Thursday 14 December 2017

Chelsea new boys Eden Hazard and Marko Marin shine in US pre-season friendly

Chelsea's Eden Hazard, right, breaks away from Seattle Sounders' Jeff Parke just before Hazard scored a goal in the first half
Chelsea's Eden Hazard, right, breaks away from Seattle Sounders' Jeff Parke just before Hazard scored a goal in the first half

CHELSEA new boys Eden Hazard and Marko Marin were both on target as the Blues began their pre-season tour of the United States with a 4-2 victory over the Seattle Sounders on Wednesday night.

Belgian teenager Romelu Lukaku led the line impressively at CenturyLink Field, opening the scoring in the third minute after being put through by Josh McEachran and grabbing another two minutes before half-time.



Hazard's deflected effort in the 10th minute put the European champions two goals up, before Fredy Montero's brace - the first of which came following a misplaced McEachran pass - got the Sounders back on level terms.



However, Marin marked his debut with a fine strike to put Roberto di Matteo's side ahead again in the 39th minute and Lukaku rounded off an entertaining first half with a fourth goal four minutes later.



Di Matteo made seven changes at the interval, including the introduction of Kevin De Bruyne, but there were no further goals.



Chelsea now head to New York to face Paris St Germain - coached by former Blues boss Carlo Ancelotti - on Sunday in what will be the first football match at the new Yankee Stadium.

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