Inter's Geoffrey Kondogbia Scores Possibly The Greatest Own Goal Ever Vs. Chelsea
- Author: Rosalie Stanley Jul 30, 2017,
Jul 30, 2017, 1:09
Inter led by two goals from the impressive Ivan Perisic and Stevan Jovetic, before what was supposed to be a routine backpass from substitute Kondogbia looped over his own goalkeeper and nestled into the top corner from fully 40 yards, stunning the crowd of over 32,000.
Moses who was in the starting 11 was substituted in the 89th minute while Nigerian-born England 2017 U-20 FIFA World Cup victor, Fikayo Tomori, came on late in the game.
Antonio Conte handed a first Chelsea start to Alvaro Morata but the Spanish striker could not find the back of the net who Premier League champions who have now ended their Asian tour on a losing note.
The Blues striker has scored three goals and assisted another in the club's three matches over the last week.
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The striker, who joined from Real Madrid for a reported £70million fee, started on the left of a front three with Michy Batshuayi playing down the middle, but the Spain global struggled to make an impression.
While Cesar Azpilicueta's challenge on Jovetic was a fair one, the extent to which Borja Valero's lofted pass opened up Chelsea's defence reflected their vulnerability on the back foot and that weakness was glaringly evident inside a minute of the second half, when their isolated centre-backs were outnumbered and Jovetic had a goal wrongly ruled out for offside after sweeping in the rebound to Perisic's shot. As the contest drifted and both coaches made a raft of changes in the second half, Morata was withdrawn after 65 minutes, the Spaniard unable to really impose himself on the match and still looking short of fitness.
That glorious own-goal comes via Geoffrey Kondogbia, the talented 24-year-old French defender.
Chelsea once again started their game very slowly and were reliant on counter-attacks - something that is clearly not working. In the first few minutes a defence-splitting Milan Skriniar pass found Antonio Candreva - reportedly a Chelsea transfer target - who forced Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois into a fingertip save. But the former global midfielder also quickly won a reputation for displaying his full range of emotions on the sidelines, including jumping into the arms of Chelsea fans to celebrate goals. "I finish the game and I'm destroyed". His condition, and to be in our football, ' Conte said. "In the future my strength will be less and then maybe I will try to keep myself calm and more seated".