INTERNATIONALS: OSCAR, SALAH AND BAKER ON TARGET

Mar 06, 2014 Posted Under: News

It was a busy night of international football, with Chelsea well represented across all age groups and three of our players hitting the target.

In his first game for Egypt since moving to Stamford Bridge, Mohamed Salah scored their second goal in a 2-0 win against Bosnia in Austria. Egypt had taken the lead seven minutes into the second half, and Salah made sure of the victory when he doubled their advantage in the 64th minute.

Eden Hazard came off the bench as Belgium and Ivory Coast drew 2-2 in an entertaining friendly. Belgium had led 2-0 before Didier Drogba pulled a goal back for the away side with 16 minutes left to play, and their comeback was complete when Max-Alain Gradel equalised with a left-footed drive in the 92nd minute.

Hazard played the final 28 minutes after replacing Everton’s Kevin Mirallas, while Romelu Lukaku, only recently back from injury, also entered the action late in the game, coming on for Christian Benteke in the 73rd minute.

Belgium goalkeeper, Thibaut Courtois, on loan at Atletico Madrid from Chelsea, played the full game, while there were former Blues on show in the shape of Salomon Kalou and Kevin De Bruyne.

All four of our Brazilians played a part as Luiz Felipe Scolari’s side warmed up for the World Cup finals with a 5-0 friendly win in South Africa.

Neymar was the star of the show in Johannesburg, scoring a hat-trick for the visitors, but it was Oscar who opened the scoring inside 10 minutes, latching on to a clever Hulk pass and lifting the ball over the advancing goalkeeper.

The Barcelona attacker scored either side of the break to extend their lead, before Fernandinho added a fourth 11 minutes from time. Neymar ensured he would be walking away with the match ball when he scored his third in added time.

Of the four Chelsea players in the squad, Oscar and David Luiz started the game, but in a move that will have pleased Jose Mourinho, the goalscorer was replaced by Ramires at half-time, with Willian also introduced at the expense of Hulk.

David Luiz’s evening was brought to a conclusion after 63 minutes when he was replaced by Dante.

Ashley Cole and Gary Cahill started for England as they beat Denmark 1-0 at Wembley courtesy of a late Daniel Sturridge header.

Cole supplied a teasing cross in the first half from which Raheem Sterling almost profited, before being replaced by Southampton’s Luke Shaw at the break. Frank Lampard was an unused substitute.

Both Branislav Ivanovic and Nemanja Matic completed the full game as Serbia came from behind to beat Republic of Ireland 2-1 in Dublin.

Miralem Sulejmani saw an angled drive blocked late in the game after being released by an intelligent Matic pass, while Ivanovic went close with a first-half header.

Andre Schurrle, fresh from his hat-trick at Craven Cottage, was a second-half substitute as Germany beat Chile 1-0 courtesy of Mario Gotze’s early strike. The Chelsea winger was introduced at the expense of Miroslav Klose.

Czech Republic conceded a late equaliser as they were held to a 2-2 draw at home to Norway. The hosts, for whom Petr Cech played the full 90 minutes, had led twice, and looked on course for victory until an 88th-minute leveller was scored by Morten-Gamst Pedersen.

Christian Atsu played all but the last 14 minutes as Ghana were beaten 1-0 by Montenegro.

Nathaniel Chalobah, currently on loan at Middlesbrough from Stamford Bridge, started for England Under-21s as they strengthened their grip on European Championship qualifying Group 1 with a 1-0 win over Wales at Derby County’s iPro Stadium.

Chalobah partnered Everton’s John Stones at the back as Nathan Redmond’s second-half goal proved decisive, with England three points clear at the top of the group and yet to taste defeat from their opening six matches.

Calobah was replaced by Liam Moore with 16 minutes remaining.

Lewis Baker, meanwhile, was on target as England Under-19s beat Turkey 3-0 in Chester. Mitchell Beeney, Ola Aina and John Swift made up the Chelsea contingent in Noel Blake’s starting line-up, with Swift, playing in an advanced midfield role, the outstanding performer on the night.

Baker, who captained England in the second half, scored their second goal from the penalty spot. They now head into the Elite Qualifying Round for the European Championships in fine form.

Andreas Christensen will seldom enjoy a more comfortable evening having played the full 90 minutes as Denmark beat Estonia 8-0 in their Under-21 European Championships’ qualification match. The Danes currently lead Russia by a point at the top of Group 2.

Elsewhere, Charly Musonda played the second half for Belgium Under-19s last night in their 3-1 win over Austria.

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