Again, Nkunku scores as Chelsea beat Fulham

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Chelsea were crowned winners of the inaugural Premier League Summer Series with a 2-0 victory over Fulham as Christopher Nkunku scored again.

Mauricio Pochenttino clinched his first trophy with the Blues following a 4-3 win over Brighton and a 1-1 draw with Newcastle during their pre-season tour of the USA.

Thiago Silva opened the scoring in the 20th minute with a towering header from Ben Chilwell’s in-swinging corner.

Nkunku, a £52m addition from RB Leipzig, then netted his third goal of the summer with a tap-in after Carney Chukwuemeka’s shot was parried into his path.

The result meant Chelsea finished top of the six-team tournament with seven points, followed by Aston Villa with five points ahead of Newcastle on goal difference. Brentford finished bottom after losing two matches and drawing one.

Veteran centre-back Silva, 38, rose highest to head past Bernd Leno from Chilwell’s delivery to set Chelsea on their way.

The lively Nkunku set up Enzo Fernandez but he was denied by Leno and then put the rebound into the side-netting.

However, Nkunku couldn’t miss when Chukwuemeka’s effort was pushed straight to him and he converted from close range.

Fulham introduced new signings Raul Jimenez and Calvin Bassey at half-time but they couldn’t inspire a comeback.

Bobby De Cordova-Reid had their best chance of the second half with an angled volley which was well saved as Chelsea cruised to victory.


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