Chelsea, away. In Indonesia. A trip of 7,278 miles and a good deal more miles than the average Chelsea fan will cover in an entire season – or quite a few of them for that matter!
For us, a far shorter journey - although not exactly a picnic - through the back streets of Kebon Kacang, the unbridled mayhem of the Tanah Abang market district, and the densely-populated kampung of Petamburan – followed by a energy sapping walk to the Soviet inspired stadium itself.
Inside a sea of blue. And a chorus of chants in favor of the Indonesian team.
By the end of the match, Chelsea had banged in eight goals with Indonesia scoring a consolation goal right at the end.
You could say that the gulf in talent between the two sides was as deep as the Sunda Straits - and you’d be right. But Abramovich has deep pockets and the Indonesian players are still very much at the beginning of the learning curve.
All in all, a good match. Although I wouldn’t travel 7,278 miles to see it!
Pre-match line up and the long line of the law
Chelsea fans in large numbers
The first goal is a penalty...
A rare Indonesia attack
Goal number seven for Chelsea