x Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 22 January 2018

Chelsea secure pre-season draw against Paris St Germain

Roberto Di Matteo's side came back from a goal down against a strong PSG team to earn a 1-1 draw in New York.

Gael Kakuta and John Mikel Obi provide stiff resistance to PSG's Nene
Gael Kakuta and John Mikel Obi provide stiff resistance to PSG's Nene

NEW YORK, USA // Lucas Piazon's first goal for Chelsea's senior side earned the European champions a 1-1 draw against Carlo Ancelotti's Paris St Germain in their pre-season friendly at New York's Yankee Stadium on Sunday night.

PSG, playing their third warm-up game ahead of the new campaign, did not select new signing Zlatan Ibrahimovic but nevertheless fielded a strong attacking line-up and provided a stern test for the Blues.

The Ligue 1 runners-up had the better of the first half and took the lead in the 29th minute, Nene scoring from the rebound after Javier Pastore had wriggled between Gary Cahill and Gael Kakuta and struck his shot against the post.

England defenders John Terry and Ashley Cole were introduced for the final half-hour - their first pre-season action.

The equaliser arrived eight minutes from the end, 18-year-old Piazon combining with fellow Brazilian Ramires before coolly slotting into the bottom corner.

Chelsea, who opened their United States tour with a 4-2 win over the Seattle Sounders on Wednesday night, next head to Philadelphia to prepare for Wednesday's game against the MLS All-Stars at PPL Park.


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