Forgotten man Tammy Abraham scored a rare goal for Chelsea as they chalked up an impressive 2-1 victory over Spanish giants Barcelona in the second game of their tour of Japan this afternoon.
The former Bristol City and Aston Villa loanee scored the game’s opening goal in the first half before Ross Barkley’s strike doubled The Blues’ lead in the second half. Barcelona netted a late consolation goal with Ivan Rakitic getting his name on the scoresheet.
A lively start saw Oriol Busquets head an effort narrowly over the bar before Emerson’s dangerous ball across the box almost found Abraham at the other end.
Christian Pulisic saw an shot saved by Barcelona keeper Marc-Andre Ter Stegen before Abraham failed to capitalise on the rebound.
Chelsea took the lead just before the half-time interval when Abraham raced away from the Barcelona defence and kept his cool to slot the ball beyond Ter Stegen into the back of the net.
The Spaniards came out for the second half keen to get back into the game and Blues keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga had to be on top form to deny both Rafina and Carles Perez soon after the restart.
Despite the early scares, Chelsea kept their opponents quiet for most of the second half and the South West Londoners were to extend their advantage nine minutes from time when midfielder Barkley curled a stunning effort into the net from just inside the area.
Croatian international Rakitic’s 20-yard thunderbolt reduced the arrears but it was too little, too late for the La Liga champions as Chelsea recorded an impressive win.
Frank Lampard’s side are back in action on Sunday when they face Reading at The Madejski Stadium.