By James Agberebi:
Super Eagles forward Victor Moses featured for Premier League champions Chelsea who ended their final game of their Asia tour on a losing note as they were beaten 2-1 by Serie A giants Inter Milan in the International Champions Cup in Singapore on Saturday, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.
Moses who was in the starting 11 was substituted in the 89th minute while Nigerian-born England 2017 U-20 FIFA World Cup winner, Fikayo Tomori, came on late in the game.
A goal in each half from Serbian striker Stevan Jovetic and Croatia’s Ivan Perisic, put Inter 2-0 up before an unbelievable own goal by French midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia from about 40 yards reduced the deficit for Chelsea.
It was back-to-back defeats for Chelsea who had earlier lost 3-2 to Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich in the ICC on Tuesday. Saturday’s defeat was also a party spoiler as the match was used to launch Chelsea’s new Nike away kit.
Inter had the first chance of the game early on but Thibaut Courtois made a save before Gary Cahill blocked a follow-up effort.
In the sixth minute Inter went close again through Roberto Gagliardini who blazed his chance wide.
Minutes later N’Golo Kante saw his shot blocked after good play from Marcos Alonso and new signing Alvaro Morata.
Chelsea continued to press forward and created another chance, this time through Willian whose deflected shot inside the area went just over the bar after David Luiz’s initial header was half cleared.
Inter eventually broke the deadlock three minutes into first time added time as Jovetic put a away his penalty rebound after Courtois had saved his first effort.
In the first five minutes of the second half, Jovetic thought he had doubled Inter’s lead but his effort was flagged off for offside.
Few minutes later the impressive Moses drew a flying save from Inter’s keeper Daniele Padelli.
In the 53rd minute, Inter went 2-0 up thanks to Manchester United target Perisic’s smart angled-finish.
Joao Mario should have extended Inter’s lead in the 61st minute only to see his goal-bound strike come off Courtois’ legs.
In the 74th minute Kondogbia’s attempted back pass from 40 yards looped over Inter’s keeper Padelli and ended at the back of the net to make it 2-1.
With time fast running out, Michy Batshuayi thought he had restored parity for Chelsea but his goal was disallowed for offside.
And in added time, Germany defender Antonio Rudiger, who was making his Chelsea debut, had two chances to draw Chelsea level but narrowly missed.
Chelsea’s next game is the Community Shield against London rivals Arsenal at Wembley Stadium on Sunday, August 6.