Rob Green the hero as Chelsea beat Lyon on penalties
International Champions Cup, Stamford Bridge - Chelsea 0 Lyon 0 (Chelsea win 5-4 on penalties)
Chelsea put the Thibaut Courtois saga behind them as Rob Green saved a penalty on debut to help his side win 5-4 in a shootout against Lyon.
Maurizio Sarri, who started Marcin Bulka in goal after Courtois did not turn up for training, turned to Green in the second half and he was the hero after the game finished 0-0.
But Sarri would have been more impressed by defender Ethan Ampadu who stole the show with his passing and positioning after being one of 11 changes from the Blues side that lost 2-0 to Manchester City in the Community Shield.
Robert Green of Chelsea celebrates with team mates after winning a penalty shootout during the pre-season friendly match between Chelsea and Lyon at Stamford Bridge on August 7, 2018 in London, England.Getty Images
Bulka pulled off a good save to keep out Memphis Depay’s drive while Tammy Abraham did not take his opportunity of a rare start after putting two headers wide.
And all five subs scored in the shootout with Hazard grabbing the winner after Green saved Pape Cheikh Diop's spot kick as the Blues returned to winning ways ahead of their Premier League opener against Huddersfield Town on Saturday.
Which Chelsea players played their way into Sarri's plans? Willian looks most likely to play a role against Huddersfield after moments of quality but Bakayoko and Abraham will be disappointed with their contributions. And Ampadu deserves a place on the bench for the new season after an impressive display.
Chelsea's Belgian midfielder Eden Hazard (C) controls the ball during the International Champions Cup football match between Chelsea and Lyon at Stamford Bridge in London on August 7, 2018.Getty Images
MAN OF THE MATCH
Ethan Ampadu (Chelsea): The David Luiz lookalike enhanced his reputation. His passing was composed and bold and he anticipated danger brilliantly with a series of blocks and interceptions.
Ethan Ampadu of Chelsea in action during the pre-season friendly match between Chelsea and Lyon at Stamford Bridge on August 7, 2018 in London, England.Getty Images
CHELSEA: Bulka 8, Zappacosta 6, Christensen 6, Ampadu 9, Emerson 5, Loftus-Cheek 7, Bakayoko 4, Drinkwater 4, Moses 6, Abraham 5, Willian 6. Subs: Kante 7, Barkley 5, Jorginho 7, Piazon 5, Giroud 5, Hazard 6, Rudiger n/a, Cahill n/a, Azpilcueta, n/a, Alonso n/a, Green n/a.
8’ - CHANCE! Chelsea have a corner from the right. Willian's delivery finds Abraham but his header into the ground goes wide.
26’ - GOOD SAVE! Depay dummies before getting in a curling effort from inside the area which the keeper pushes away.
34’ - WHAT A CHANCE! Lovely unselfish through ball from Depay, Aouar is through on goal but rolls it wide.
45’ - GOOD SAVE! Abraham wins a free-kick on the edge of the box after a late challenge from Morel. Willian is eyeing it 25 yards out and curls it towards and corner but the keeper is equal to it.
55’ - WOODWORK! At the other end, Loftus Cheek with a lovely bit of skill to weave into the box and he dinks the ball over the keeper but it strikes the post.
Chelsea had three penalty shootouts in the 2018 International Champions Cup, winning two of them.