to a 1-1 draw in the world football 2012 challenge at the new Yankee Stadium in the United States of America on Sunday night, Pointsports can confirm.

 The young forward netted in the 82nd minute to cancel out Nene’s opener before a capacity crowd of 38,202 fans that include this reporter who was also in attendance to report the match at the magnificent new Yankee Stadium.

 The game between the two big spending forces in European football was the first high profile Soccer exhibition match since the establishment of the new Yankee Stadium reportedly valued at 1.5 billion US dollars.

Nene scored in the 30th minute for PSG, who controlled the better part of an action-packed game forcing the European champions to chase their shadows throughout the encounter.

John Terry was given a standing ovation by noisy Blues supporters when he was introduced in the 63rd minute. It was Terry’s first pre-season game for the West London outfit since he was acquitted July 13 in

London Court
amidst charges of racially abusing Queens Park Rangers defender Anton Ferdinand during a Premier League game last year.

It was also PSG coach Carlo Ancelotti’s first game to face up his former employers Chelsea that sacked him as manager in May of last year.

PSG’s goal came after Javier Pastore dribbled pass Chelsea defender Cahill and sent a low shot that hit the goal post before the rebound met Nene, who hammered home from a close range distance to give PSG massive advantage.

David Luiz was effective in the opening minutes of the game but his involvement in Chelsea conceding that goal contributed in his early substitution. Luiz was eventually replaced by Ivanovic while Ashley Cole, Michael Essien and Florent Malouda all played their part after coming on as second-half substitutes in places of Frank Lampard, Mikel Obi and Lukaku.

Chelsea with three premier league titles in nine years was rather wasteful in the first half of its second preseason match but gained energy in the second half following the entry of Ashley Cole, Michael Essien and Florent Malouda, among others.

Fernando Torres, Juan Mata, Raul Meireles and Daniel Sturridge were all missing from the Chelsea side that are expected to resume their preseason tour to the United States with another game against Major League Soccer all-Stars on Wednesday at Chester, Pa.

The Blues will later proceed to Miami and play AC Milan on Saturday and then another tie at Brighton in early August. Chelsea are using the tour to the US in preparation for the new season. They face huge challenges of finishing the premier league campaign on a high following last year’s disappointing sixth place finish as well as retaining the European crown.

The Blues that released few players including striker Didier Drogba and fellow countryman Solomon Kalou at the end of their contracts will begin the premier league competition with a Community Shield match against new premier league champion Manchester City on August 11.

While Pari-Saint-Germain that has joined the wealthiest clubs with huge new summer signings of Ezequiel Lavezzi, Thaigo Silva and Zlatan Ibrahimovic is also at D.C. United on Saturday and hosts Barcelona on August 4th as it prepares for the French Ligue 1 opener against Lorient on Aug. 11

Yankee Stadium is also expected to host another high-profile match featuring AC Milan and the Spanish champion Real Madrid on August 8. Details of that tie will also be available to you as Pointsport continues its preseason coverage in the United States.