Tal a pal of Blues in tight win

Former Chelsea defender Tal Ben Haim's own goal helped Andre Villas-Boas' Blues edge a 1-0 victory over Portsmouth at Fratton Park.

Last Updated: 18/07/11 at 09:43 Post Comment

Torres and Norris: Tangle at Fratton Park

Torres and Norris: Tangle at Fratton Park

More of the games that matter

2 years free Sky Broadband Unlimited for Sky Sports customers

Having played their 3-0 midweek victory over Wycombe behind closed doors, the Blues fielded completely different line-ups in each half as the recently-appointed Portuguese boss gave all his players a chance to gain pre-season fitness at Fratton Park.

Villas-Boas' side failed to get out of second gear in the first period but took the lead in the seventh minute when Ben Haim calamitously headed into his own net.

Substitute goalkeeper Hilario produced a superb save to stop Luke Varney's penalty after the break to help Chelsea eke out victory on the south coast.

Villas-Boas chose to start the match with a blend of youth and experience, with the likes of Fernando Torres, Ashley Cole and Florent Malouda lining up alongside youngsters Billy Clifford and Tomas Kalas.

Portsmouth, meanwhile, made three changes to the side that beat Havant & Waterlooville on Monday as Herman Hreidarsson, Ben Haim and Stephen Henderson came in for Jason Pearce, Lewis Stockford and Jamie Ashdown.

Portsmouth came close to breaking the deadlock within the opening three minutes when David Norris burst down the left flank and only a smart block from Ashley Cole prevented the incoming Dave Kitson flicking home at the near post.

But despite the flash of attacking intent, it was the visitors that began the brightest and were given a lead through a bizarre own goal from Ben Haim.

Torres' cross from the right was mis-hit by Greg Halford as he attempted to clear, resulting in the former Chelsea defender heading into his own net.

Villas-Boas' troops continued to press after taking the lead, with Torres somehow heading a gilt-edged chance wide before John Obi Mikel fizzed a free-kick straight at goalkeeper Henderson.

Despite Chelsea's dominance, Portsmouth did muster a few chances of their own and tested Ross Turnbull on several occasions.

The former Middlesbrough keeper was first forced to stop Norris' bundled header sneaking home, before palming wide Luke Varney's thumping drive as half-time approached.

Chelsea started the second period with an entirely new XI, while Portsmouth - who could only name five substitutes - brought on Ashdown and Pearce.

The half began at a lackadaisical pace and the only moment of note was 30-yard free-kick from Hreidarsson.

However, the game soon livened up when substitute Hilario was adjudged to have brought down Luke Varney and referee Keith Stroud pointed to the spot.

The former Blackpool striker stepped up confidently but was thwarted by the Portuguese goalkeeper's outstretched hand down low to his left.

Dave Kitson flashed a shot wide as he looked to atone for Varney's miss, before Didier Drogba and Yossi Benayoun had efforts at the other end.

Hilario's good work twice almost came undone after defensive miscommunication saw Varney hare into the box to try and score, but Nathan Chalobah and Jose Bosingwa's blushes were spared by last-ditch defending on both occasions.

Football365 Facebook Fan Page

The Football365 fan page is a great place to meet like minded people, have football related discussions and make new friends.

More Match Results

Tuesday, 12 August 2014
19:45
Chelsea 2-0 Sociedad Report
19:30
Man Utd 2-1 Valencia Report
Sunday, 10 August 2014
15:00
Stuttgart 1-2 Hull City Report
13:30
Newcastle 1-0 Sociedad  
12:15
Liverpool 4-0 B Dortmund Report
Saturday, 09 August 2014
17:30
Tottenham 2-1 Schalke Report
17:00
Southampton 0-1 Leverkusen Report
16:30
Freiburg 1-1 Stoke  
15:00
A Villa 0-0 Parma  
Leicester 1-0 W Bremen Report

Footer 365

Sky Bet Championship: Fulham thump Bolton, Huddersfield win at Wolves, Leeds held

Fulham thrashed Bolton 4-0 in the Championship, while Huddersfield won at Molineux to deny Wolves top spot.

Premier League: Sunderland boss Gus Poyet delighted Lee Cattermole stayed at club

Gus Poyet believes keeping Lee Cattermole was the best transfer decision he has made while at Sunderland.

Champions League: Liverpool out of sorts in 1-0 defeat at FC Basel

Liverpool paid the price for a disjointed performance as they fell to a 1-0 defeat to FC Basel in the Champions League.

Mail Box

It Was Better When City Were Rubbish

'I think I preferred it when we were s**t' says one City fan in the afternoon mailbox. There's a decent chat about the empty seats plus views on Liverpool and Roma...

Do City Really Need To Expand Their Stadium?

That's the question posed by one Man United fan in the mailbox after seeing the empty seats at the Etihad last night. Sadly, there isn't a single mail from a City supporter...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property