Manchester City and Chelsea kicked off their post-season tours with a topsy turvy seven goal thriller in St Louis, Missouri. The Premier League pair named strong sides for the occasion in front of a sell-out 48,000 plus crowd and provided plenty of entertainment for their American based fans.
It was a game of two halves as Chelsea took control of the first period with Demba Ba giving them the lead in the 14th minute and they made it two just before half time when Cesar Azpilicueta scored a penalty following a foul on Juan Mata.
Both teams made five changes at the interval but it got even worse for the Premier League runners up in the 53rd minute when Brazilian midfielder Oscar further extended the Chelsea lead, having replaced Juan Mata. City then introduced Maicon and Milner and got back into the game with two goals in two minutes from Javi Garcia and substitute Edin Dzeko.
Chelsea clung on to their lead until the 84th minute when Dzeko beat Chelsea substitute goalkeeper Jamal Blackman again to make it three apiece and fellow substitute Micah Richards snatched a last minute winner for the Sky Blues to complete an unlikely turn-around. The two sides meet again at the Yankees Stadium in New York on Saturday.