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 Posted by ESPN Staff
Jul 30, 2011

Chelsea win trophy, Blackburn third

Substitute Fernando Torres made an instant impact as Chelsea lifted the Asia Trophy with a 2-0 victory over Aston Villa at Hong Kong Stadium.

The Spaniard sidefooted Florent Malouda's low shot past Shay Given after being introduced just before the hour mark to add to Josh McEachran's early opener.

Boss Andre Villas-Boas once again shuffled his line-up with Nicolas Anelka starting up front, meaning Didier Drogba and Torres had to settle for a place on the bench.

With the game barely under way, Chelsea took the lead. Given did brilliantly to deny both Anelka and Malouda but McEachran was on hand to pounce from close range.

A slick Chelsea move 10 minutes before the interval then ended with McEachran sliding the ball through to Anelka but his low shot was held by Given.

Stiliyan Petrov's volley skidded wide six minutes into the second period after the ball fell to the skipper following a corner before Fabian Delph hacked John Terry's towering header from a corner off the line.

Chelsea should have doubled their lead immediately afterwards when Malouda's cross picked out an unmarked Frank Lampard in the six-yard box but his downward header was straight at Given and Daniel Sturridge then blazed the rebound over.

Villas-Boas then introduced both Torres and Drogba with almost an hour gone and the Spaniard netted Chelsea's second within seconds of coming on when he diverted Malouda's low strike past the diving Given.

Patrick van Aanholt then fizzed a drive just beyond Given's far post and the Irishman denied Torres with his legs after the striker had breezed past Richard Dunne.

Darren Bent wasted a good opportunity with 11 minutes left when he latched onto a flick-on and raced clear but fired over the crossbar and Emile Heskey shot narrowly wide as Villa failed to breach the Chelsea rearguard.

Blackburn finished third after easing past Kitchee 4-0 at Hong Kong Stadium.

After the home side had missed a penalty, Mauro Formica opened the scoring in the 34th minute with a powerful header before David Dunn's free-kick and substitute Nick Blackman's spot-kick wrapped up the win in the second half.

Kitchee were presented with an early opportunity thanks to hesitancy in the Blackburn defence but Roberto Losada shot straight at keeper Mark Bunn.

Brett Emerton then saw an effort blocked on the line and Morten Gamst Pedersen curled a free-kick just wide of the post.

The hosts then wasted a golden opportunity to take the lead in the 22nd minute when Martin Olsson felled a Kitchee player in the box but skipper Ubay Luzardo, who scored an own goal in the 4-0 defeat by Chelsea on Wednesday, blazed the penalty over the bar.

It was to prove costly as 11 minutes before half-time, Emerton's measured cross was headed home from close range by Formica.

Olsson's long-range effort was then pushed away by keeper Wang Zhenpeng as the half drew to a close.

Pedersen's header was kept out by Wang 10 minutes into the second period and Chan Man Fai rifled inches wide at the other end.

Blackburn's second came in the 69th minute when Dunn lifted a sublime free-kick into the back of the net after Ruben Rochina's mazy run was halted unfairly near the edge of the box.

Luzardo's misery was further deepened when he bundled Blackman over in the box with seven minutes to go and the striker picked himself up to despatch the penalty into the top corner and seal what ultimately proved a comfortable victory.

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