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Pre-Season: Oxford 1-1 Chelsea

Will3172010-05-01 23:14:08 +0000 #1
Always good to see your rivals failing to win!

And I expected them to run away with it at least 3-0 before, especially considering the line-up of Cudicini, Johnson, Watt, Huth, Babayaro, Geremi, Smertin, Parker, Cole, Kezman and Gudjohnsen.

But it wasn't so, and imo it was actually quite even!

Congrats to Oxford!

No reasons for Chelsea to worry though, they'll do fine in their other games, I'm sure, and this performance wasn't too bad.

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Originally Posted by BBC Sport

Striker Mateja Kezman scored on his Chelsea debut on Saturday as Jose Mourinho's team were held by Oxford at the Kassam Stadium.

Veteran striker Tommy Mooney scored on his Oxford debut to give the League Two team a half-time lead. But Serbia and Montenegro international Kezman hit the woodwork twice before equalising for Chelsea.

Kezman had started alongside Eidur Gudjohnsen in attack as new coach Mourinho fielded his first line-up. And Chelsea controlled possession throughout the first half but rarely troubled Oxford in the opening stages.

It was not until the 18th minute that Chelsea managed to get a shot on target, but Kezman's strike was easily saved by Oxford goalkeeper Chris Tardif. However, Mourinho's team eventually started to find more cutting edge and Kezman rattled the crossbar with a fierce shot after Eidur Gudjohnsen had flicked the ball into the area.

Gudjohnsen headed narrowly wide after Geremi broke into the area and Kezman had another shot deflected into the arms of Tardif. Keeper Tardif, a summer signing from Portsmouth, also had to be alert to beat away a sharp Joe Cole strike.

Graham Rix's Oxford had created little against his former club but Carlo Cudicini could do little to stop Mooney as he burst into the area just before the break and fired home from close range.

Kezman hit the woodwork again after 54 minutes when a rising shot took a deflection and rebounded off the post and Alexei Smertin had a long-range effort pushed away by substitute keeper Simon Cox.

Chelsea were almost caught out again just after the hour when Julian Alsop, a sixth-minute replacement for the injured Lee Bradbury, had a header cleared off the line by Celestine Babayaro.

Former Porto forward Felipe Oliveira came on for Chelsea at half-time and he teeded up the equaliser for Kezman after 66 minutes. The former PSV Eindhoven star made no mistake from 10 yards after finding space to Oliveira's left.

Oxford were almost back ahead within two minutes but Cudicini tipped over from Michael Alexis.

The pace of the game dropped noticeably in the last 10 minutes as Oxford held on for a morale-boosting draw.



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