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Chelsea FC vs. Inter Milan [Live Updates]

July 21, 2009 |  9:06 pm

Chelsea Coach Carlo Ancelotti (above) discusses forward Didier Drogba, AC Milan and David Beckham. Ancelotti previously coached AC Milan, where he helped recruit Beckham.

FINAL -- Chelsea wins 2-0. Drogba, who scored the game's first goal, is declared "Man of the Match."

Chelsea goalkeeper Ross Turnbull checked in during the 63rd minute and finished the game with three saves. Vid Belec, Inter Milan's goalkeeper, collected seven saves but allowed two goals in 90 minutes.

Chelsea also finished with nine shots on goal -- five between Drogba and Frank Lampard -- to Inter Milan's four. One stat that pops out: fouls. Chelsea took the overwhelming lead there 20-9. A yellow card was assessed to Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovich in the 59th minute.

88th MINUTE -- Lampard checks out of the game to a rousing ovation as some of the fans from the announced crowd of 81,224 begin to file out at the Rose Bowl.

84th MINUTE -- Inter Milan misses two costly shots in the second half, one from far out that hit the right goal post, and another in the 84th minute that hit the outside part of the left net.

50th MINUTE -- Lampard, who assisted on the game's the first goal, scored on a penalty kick to extend Chelsea's lead, 2-0. Lampard's struck the ball toward the right side of the goal, staying low to the floor and somehow sending Inter Milan's goalkeeper diving in the opposite direction.

HALFTIME
-- Inter Milan's Belec has three saves to Chelsea’s Petr Cech’s one. Chelsea has four shots on goal to Inter Milan’s one. There's no official attendance count, although it looks to be close to 90% full here at the Rose Bowl.

Singer Andy, announced to the crowd as "the Prince of Persia," performed at halftime on a stage set up behind Inter Milan's goal.

11th MINUTE --  Drogba scores to give Chelsea a 1-0 advantage. Frank Lampard is credited with the assist.

Drogba delivered a long-distance strike (30 yards give or take) to the right corner goal past Inter Milan goalkeeper Vid Belec, who was slow to react to the ball.

BEFORE THE GAME -- Actor/comedian Will Ferrell did the ceremonial coin toss.

Michael Johns, who finished eighth in the seventh season of American Idol, sang the national anthem before tonight’s friendly international between Chelsea FC and Inter Milan at the Rose Bowl.

MLS: The Magazine’s Scott French notes that Johns, an Australian-born singer/songwriter, did not remove his cap during tonight’s singing of the national anthem. Surprised no one made him take it off.

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--Mario Aguirre

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