FOOTBALL HIGHLIGHT: John Terry Escaped Injury in Chelsea 2 Inter Milan 0:
John Terry escaped serious injury this morning after he was on the receiving end of Hugo Campagnaro's horror challenge as Chelsea maintained their 100 per cent pre-season record against Inter Milan.
The Italian was shown a straight red card for what looked like an intentional stamp on Terry's ankle as the friendly in Indianapolis threatened to boil over.
Thankfully for manager Jose Mourinho, his captain walked away from the incident unharmed and went on to complete the entire 90 minutes as goals from Oscar and Eden Hazard ensured Chelsea's Guinness International Champions Cup campaign got off to a winning start.
Mourinho was cautious with his returning Confederations Cup players, as Juan Mata, Fernando Torres, Cesar Azpilicueta, Jon Obi Mikel and David Luiz all began the clash on the bench.
The encounter got off to a pedestrian start, the best opening during the first 10 minutes falling to summer signing Marco van Ginkel after John Terry's pass over the top.
Fredy Guarin went within inches from giving Inter an 11th minute lead with a spectacular volley from the edge of the box.
And just two minutes later Chelsea took the lead with an equally impressive effort from Oscar.
The Blues did increase their advantage, however, in somewhat controversial circumstances after referee Ismail Elfath wrongly awarded the Stamford Bridge club a 27th minute penalty.
Alvaro Pereira clearly tripped Moses' darting run into the box, but replays clearly showed contact occurred outside the penalty area, Inter were furious with the decision, Pereira was even booked for his remonstrations.
And Hazard compounded the Serie A side's misery, sending Handanovic the wrong way to give Chelsea a two-goal lead.
Mata was introduced at the start of the second half for his first action of pre-season, while Michael Essien and Mark Schwarzer were also introduced.
Mauro Emanuel Icardi thought he halved the deficit three minutes after the restart with a delicate chip over Schwarzer, but his effort was, rightly, ruled out for offside.
Romelu Lukaku smashed a venomous left-foot shot off the post in the 55th minute after some woeful defending from the Italian side.
The pre-season encounter turned ugly in the 58th minute, though, thanks to Campagnaro's X-rated lunge on Terry. The tackle sparked a mass confrontation between both sides before the Italian was given his marching orders.
Luiz, Mikel, Azpilicueta and Demba Ba were all sent on by Mourinho for the final 25 minutes as Chelsea looked for more goals against Inter's 10 men.
Ba went close in the 66th minute, firing wide from Mata's cross before Torres and Ryan Bertrand were introduced the 72nd minute.
And Torres forced substitute goalkeeper Juan Pablo Carrizo into a comfortable save after marauding run through the heart of the Serie A side's defence ended with a tame shot as the Chelsea cruised to victory.
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