(KMOV.com Sports) -- For one night, the color blue dominated the red seats inside Busch Stadium when Chelsea and Manchester City made history in St. Louis on Thursday night.
The word “friendly,” or exhibition, can be unappealing to a sports fan in the United States, but the crowd of 48,263 fans was treated to hard play from both sides of the pitch.
The game had everything any normal soccer game would have, including the effort. There were goals, fouls, tackles and a yellow card. Needless to say, it wasn’t like a regular exhibition game you would see in the American version of football.
There were many reasons to cheer in an offensive game which had a three-goal Chelsea lead squandered by Manchester City’s four unanswered goals in the second half.
“It’s much different,” Demba Ba, who scored Chelsea’s first goal in the 12th minute, said. “We’re just here to have fun and to entertain the people in the stadium, and I think we did except for winning that game.”
His teammate Petr Cech, who stopped four shots and left with a 3-0 lead in the second half, agreed.
“I think we showed them good football and entertainment for the people, which was fantastic to see so many people come to the stadium to watch the game, and I thought they had a pretty interesting evening,” he said.
The soccer match was the first non-baseball sporting event held inside the new stadium since it opened in 2006.
Manchester City, led by two goals from Sergio Aguero, came out on top with a 4-3 win in the first of two exhibitions on U.S. soil. The teams will meet again on Saturday at Yankee Stadium.