Malaysia XI vs Chelsea

I am not sure how many of you were excited about football and how much Malaysia has progressed.
When I went to Stadium Shah Alam, I must first said the fans have been fantastic. I think despite the fact that there are many Chelsea fans, the Malaysians still cheer for their own country in the game.
The Blues handed goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer a debut with trialist Bertrand Traore also starting alongside new signings Marco van Ginkel and Kevin de Bruyne.
Jose Mourinho’s men dominated the match from the kick-off and took just about five to six minutes to open the scoring in Kuala Lumpur.


De Bruyne burst down the right saw before cutting the ball back for Traore who fired back across goal for the opener. It was unbelievable....the Malaysian defenders looked so messy and unsure of what to do at that time. Either Chelsea were damn good or there is still a long way to go for our football progress.

Belgium international De Bruyne then opened his account for the Blues with a fine strike to double the visitors' lead. A long ball was flicked on by Lukaku for his countryman to smash home on the volley. Unfortunately for the midfielder, he injured his ankle in the process and played no further part in the game.

After that, there were some moments when the Malaysian players seem to be doing their utmost best to go through Chelsea's defence. One thing was sure....the physical advantage of Chelsea players give them an edge when the ball is on the air. Some of the Harimau Malaya players were good, but most of the combination did not last long enough for them to form an attack that can threatened the Blues. With the disadvantage on their physical strength, the lack of precision in passing, the inability to outrun Chelsea's players in terms of pace and stamina, there was not much that coach Rajagorpal could think of that could overcome the unavoidable defeat. And when there were any chance, Chelsea goalkeeper, Mark Schwarzer was firm and strong to keep the ball out. Impressive play for the player, although in reality, there weren't too much that he had to deal with.
I was also surprised when there was a break at about every 25 minutes. Apparently it was for the players to drink water and all. Is this even allowed in football? Well, I'm not so sure. Probably it was just a friendly and there weren't any waters at the side of the field for the players to drink.
Anyway the chances continued to come for the Blues, with Traore and Lukaku both looking impressive before the duo combined smartly to add a third right on half-time.
At times, I was wondering if the referee should just stop the game and let everyone go home. Spare us the embarrassment. Anyway, in the second half, we were better. Nine changes were made in the Blues' side with only Hazard and Van Ginkel remaining from the starting line up.
Hazard almost added a fourth just before the hour mark. Victor Moses set up the Belgian with a superb cross but he could only head wide from near the penalty spot.

Perhaps unsurprisingly the pace dropped in the second half, as the humidity took its toll and the Blues made further changes, sending on Lucas Piazon and Josh McEachran.

Malaysia, meanwhile, threatened only on occasion, helped in the second half by a couple of fumbles by Petr Cech, which, fortunately for the Blues, went unpunished.



Demba Ba was the next to go close - a jinking run down the left saw the striker work a shooting opportunity but he could only fire straight at the goalkeeper at his near post.

As the game started to peter out there was still time for more goals, with Moses adding a fourth with just minutes left to play.

The winger made a strong run down the left, before checking back and firing past goalkeeper Farizal, who got a hand to the ball but could not keep it out.

However, Malaysia finally gave their supporters something to cheer about in stoppage time. A free kick fired into the penalty area was not clearly fully by Cech, allowing Shas to head in a consolation from close range.

The hosts almost grabbed a second with the last attack of the game, denied only by a brilliant clearance from Ashley Cole from his own goalline after Cech was beaten.

It was a rather bad performance for Cech and he must buck up if he were to ensure that Mourinho will still take him as the first choice goalkeeper for Chelsea.

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