Paris Saint-Germain’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been heavily linked with Manchester United over the past week [via Sky Sports], and the striker has provided an update on his future.
In the last six competitive matches between the clubs, both PSG and Chelsea have registered one win while four games between the sides have ended in a draw.
Exciting youth academy graduate Jean-Kevin Augustin continued to impress, putting in another strong display.
Chelsea went into the first match of the ICC tournament against MLS side New York Red Bulls with three wins on the trot which carried on from the end of the last season with a win over Sunderland on the final day of the season, which saw Chelsea lift their first title in five years.
Victor Moses made it 1-1 as he volleyed in from Cesc Fabregas’s chipped pass.
Marco Verratti should have doubled the France league champions’ lead in the 36th minute but was unable to get his chip over Begović to dip under the bar, with PSG finishing the half on top – Begović denying Lucas with another finger-tip save just before the break.
Mourinho’s side put on a better showing after the break but PSG’s threat did not disappear and Courtois – on in place of Begovic – had to be alert to save from Lucas Digne in stoppage time.
It was not a totally ideal outing for Lucas though; he passed up a brilliant chance in the second half that he really should have scored-or at least hit the target with-which is something that surely frustrated the former Sao Paulo man.
With 19 minutes left, Loic Remy forced Salvatore Sirigu into a low save but that was one of the last scoring opportunities of the game as it petered out.
He saved from Jean-Christophe Bahebeck immediately after Juan Cuadrado had missed for Chelsea and then, after the shoot-out had gone to sudden death, Courtois parried Thiago Silva’s spot-kick before the Belgium worldwide stepped up to smash home the next penalty himself and seal victory.
The Colombian looked sharp, and converted Chelsea’s first penalty of the shoot-out.