Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has suffered his first loss as Blues boss as his side fell to a shock 1-0 defeat to J.League club Kawasaki Frontale in the first game of their Japanese tour.
Leandro Damiao netted the only goal of the game just two minutes from time to cap-off a disappointing pre-season outing for The Blues.
Chelsea boss Lampard named his strongest XI to date and they could have been ahead had Pedro’s shot posed more trouble for home keeper Jung Sung Ryong. The Spaniard was lively throughout the first half and his second effort of the game flew just over the bar as Chelsea pushed for an opening goal.
Kenedy then went close as he flashed a shot just wide before Blues keeper Willy Caballero pulled off an impressive save on the stroke of half-time as he pushed an Akihiro Ienaga effort to safety.
Blues boss Lampard made five changes at the break with striker Olivier Giroud being one of the players which were introduced. Mason Mount almost added a second goal to his impressive pre-season performances but he fired a shot just wide before Kenedy was cleverly denied by Jung. Giroud also tested the Kawasaki Frontale keeper with a free-kick which he whipped round the wall and on target.
The game was to end on a sour note for the South West Londoners. Damiao headed home the game’s only goal in the 88th minute leaving Chelsea with no time to respond.
Chelsea are back in action on Tuesday when they face Spanish giants Barcelona in the final match of their Japanese tour.