Friday, July 24, 2009

Chelsea defeats AC Milan 2-1 in Baltimore

In front of 71,000 strong at Baltimore's M&T Bank Stadium, Chelsea defeated AC Milan 2-1 in the World Football Challenge exhibition match. It was a remarkable showing of soccer, with some dazzling plays and great team play from both sides.

Chelsea scored first with a long range shot from Didier Drogba within seven minutes, but AC Milan equalized with a goal from Clarence Seedorf near the end of the first half. Coming out into the second half, Chelsea would score after two rebounds from Yuri Zhirkov. It would be the eventual game-winner.

But for fans in Baltimore and in America, this was about seeing some of the best in the world play. The World Football Challenge has given people in America a chance to see some great teams in person. Baltimore sent 71,000+ to see players like Ronaldinho, American Oguchi Onyewu (from Olney, Maryland), and others that they normally couldn't see in the MLS. The Champions League is the most popular league in the world, and firsthand Charm City got to see two of its big teams.

It looked like the crowd had more Chelsea fans than AC Milan, as a sea of blue shirts could be seen. But most appreciated the spectacle, and M&T Bank Stadium looked good on ESPN tonight.

(Photo credit: Getty Images)

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