Soccer... and a last minute goal from England international Ray Wilkins gave English First Division?
Soccer... and a last minute goal from England international Ray Wilkins gave English First Division club chelsea a 1-1 draw with North American champions, New York Cosmos, in a friendly match at Stamford Bridge in London on Tuesday (26 September). Cosmos, on a tour of Europe and Saudi Arabia, had taken the lead in the 32nd minute through another England player, Dennis Tueart, formerly of Manchester City.
SYNOPSIS: Chelsea, in the dark strip, playing from right to left, kicked off, and in the early stages both sides were happy to push the ball around at a leisurely pace.
Cosmos had start-studded line-up, which included Holland's Johann Cruyff, West German star Franz Beckenbauer, and the free-scoring Italian Giorgio Chinaglia. From the start the emphasis was on attack, but this move posed no threat to the Chelsea defence.
The Cosmos players showed all the flair that had taken them to the North American title, and it was no surprise when they went in front in the 32nd minute. Steve Hunt crossed from the left, and Tueart at the far post, scored from close range.
No more goals came before the interval... Chelsea O Cosmos 1.
When the second half opened, Chelsea were the first to attack. Kenny Swain broke down the right, and Cruyff, back in defence, was forced to concede a corner.
Swain took the kick himself... it was a long one, deep into the Cosmos box... and Cruyff again, relieved the pressure.
Cosmos were always dangerous, and Chinaglia almost grabbed a second.
With time running out, a Cosmos victory seemed likely, but in the 89th minute Wilkins equalised for Chelsea with a right foot drive.
Only two goals, but plenty of excitement... Chelsea 1 Cosmos 1.