Jose Mourinho continued his winning start to life back at Chelsea after his side secured a comfortable victory over Italian side Inter Milan but there was an injury scare for captain John Terry after he was the victim of a horror tackle from defender Hugo Campagnaro.
New Inter signing Campagnaro was shown a straight red card in the 58th minute for a reckless challenge on Blues captain John Terry, with his right foot going over the ball and landing firmly on the former England skipper’s left ankle as he fell to the ground.
Terry was left in a heap on the floor and Elfath had no hesitations in sending off Campagnaro, pulling out the red card before the Argentine had even turned around.
A brief flare-up ensued following the sending off which involved Ashley Cole and Ricky Alvarez, but nothing came of it and Terry was able to complete the full 90 minutes, with the centre-back jumping to his feet once the pushing and shoving had started.
Terry is likely to start more often this season under Mourinho than he did under his former boss Rafa Benitez, despite the Portuguese manager's words that the 32-year-old will not be an immediate name on the team-sheet. Mourinho famously had his 'Untouchables' during his last spell as Chelsea boss of which Terry featured along with Frank Lampard, Didier Drogba and a number of other key players in his squad.
The Blues manager gave playing time to all 20 members of his squad at the Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis as part of the International Champions Cup against the team he won a famous treble with back in 2010.
Brazilian midfielder Oscar opened the scoring in the 13th minute with a lovely curling shot after a powerful run from Victor Moses penetrated the heart of the Inter defence.
They had goalkeeper Petr Cech to thank after he kept out a deflected Rodrigo Palacio shot midway through the first half before Chelsea doubled their lead just before the half hour mark.
Nigerian winger Moses was involved yet again, and another jinking run towards the area saw Alvaro Pereira bring him down on the edge of the area, but referee Ismail Elfath awarded a penalty despite the initial contact happening outside the box.
Attacking midfielder Eden Hazard had no trouble converting from the spot after he sent goalkeeper Samir Handanovic the wrong way, but the controversy did not end their despite both teams failing to add to the scoreline.
Both Fernando Torres and Demba Ba were introduced in the second half and had efforts on goal, but Nerazzurri substitute keeper Juan Pablo Carrizo did well to keep them out, and they didn't do anything to suggest that Mourinho needs not to worry about bringing in Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney, with a reported £40m in the pipeline for the England striker.
The victory gives Mourinho four pre-season wins out of four, and sets-up a semi-final clash with Inter’s fierce rivals AC Milan on Sunday, with the winner going on to meet either Everton of Real Madrid who will contest the other semi-final.
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