Hazard, Marin impress on Chelsea debuts: Chelsea 4 v Sounders 2

(Sporting Alert) — Romelu Lukaku gave his boss Roberto Di Matteo something to think about after scoring twice in Chelsea’s exciting 4-2 victory over USA MLS side the Seattle Sounders on Wednesday night.

Lukaku, who is believed to be on the loan list for this season, has been wanting to stay with Chelsea and fight for his place and he showed this with two well taken goals tonight.

He gave the English Premier League side an early three-minute lead with a nice finish before new summer signing Eden Hazard netted a deflected short to double the score eight-minutes later.

But is wasn’t smooth sailing for Chelsea as the Sounders rallied with their own attacking force to score two quick goals as well and even things up after 32 minutes.

Fredy Montero scored both goals for the MLS outfits.

Chelsea, however, took advantage of some sloppy plays in midfield to punish their opponents, with another debutant, Marko Marin and Lukaku scoring before the break.

Both Marin and Hazard impressed in their first outings and manager Di Matteo is looking forward to seeing them play on the rest of the tour and when the season starts.

FTSeattle Sounders 2 : 4 Chelsea

Seattle Sounders (4-4-1-1): Meredith (Ford h-t); Scott (Johansson 70), Parke (Ianni 60), Hurtado, Gonzalez (ochoa 70); Rosales (c) (Rose 60), Evans (Burch 70), Alonso (Zakuani 81), Fernandez (Carrasco 74); Montero (Seamon 81); Johnson (Levesque 65).

Unused subs Tetteh, Steres.

Goals Montero 13, 31
Booked

Chelsea first half (4-2-3-1): Hilario; Chalobah, Ivanovic (c), David Luiz, Ferreira (Saville 63); Mikel, McEachran; Benayoun, Hazard, Marin; Lukaku.

Chelsea second half (4-2-3-1): Blackman; Hutchinson, Ivanovic (Kane 63), Cahill, Ferreira; Essien, Lampard (c); Ramires, Hazard (Kakuta 63), De Bruyne, Lukaku (Piazon 63).

Goals Lukaku 2, 43 Hazard 10, Marin 39
Booked

Referee Ricardo Salazar

Attendance 53,309

REPORTING BY JEFF-BRODRICKS

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