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POSITIVE SIGNS AGAINST CHELSEA


Milan put in an improved performance against English side in New Jersey

NEW JERSEY - Milan put in a good performance despite losing 2-0 to Chelsea in the semi-final of the Guinness International Champions Cup at the Metlife Stadium in New Jersey. 

The only goal of the first half came on 29 minutes from De Bruyne. Milan went close to scoring when Muntari played the ball across the face of the goal only for Cech to push it away but Ivanovic cleared at the back post just ahead of the arriving Balotelli. 

Shurrie scored the second goal late on but in between there were positive signs that the team is finding its fitness and with that its form. Kevin Prince Boateng came close to equalising 20 minutes from the end and Nocerino was unfortunate with a header following good work from Niang along the flank.

Massimiliano Allegri will be pleased with the way his side chased the game especially in the final 10 minutes when they laid seige to the Chelsea goal.

Milan will now play LA Galaxy on August 7 in Miami.

Milan: Abbiati; Antonini (Zaccardo 45'), Zapata (Poli 69'), Silvestre (Pacifico 76'), Emanuelson (Constant 69'); Montolivo (Nocerino 57'), De Jong (Cristante 76'), Muntari; Boateng (Kingsley Boateng 76'); El Shaarawy (Niang 57'), Balotelli (Petagna 45'). A disposizione: Amelia, Gabriel, Iotti, Pinato, Traorè.

Chelsea: Cech (Schwarzer 45'); Bertrand (Terry 45'), Ivanovic, Cahill, Azpilicueta (Cole 45'); De Bruyne (Moses 45'), Essien (Ramires 45'), Van Ginkel (Mikel 66'), Hazard (Shurrle 69'); Oscar (Mata 45'), Demba Ba (Torres 45' (Lukaku 86')). A disposizione: Lukaku, Shurrle.

Goalscorers: De Bruyne 29', Shurrle 91'.

Yellow cards: Ivanovic, Antonini, Silvestre

Referee: Jose Carlos Rivera.

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