Fabregas Sent Off But Chelsea Defeat Liverpool In LA Chelsea had Cesc Fabregas sent off as th...
Fabregas Sent Off But Chelsea Defeat Liverpool In LA
Chelsea had Cesc Fabregas sent off as they beat Liverpool 1-0 in their International Champions Cup clash in Los Angeles.
The midfielder was dismissed with 20 minutes remaining at the Rose Bowl Stadium for a late challenge on the Reds’ new signing Ragnar Klavan.
Nigerian duo Ola Aina and Victor Moses started for the Blues with the former completing the whole 90 minutes duration.
Gary Cahill got the only goal of the game in the 10th minute, heading in a Fabregas corner.
The England defender was also booked in the clash of the Premier League rivals, with Liverpool’s Alberto Moreno, Ovie Ejaria, Marko Grujic, Dejan Lovren and Kevin Stewart also receiving yellow cards.
As well as Kavlan, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp gave starts to fellow recent arrivals Sadio Mane and Loris Karius in a match which was watched by more than 53,000 in California.
The closest his team came to a goal was in the 35th minute, when Roberto Firmino’s effort was ruled out for offside.
The International Champions Cup is an exhibition tournament involving 17 clubs playing on four different continents, all tuning up for their league seasons.
Nigerian Striker Freddie Ladapo Scores In Palace’s Win
Connor Wickham, Yannick Bolasie and Freddie Ladapo were all on the scoresheet as Crystal Palace beat AFC Wimbledon 3-2 in a pre-season friendly at Kingsmeadow on Wednesday.
|Ladapo (left) and Bolasie|
Just two minutes on, Wickham headed home superbly from a cross supplied by former Tottenham Hotspur left back, Zeki Fryers in the 28th minute.
Palace's concentration seemed to dip after they broke the deadlock, though, and Taylor finished from close range, after fine work from Dean Parrett, to equalise 10 minutes later.
Fraizer Campbell was then injured three minutes after the break at the officially-named 'The Cherry Red Records Stadium' and replaced by 23-year-old Nigerian hitman Ladapo.
The positional change paid dividends as Democratic Republic of the Congo star Bolasie prodded home, after drifting into the box, following good work from Ladapo in the 67th minute.
It was then Ladapo's turn to get in on the act as the man who enjoyed a prolific season at Margate last term guided an Alex Wynter cross home with his head in the 76th minute.
Ayew and Barrow Star In Swansea’s Rout
Swansea continued their unbeaten record in pre-season as goals from Andre Ayew, Jay Fulton and Modou Barrow gave their side a 3-0 victory against Swindon on Wednesday evening.
After a very evenly contested first half, the Swans took the lead through Ayew's neat finish, following Barrow's incisive run and cut back on the right hand side.
It took just four minutes for the away side to double their lead, with Barrow again the provider as 22-year-old centre back Fulton looped his header perfectly over Swindon 'keeper Vigouroux.
Capping off a Man of the Match performance, Gambia winger Barrow capped off the scoring after racing onto Jefferson Montero's excellent through ball before slotting the ball home.