Did You See That?

July 25, 2009|By Ken Murray

Highlights of Friday's soccer exhibition, in which Chelsea FC posted a 2-1 victory over AC Milan at M&T Bank Stadium:

* Moments after Chelsea's Didier Drogba missed a header in front of the Milan goal, he launched a 90-footer from the right side that scored past a flailing Zeljko Kalac in the seventh minute.

* AC Milan's Ronaldinho was held in check in the early going, but he still delivered the most exciting play of the first half, and it wasn't even a score. After Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech went to the ground to deflect a strong shot from Andrea Pirlo, Ronaldinho sent the carom back in with a bicycle kick. It likely would have gone in had it not struck Marco Boriello on the back of the left shoulder.

* Kalac came far out of goal to chase down Nicolas Anelka after a long lead from John Terry. Kalac took Anelka to the ground, then had to retreat to the net before Milan was able to control the ball.

* Milan's Clarence Seedorf bounced a shot off the crossbar in the 29th minute but found the net in the 38th minute with a 20-foot shot set up on a touch pass by Ronaldinho. That tied the score at 1.

* Ronaldinho had another near-miss after Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovich picked up a yellow card for running down Alexandre Pato. From 29 feet away, Ronaldinho's ensuing kick ricocheted off the crossbar.

* Chelsea took a 2-1 lead in the 69th minute in a brilliant flurry of rapid-fire shots. Andriy Shevchenko, just into the game, took the first and Kalac made a nifty stop. There was a second shot and then a third - by Yuri Zhirkov, playing in his first game for Chelsea - ripped into the net.

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