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Rangers 2-0 Chelsea


Had Frank's shot gone in instead of being saved by Roy Carroll seconds before Rangers took the lead, Chelsea fans could be toasting a fourth pre-season win instead of commiserating over a defeat.

From the save Carroll threw the ball out to Burke who went on a lung busting run before squaring the ball inside to Novo, who had caused Chelsea problems on Rangers right, Novo took a touch and unleashed an unstoppable shot into Hilario's right hand corner of the net. No blame on Hilario and I doubt if Cech would have saved it!!

The 2nd goal came moments later this time from Rangers left. Sebo took a shot and it deflected of the unlucky Ricky high into Hilario's left hand side on the net.

2-0 to Rangers and thats how it finished.

Congratulations to Ricky who became a father again at the beginning of the week.

I was asked to provide ratings for each of the players that came onto the field, but when you look at the list of players used, it is a difficult job, but I would say on an average Chelsea were not worth more than a five (5), simply because they sat off for both of the Rangers goals and Chelsea lacked the cutting edge up front.

But I have to be honest Sidwell had a good game and so did Tal Ben-Haim. Haim's head must have been in a spin because he played right across the back - Left-back, Centre-half and Right-back.

Having said that Chelsea created chances and Pizarro had a shot cleared off the line. Lampard was denied a penalty when it looked like he was savagely cut down but more often than not, Chelsea's finishing would have graced Murrayfield more than it did at Ibrox.


Cech, (Hilario45), Diarra (Carvalho 45), Ben-Haim, Terry (c), Johnson (A Cole 62), Joe Cole (Wright-Phillips 45), Sidwell, Lampard, Malouda (Mikel 45), Shevchenko (Pizarro 45), Drogba (Sinclair 70).

Booked: Malouda, Terry


McGregor (Carroll 45), Hutton (Murray 45), Weir (Webster 45), Cuellar, Papac (Broadfoot 45), McCulloch (Sebo 62), Brahim, Ferguson (c), Adam (Burke 81), Darcheville (Beasley 45), Boyd (Novo 45)

Goals: Novo 84, Sebo 86

Finally - your next dose of Chelsea LIVE Blogging is Tuesday, 31st July 2007, as Chelsea take on Brondby in a match that kicks off at 7.10pm

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