Mikel, Moses Go Down With Chelsea

By Izuchukwu Okosi:

Super Eagles pair Victor Moses and Mikel Obi were in action on Thursday morning as Chelsea lost their first pre-season matcb 4-2 to New York Red Bulls in New York.

Moses however put in a commendable display despite the embarrassing defeat to the largely second string Red Bulls side, completesportsnigeria.com reports.

Moses who had words of praises from manager Jose Mourinho had Chelsea’s first chance in the fifth minute with a run down the left side, working his way into the box, but his low shot was kicked away by Kyle Reynish. 

French striker Loic Remy scored Chelsea’s first goal in the 26th minute of the game with an assist by Oscar.

Moses went close to scoring for the Blues four minutes later, chipping Reynish as he came out of position to the right of goal, but his shot hit the post and was cleared from danger.

In the 41st minute, Remy missed the chance to score a second goal after Moses’ cross put him in front of Reynish’s goal but the former Marseille forward  sent his volley over the goal. 

Moses and Mikel both started the match and were replaced at the start of the second half when Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho made several substitutions.

Goals from Sean Davis (two), Franklin Castellanos and 16-year-old Tyler Adams gave the team with only four players with any MLS experience a surprise win over the 2012 European champions and five-time English league winners.

Eden Hazard scored Chelsea’s other goal.

Nigerian-born Briton, 18-year-old Olaoluwa Aina was introduced in the second half by Mourinho for Chelsea but he also made way in the 73rd minute for another English born talent with Nigerian roots, Dominic Solanke.

Chelsea’s next pre-season game is against PSG on Saturday.

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