Chelsea, away. In Jakarta, Indonesia.

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
Indonesia All Stars vs Chelsea, prematch

Chelsea fans in large numbers
Indonesia All Stars vs Chelsea, prematch

The first goal is a penalty...
Indonesia All Stars vs Chelsea, penalty

A rare Indonesia attack
Indonesia All Stars vs Chelsea, rare Indonesia attack

Goal number seven for Chelsea
Indonesia All Stars vs Chelsea, goal number 7


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