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Football: Chelsea crash to first pre-season defeat at Bremen

Published on Aug 4, 2014 1:49 AM
Chelsea's Serbian midfielder Nemanja Matic (right) and his team mate Chelsea's Dutch midfielder Marco van Ginkel vie for the ball with Werder Bremen's Argentinian forward Franco Di Santo during the friendly football match Werder Bremen vs Chelsea FC on Aug 3, 2014 in Bremen, northern Germany. -- PHOTO: AFP 

BREMEN, Germany (AFP) - Chelsea slumped to their first pre-season defeat on Sunday as they were beaten 3-0 by Werder Bremen in Germany to spoil the return of Didier Drogba and the debut of goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois.

Ivory Coast legend Drogba made his first appearance for Chelsea since scoring the penalty that won the 2012 Champions League in Munich when he came on as a second-half substitute for summer signing Diego Costa.

However, Jose Mourinho’s side were already 2-0 down at that point and Drogba’s return ended in a tame defeat at the Weserstadion.

Blues captain John Terry conceded a soft penalty after 20 minutes when he needlessly blocked the ball with his arm and Dutch winger Eljero Elia stepped up to plant his spot-kick past Belgian keeper Courtois, who has joined up with Chelsea after a long-term loan at Atletico Madrid.

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