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Inter Milan win over Chelsea eclipsed by Kondogbia’s sublime own goal

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Inter Milan win over Chelsea eclipsed by Kondogbia’s sublime own goal

Inter Milan win over Chelsea eclipsed by Kondogbia’s sublime own goal

ROSLAN RAHMAN

AFP

Geoffrey Kondogbia entered the annals of sporting infamy with a remarkable own goal in the 2-1 friendly win over Chelsea in Singapore.

Inter Milan's Geoffrey Kondogbia entered the annals of sporting infamy with a quite stunning own goal but Italians managed to hold on to beat Chelsea 2-1 in Singapore, condemning Antonio Conte's charges to their second straight pre-season defeat.

Two-goal lead whittled down by Kondogbia stunner

Inter led by two goals from Ivan Perišić and Stevan Jovetić, before what was supposed to be a routine backpass from substitute Kondogbia looped high over his own goalkeeper and nestled into the top corner of the net from a full 40 yards out, leaving the 32,000-strong crowd in amazement.

The Frenchman's embarrassing mishap overshadowed what had otherwise been an impressive performance by Inter, and in particular Manchester United target Perišić. The Croatian winger played a central role in the game and scored the Serie A side's second goal in the 53rd minute, latching on to a pass from Jovetić before applying a smart finish.

Stevan Jovetic opens

Courtois forced into action

Inter dominated the early stages. In the first few minutes a defence-splitting Milan Skriniar pass found Antonio Candreva who forced Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois into a fingertip save.

With the game going a bit flat, the English champions grew into their own. Big-money signing Álvaro Morata was subdued on his first start since moving from Real Madrid and it was Willian who had Chelsea's first real chance with a deflected effort in the 27th minute, before David Luiz fizzed a free-kick over.

Inter take the lead

Inter found the breakthrough in the third minute of first-half stoppage time. A clipped through ball from Borja Valero was chested down by Jovetić, who went down easily under a César Azpilicueta challenge, and was awarded a penalty. Jovetić's first effort was saved but the striker slotted home the rebound.

After Perišić 's second, Inter nearly made it 3-0 as he squared to substitute João Mário, only for the midfielder to shoot straight at Courtois. Kondogbia's unfortunate intervention set up a nervy finish but Chelsea were unable to force the leveller. It was a second defeat on the trot for Chelsea after losing 3-2 to Bayern Munich in Singapore.

 

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