Crespo nets Blues winner
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Hernan Crespo scored the winner as Chelsea beat DC United 2-1 in Washington.Hernan Crespo pressed his claims for a Chelsea starting spot after scoring the winner in the 2-1 friendly victory over DC United.
The Argentine striker is back in the Blues squad after spending last season on loan at Milan and he is anxious to play a prominent role this term.
He poached the winner in Washington on 56 minutes after Damien Duff's first-half volley cancelled out a goal from DC United defender Bobby Boswell.
DC had the best early chance of the game when Jaime Moreno skipped past a Chelsea man on 11 minutes but his shot was saved by Petr Cech.
That only proved to be a temporary let-off for the Premiership champions as DC took the lead on 31 minutes when Didier Drogba lost Boswell and the stopper was allowed to head home Christian Gomez's corner.
Within four minutes, Chelsea were level after Shaun Wright-Phillips, who started the game, crossed for Duff to volley home at the far post.
At half time, Blues boss Jose Mourinho introduced Lassana Diarra, while Wayne Bridge had made his first start in five months following the injury he suffered against Newcastle United in the FA Cup.
The decisive moment came in the 56th minute when Arjen Robben played through Crespo who, despite looking offside, was allowed to continue his run before slipping the ball past DC keeper Troy Perkins.
Frank Lampard narrowly failed to make it 3-1 near the end as Chelsea now face another showdown with Milan on Sunday before returning back to England.