Stevan Jovetic and Ivan Perisic cemented their Inter status after scoring in a 2-1 victory over Antonio Conte’s Chelsea, but Geoffrey Kondogbia scored an amazing own goal.
The Nerazzurri continued their impressive International Champions Cup campaign after beating Bayern Munich 2-0 this week with an Eder brace. This result means they have won the International Champions Cup Singapore section.
Luciano Spalletti surprisingly used Jovetic as a False 9 during reports he’s heading for Sevilla or Lazio following a six-month spell in Spain.
Conte will have to work on Chelsea’s defending, as they were repeatedly caught out on the counter and the offside trap failed within 120 seconds, Thibaut Courtois performing a fine save on Antonio Candreva.
Daniele Padelli risked a repeat of his infamous own goal for Torino, caught out by a Milan Skriniar back-pass, but on the stroke of half-time Inter took the lead.
They were awarded a frankly dubious penalty for a Cesar Azpilicueta push on Jovetic, who saw his penalty parried, but turned in the rebound.
Jo-Jo celebrated by slapping his chest and pointing, implying he was staying at Inter this season.
Perisic was the one to watch after Spalletti declared he would oppose a sale to Manchester United and the Croatian took centre-stage in the second half.
Jovetic had a goal ruled offside and Michy Batshuayi failed to make the most of a Candreva error, but Perisic doubled Inter’s lead with a classic counter-attack, his angled drive set up by Jovetic.
Ex-Roma defender Antonio Rudiger made his Chelsea debut, but Inter should’ve been 3-0 up by 61 minutes with another counter, Perisic rolling across to lay it on a plate for Joao Mario, the finish too weak to beat Courtois.
Chelsea were given a way back into the game thanks to probably the most extraordinary own goal you will ever see. Kondogbia was under pressure from 40 yards out and decided to curl it all the way back into the top corner of his own net, leaving Padelli stranded.
It gave Conte’s men more confidence and Charly Musonda tested Padelli with a couple of shots, while Batshuayi had the ball in the net after being incorrectly flagged offside.
Chelsea 1-2 Inter
Jovetic 44 (I), Perisic 53 (I), Kondogbia og 74 (C)
Chelsea: Courtois; Azpilicueta (Pasalic 88), David Luiz, Cahill (Remy 88); Moses (Clarke-Salter 88), Kante (Scott 88), Fabregas, Alonso (Rudiger 54); Willian (Musonda 65), Batshuayi (Tomori 88), Morata (Boga 65)
Inter: Padelli; D'Ambrosio (Ranocchia 91), Skriniar, Miranda (Murillo 71), Nagatomo (Ansaldi 71); Borja Valero (Valietti 78), Gagliardini; Candreva (Kondogbia 58), Brozovic (Eder 71), Perisic (Gabriel Barbosa 71); Jovetic (Joao Mario 58)
Saved pen: Jovetic 44 (I)
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