Chelsea managed to pull off a 1-0 victory over Liverpool in the International Champions Cup despite being reduced to 10 men in the second half following a red card for Cesc Fabregas.
Gary Cahill’s 10th minute header proved to be sufficient for Chelsea as they defeated fellow Premier League side Liverpool in the International Champions Cup. Deep into the second half, Blues midfielder Cesc Fabregas made a needless lunge on Reds’ new signing Ragnar Klavan, which saw him receive a straight red card.
Here’s how fans reacted to a feisty pre-season game between the two English sides:
If the PL refs apply the rules about surrounding the ref, I look forward to Chelsea finishing their 1st game with 3 men! 🙊
— Nicola Cornish (@nikicornish) July 28, 2016
proud of chelsea yasss
chelsea 1-0 liverpool
— Madihaa. (@ButeraDemixo) July 28, 2016
soo tired but the #ChelseaLiverpool game was great!!
— Nars (@NarManve) July 28, 2016
@LandanLife Liverpool versus Chelsea is never a friendly. Never.
— ️Mike (@Coutinhology) July 28, 2016
New players but same old Liverpool problems https://t.co/IX7ZRcaENE
— All About Sports (@AllSporthello) July 28, 2016
That Chelsea v Liverpool match no be friendly…
Na real grudge match.
Loved it. So competitive in that sense
— itori god (@supazeez) July 28, 2016
FT – #Chelsea 1-0 Liverpool | Same kind of intensity as against WAC last week but against a much better side. Another positive step.
— Chelsea HQ (@Chelsea_HQ) July 28, 2016
Fans also had plenty to say about Fabregas’ tackle on Klavan:
Glad to see Fabregas is setting the tone for the new season already.
— Anfield Leak (@AnfieldLeak) July 28, 2016
Klavan “When we play Everton I’ll hurt someone” hahaha he got bullied by Fabregas.
— JustSomeLad. (@SomeEvertonFan) July 28, 2016
Cesc Fabregas SENT OFF in “friendly” between Chelsea & Liverpool!
— 101 Great Goals (@101greatgoals) July 28, 2016
— FourFourTwo (@FourFourTwo) July 28, 2016
Liverpool fans will just blame their loss on that Fabregas tackle and talk about it for the next decade.
— WeAreChelseaFC (@WeAreChelseaFC) July 28, 2016
Fabregas with a Scholesesque tackle last night
— EL CHINO (@StringerFooty) July 28, 2016
Beating the scousers in a friendly and Fabregas sent off for a two footed leg breaker is the highlight of pre-season 2016-17 soccer for me.
— Robbie (@cfcism) July 28, 2016
Liverpool’s new midfield signing Marko Grujic suffered a head injury in the game and had to be taken to the hospital.
— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) July 28, 2016
So I fell asleep 30mins before the game then wake up too we’ve been kicked the shit out off lost 1-0 and Grujic doesn’t know what day it is?
— LW (@LWhittle45) July 28, 2016
Grujic’s clash of head was definitely quite bad. Got head-butted on the side of head, the weakest spot.
— NeutralSpin (@NeutralSpin) July 28, 2016
— Andrej Bricman (@andr3ejj) July 28, 2016
I hope Grujic is not hurt. Not jess a friendly for me ⚽ #LFC
— Adewale. (@YungBlaccMale) July 28, 2016