Chelsea rout sorry Milan
Nicolas Anelka scored four goals as Chelsea romped to a 5-0 friendly victory over AC Milan in Moscow.
Last Updated: 03/08/08 4:28pm
Nicolas Anelka scored four goals as Chelsea romped to a 5-0 pre-season friendly victory over AC Milan in Moscow.
Frank Lampard opened the scoring in the third-place play-off in the Railways Cup tournament before Anelka took control.
Milan's Brazilian star Kaka - who has been linked with a summer move to Stamford Bridge - did not feature as his team put in a dismal display, typified by some inept goalkeeping by Zeljko Kalac.
A strong Chelsea line-up saw Michael Ballack make his first appearance of the Blues' pre-season following his late return to the squad after Euro 2008 duty with Germany.
But it was his central midfield partner Lampard who put Luiz Felipe Scolari's side ahead in the second minute when his curling free-kick was missed by everyone and the ball flew in through Milan keeper Kalac's legs.
It was two in the eighth minute when Anelka latched on to a poor defensive header to fire home low from the edge of the area.
The Frenchman added a third 10 minutes later when Kalac's day went from bad to worse.
Attempting to clear a routine backpass, the Australian kicked nothing but air, allowing Anelka to steal in and tap into an empty net.
Chelsea were utterly dominant and Shaun Wright-Phillips very nearly headed a fourth soon afterwards as they sought to make amends for their shoot-out defeat to Lokomotiv Moscow two days ago.
A Milan side with no recognised strikers, but featuring former Arsenal star Mathieu Flamini in midfield, were providing little resistance and Anelka completed his hat-trick six minutes after the restart.
Deco played in Florent Malouda down the left and the winger's cross found his countryman, who headed accurately into the corner of the net.
Remarkably if was four for Anelka and five for Chelsea in the 58th minute when another flowing move down the left ended with Malouda centring once more for the former Bolton striker to volley home.
The Premier League runners-up took their foot off the gas in the last quarter but still dominated and the lively Malouda fired narrowly over with a good long-range effort.
FinalSevilla won the Railway Cup after beating hosts Lokomotiv Moscow 3-0 in the final.
Sevilla went in front after just four minutes when midfielder Christian Ndri Romaric nodded home from a corner.
The Spaniards dominated play and doubled their lead on 23 minutes when Arouna Kone headed home Diego Capel's cross.
Lokomotiv had a great chance to reduce the deficit before the break, but Sevilla keeper Javi Varas saved a penalty after David Mujiri had been fouled in the box.
Sevilla made the game safe eight minutes from tiume when Ernesto Chevanton found the net.