Jovetic stars before Kondogbia's weird own goal
- Author: Tabitha Byrd Jul 30, 2017,
Jul 30, 2017, 0:55
A deflected Willian effort narrowly cleared the crossbar after 27 minutes and, with Chelsea piling on the pressure, Padelli nearly controlled a back-pass into his own net.
The Premier League champions were blown away by a first-half blast from Bayern Munich on Tuesday and, while Chelsea finished strongly against Inter Milan, there were further moments of defensive disarray, in addition to Stefan Jovetic and Ivan Perisic's strikes either side of the break.
Perisic scored after a beauty of a run but then a stunning own goal by Kondogbia gave Chelsea the hope in the final 15 minutes but it was not enough to get them a draw.
Chelsea had the better chances in the first half with Alvaro Morata, Batshuayi missing good chances in the first 10 minutes of the game.
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"However, we have been playing a lot of games so close to each other, around five in a couple of weeks, and the last of them was just two days ago".
Chelsea will now play Arsenal in the Community Shield on August 6.
Inter should have opened the scoring in the second minute but Antonio Candreva delayed his shot and Courtois saved the winger's deflected effort well.
It overshadowed what had otherwise been an impressive performance by Inter, and in particular Manchester United target Perisic. Will we see him lining up against Chelsea in the Premier League next season?
With Chelsea 2-0 down and seemingly out of the contest, the Frenchman threw the English side a lifeline in the most freaky fashion, lobbing his own goalkeeper Daniele Padelli from all of 40 yards with a miscued back-pass.