Victory Escapes Melbourne's Grasp
11th July 2015 -- Friendly -- Melbourne Cricket Ground
Melbourne Victory 1-2 Chelsea
K.Barbarouses (33), Bertrand Traore (41), John Terry (45)
Man of the Match
EDEN HAZARD (CHELSEA)
It wasn't pretty but Chelsea managed to get a 2-1 win over A-League opponents Melbourne Victory in their first match for 2015/16. The Blues dominated large swathes of the game but to the credit of the Victory, they held strong against an admittedly weaker Chelsea team that still included Eden Hazard and John Terry.
Melbourne Victory stunned a dreary Chelsea who were perhaps not fully into the game, with Kosta Barbarouses punishing Azpilicueta with a decisive run into the box and solid finish.
It didn't take long, however, for Chelsea to equalise, with Bertrand Traore finding time and space at the far post thanks to some good vision from new right back Mayke.
John Terry then scored what proved to be the decisive goal, from a great delivery from Eden Hazard, and gave the Blues a 2-1 lead at the brink of half time that they maintained to the end of the game.