In their first preseason meeting against the Liga MX giants, the west London team narrowly avoided a peculiar fright.
Reece James scored a comedic own goal after a careless back pass, nearly ruining Chelsea’s opening preseason match.
Marcus Bettinelli, the goalkeeper for the Blues, unintentionally let the ball slip past him, but the Premier League team rebounded to defeat Club America of Mexico 2-1.
At Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, a spectacular late Mason Mount goal finally saved Chelsea’s face after the weird goal brought Club America level at 1-1 following Timo Werner’s opening goal.
James scores a hilarious own goal.
James sent the ball back to Bettinelli without looking with 59 minutes left in the game. From the edge of the area, James turned back toward his goal.
The keeper was utterly unprepared for the pass and was powerless to stop it from rolling into the goal with his extended leg.
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