It was a fantastic match for a first ever game of football in New York's Yankee Stadium between PSG and Chelsea, as part of the World football Challenge. Both teams are currently in pre-season training in North America and in front of a vocal crowd of 38,202 spectators, Paris made a great impression against the 2012 Champions League winners. From the outset, it was the French side that dictated the tempo of the match...
With just three minutes on the clock, Lavezzi saw his shot saved by CFC 'keeper Cech. The Argentine was then harshly booked for a dive in the Chelsea penalty box (8'). Next to shine was Nene, who took advantage of more good work from the lively Lavezzi, but failed to hit the target. While the first was a range-finder, the Brazilian's second effort opened the scoring. After great work from Pastore, who eliminated three defenders, Nene scored between the legs of David Luiz to give PSG the lead (1-0, 30').
PSG were deservedly in front. At half-time, both coaches made a host of changes with essentially two new teams taking the field for the second 45 minutes. A first effort from Ivanovic (57'), quickly followed by Hazard (57') saw the match evened up as a contest. Far from overwhelmed by his first outing with Les Rouge et Bleu against London's 'Blues', Verratti set up Hoarau, but the big striker's header flew wide (69').
While the Mexican wave rippled around Yankee Stadium, Piazon took advantage of good work from Ramires to beat Areola (1-1, 82'). Both sides had the chance to win it, but neither Malouda (85'), nor Hoarau (87') could get the decisive touch. A final Pastore shot, played in by Rabiot, forced Turnbull into a last flying save (91'). The game ended in a draw, but PSG showed they can already match it with Europe's best. This new season is looking more and more promising!