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VIDEO: Salah scores as Chelsea come from behind to down AFC Wimbledon
Chelsea won their second match of their pre-season campaign beating AFC Wimbledon by 3 goals to 2 thanks to a Terry brace and a Salah goal.
First half line-up (4-2-3-1): Mark Schwarzer (c); Ola Aina, Kurt Zouma, Andreas Christiansen, Nathan Ake; Marco van Ginkel, Nemanja Matic; Mohamed Salah, Jeremie Boga, John Swift; Patrick Bamford.
AFC Wimbledon took the lead after just 38 seconds as Alan Bennett out muscled the Chelsea defence to head it in the corner.
Minutes before the end of the first half, Chelsea debutant Kurt Zouma shoved Tubbs to concede a penalty, and the Wimbledonstriker didn’t fail to convert giving his side a two goal advantage.
Jose Mourinho tried out a different bunch in the second half, with just Salah, Schwarzer and Van Ginkel holding on to their positions. Jose also altered to a back three system with Ivanovic playing in a more forward position.
Second half line-up (4-2-3-1): Mark Schwarzer (Mitchell Beeney 69); Branislav Ivanovic, Nathaniel Chalobah, John Terry (c), Jay Dasilva; Oriol Romeu, Marco van Ginkel (Jordan Houghton 69) ; Mohamed Salah, Lewis Baker, Izzy Brown; Dominic Solanke.
Chelsea looked lively in the second half as they applied immense pressure on their opponents. Lewis Baker got his head to a Salah cross which was saved by the diving keeper.
Moments later, after good work from Salah and Baker, Brown’s header went just past the bar.
Wimbledon held out until Terry scored after initially missing the header following a Baker corner.
Ivanovic, in his unusual attacking role, almost raced on to Brown’s cute header, before Baker impressively picked out Salah from deep. The Egyptian, by now the only man in yellow still on the pitch who had featured from the start, finished well with a half volley to make it 2-2.
Chelsea wanted the win as they went all in for it. Two successive corners in the dying minutes of the game were enough for a Terry classic as the Englishman out-jumped everyone to strike it past the Wimbledon keeper.
Jose won’t be happy by the way Chelsea started them game but will be delighted with the way his team fought back to earn them their second win of the season.
It must be noted that Salah was fasting during the match, a matter that didn’t look to affect the Egyptian’s performance in anyway.
Chelsea fly to Austria on Monday morning to face RZ Pellets on Wednesday the 23rd of July at 20:30 Egyptian time.