By FRANCO PANIZO
NEW YORK — Yankee Stadium looked more like Stamford Bridge on Sunday, but even that could not help lift Chelsea to victory.
The Champions League winners settled for a 1-1 draw with Paris Saint-Germain in their 2012 World Football Challenge match on Sunday, and they needed a late goal from Lucas Piazon to make that happen. Piazon scored the equalizer in the 82nd minute to cancel out Nene's first-half finish, sending the pro-Chelsea crowd of 38,202 into a frenzy.
Chelsea fielded a mixture of their first team and reserves at the beginning of the match and that allowed for PSG to look the more dangerous side in a back-and-forth first half. Nene eventually scored for the French club, knocking in a rebound at the half-hour mark after Javier Pastore got a shot off despite having three defenders in his vicinity.
With the insertion of the likes of Ramires and John Terry in the second half, the Blues got an injection of life while PSG could not keep up the same tempo after making a plethora of substitutions of their own. Chelsea began to create more chances as a result, and they were rewarded when Ramries slipped in a low cross from the right that substitute Piazon buried into the back of the net.
Both teams then exchanged a number of chances in the closing minutes of the match and Chelsea appeared to have one last chance at the death. But match official Edvin Jurisevic ended the game before they could take their corner and the entertaining match ended in a stalemate.
Chelsea will next play the MLS All-Stars at PPL Park in Chester, Pa. on Wednesday night.
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