Goals from Oscar and Eden Hazard handed Chelsea a 2-0 victory over Inter Milan in the sides’ opening fixture in the 2013 Guinness International Champions Cup play at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.
Chelsea’s comfort in the win was notable but it was the studs-up pounce that John Terry took from Inter’s Hugo Campagnaro that stole the headlines. The tackle resulted in Terry wailing in pain, Campangnaro receiving a straight red and Inter lacking the energy to overturn a two goal deficit.
The match opened with Inter looking the more likely to score as Columbian midfielder Fredy Guarin smashed a volley just wide of the post.
The effort snapped the Blues into the match and three minutes later Chelsea took the lead as Victor Moses lead a quintessential Jose Mourinho counter-attack before dumping off for Oscar, who curled a beautiful shot into the top corner from 20 yards out.
In the 20th minute Inter nearly leveled when Rodrigo Palacio let fly from long range but Petr Cech parried.
Seven minutes later the Blues doubled their lead as Romelu Lukaku’s backheal found a streaking Moses, who was taken down and awarded a penalty. The foul was arguably outside the box but Hazard cared not, calmly dispatching his penalty into the bottom corner.
After the break Mourinho introduced some fresh legs that gave the Blues more energy. Lukaku, who worked hard all night, nearly gave Chelsea a 3-0 lead but his cracker careened off the post, denying the Belgian a spot on the score sheet.
Minutes later, Campagnaro’s tackle left Inter down to ten men and took the air out of the match, much to the chagrin of the 41,983 who turned up to see the first ever soccer match at the home of the Indianapolis Colts.
With the victory, Chelsea move on to face AC Milan at MetLife Stadium in New York on Sunday and Inter face Valencia at the same venue earlier in the day.