International Champions Cup
Result: Chelsea 1-1 Inter Milan (Chelsea won 5-4 on penalies)
Date: 28 July 2018
Venue: Allianz Riviera
Chelsea overcame Serie A giants Inter Milan 5-4 on penalties in the International Champions Cup at the Allianz Riviera on Saturday evening.
Pedro grabbed the lead for the Blues as early as the eighth minute, tucking home from close range after Inter goalkeeper Samir Handanovic spilled Alvaro Morata’s strike into his path.
The Nerazzurri were disappointing in defence in the first quarter of an hour but Maurizio Sarri’s charges could not capitalise.
The two sides took a water break after 25 minutes with humid conditions in Nice reaching 36 degrees Celsius of air temperature.
Luciano Spalletti’s troops appeared fired up after the water break with midfielder Antonio Candreva particularly coming to life but they lacked precision in their goal attempts.
That proved to be the trend for the rest of the half, as the Premier League outfit went into break leading by one goal.
Four minutes into the second half, Roberto Gagliardini levelled matters for Inter four with a low strike at the far post after being setup by Mauro Icardi.
Spalletti’s men had the momentum towards the hour-mark and were oozing confidence. However, the flow of the match was interrupted by the plethora of changes from both sides.
It didn’t help matters that both teams went for a water break again 20 minutes before time.
Danny Drinkwater almost livened the clash up with a 30-yard screamer 15 minutes before time that skimmed the outside of the left post.
Jorginho almost restored the Blues' lead eight minutes before time with a powerful header at close range but shot-stopper Handanovic parried his effort over the bar.
Inter striker Lautaro Martinez almost sealed a late winner for the Italian outfit with a strike at close range but Willy Caballero made a great save and forced the clash into a shoot-out.
The Blues held their nerve and converted all five penalties, while Caballero saved Milan Skriniar's spot-kick to hand Chelsea the win.