By Will Willems
Lucas Oil Stadium is used to having plenty of blue in the stands during games.
But Thursday night, rather than seeing the familiar Colts’ jerseys being donned by spectators, it was the jerseys, flags and scarves of Chelsea, who took on Inter Milan in the Guinness International Champions Cup.
The event was the first ever soccer match held at the Colts’ stadium, which debuted in the fall of 2008.
While technically a neutral field for the match, which served as a quarterfinal for the 8-team tournament that featured teams from the United States, England, Spain and Italy, Chelsea fans far out-numbered their Italian counterparts, making it a pro-Chelsea crowd.
Those fans went home happy as Chelsea jumped out to an early lead and defeated Inter 2-0.
”It is nice to win, but the game we have to win is our English opener against Hull City,” Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho said. “Even in friendlies it is better to win than lose and finally we played against a good team. It was important to see the reaction (of the players).”
Les Blues jumped out in the 13th minute when Brazilian international Oscar perfectly placed a feed from Victor Moses past a diving Samir Handanovic.
”Oscar was only with us for five days because he was in the Confederations Cup,” Mourinho said. “He had a lot of good movement though and it was important to have in difficult situations. It was excellent to see him do in a match what we did in training.”
Sixteen minutes later, Chelsea struck again when Moses was taken down right on the edge of the penalty area.
Eden Hazard cooly placed the shot into the right side of the net for a 2-0 lead.
That lead was more than enough for Chelsea to hold on.
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