Wednesday April 6, 2011 Quarter-final Finished Stamford Bridge

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  1. Rooney gives United lead

    Rooney gives United lead

    An away goal from Wayne Rooney gave Manchester United a 1-0 first-leg win in their Champions League quarter-final against Chelsea. More

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    Time:90'
    • Chelsea
    • Manchester United
    • 90+3 That's it! United seal the win, their first at Chelsea in eight years! Advantage to the Mancunians, and with some controversy!
    • 90+3 Torres goes down under a challenge from Valencia and the ref blows! But it's a dive says the ref! Yellow card.
    • 90+2 Hmmm. The replay confirms my thought - Evra hooked a leg across, missed the ball and took Ramires out. That would have been a red card too!
    • 90+1 NO PENALTY! Lampard plays Ramires in and Evra slides across with a tackle and that was definitely a penalty! Drama, and the wrong decision.
    • 90' Anelka with a low effort that skips off the turf and is easy for Van der Sar at the nar post.
    • 89' Lampard wide to Malouda, he can't get past Valencia though who looks a decent right back.
    • 89' Evra picked up a knock with his act of bravery, Vidic allowed to take the goal kick this time.
    • 88' Great defending by Evra to get ahead of his mate Anelka after a wicked cross from Malouda.
    • 87' Nani races away showing great pace to get away from Ivanovic but Cech flies out to claim at his feet.
    • 86' Chelsea are surprisingly patient given the circumstances as they try to play their way in - Mikel lofts one in but Ferdinand clears.
    • 84' Ivanovic with a superb run forward and a low drive but straight at Van der Sar again, no Rob Green moment for him.
    • 82' Free-kick Chelsea five yards from the edge of the box, a touch to the left of centre... Lampard strikes it low but Van der Sar gobbles it up.
    • 81' Ferdinand with a high boot, he gets the ball but also hits Malouda in the shoulder so a free-kick is the correct decision. Malouda's boot was high but he did not leave it in, Ferdinand did.
    • 80' Van der Sar is booked for time wasting, which is very harsh as he was asking Vidic to take the goal kick - he had a groin strain at the weekend so surely is entitled to ask a team-mate to take a goal kick later in a game?
    • 79' Chelsea have a free-kick on the left now, Lampard flings it in, great ball and Anelka gets a slight touch but Van der Sar has it covered as he lets it fly wide.
    • 79' CHELSEA SUB: Mikel on for Bosingwa.
    • 78' UNITED SUB: Berbatov on for Hernandez. United's top scorer this season has only been used fleetingly in recent months.
    • 77' Anelka wide to Bosingwa, he takes on Park but stands it up, back to Anelka, Malouda shoots, deflected to Ramires but his cross is hoofed away by Vidic. Chelsea piling it on!!
    • 76' Hernandez is told to get up after claiming he was shoved by Terry.
    • 75' Torres flicks it on to Anelka but the Frenchman's touch is heavy. Bosingwa has it now and sends in a great cross for TORRES WITH THE HEADER BUT A GREAT SAVE BY VAN DER SAR, DIVING ACROSS TO HIS LEFT TO CLAW IT AWAY!
    • 74' Vidic with a block on Ramires and it's a yellow card for the Serb.
    • 73' Evra gets treatment - he blocked Bosingwa's cross with his face.
    • 72' Malouda immediately shows his worth with a sweeping ball wide to Bosingwa. His cross is blocked but it's back to Ramires, super ball through the middle and Torres slides in but Rio holds him off and it bounces away for a goal kick!
    • 71' CHELSEA DOUBLE SUB: Drogba and Zhirkov off for Anelka and Malouda. Le Drog is not amused.
    • 70' JUST WIDE FROM ESSIEN! A half-volley low through a crowd of players and, with Van der Sar static, it flies outside the right-hand post.
    • 69' Giggs's corner is cleared by Terry. Evra shoots but weak and blocked, now Giggs takes on Ramires but it ricochets off the Welshman and wide for a goal kick.
    • 68' Nani again in on the right as United hit Chelsea on the break. His cross is too deep but Bosingwa heads behind anyway, taking no chances there.
    • 67' Carrick shows hunger to slide in, Rooney wide to Nani, United all over Chelsea and he crosses AND HERNANDEZ but Cech gets a hand on it to take it away from him!
    • 66' Rooney with a backheel to Carrick, who is fouled by Essien, who is finally booked.
    • 64' Drogba then fails to chase the ball when Vidic gets in ahead of him. Frustration.
    • 63' Drogba leaves Evra for dead but he plays a terrible cross straight at Vidic. He's as frustrated as the fans with that. Torres was prime for that.
    • 62' Giggs with a stepover that Rooney doesn't read. Chelsea break but Hernandez tracks back, winning the ball and drawing a foul from Drogba.
    • 61' Bosingwa puts the ball behind for a corner to United but Giggs mis-kicks it, seeming to it an object on the turf, and plays it straight back to Chelsea.
    • 61' Oh. Barca have just got another. 4-1. So good!
    • 60' Ramires clatters into Evra and is booked.
    • 59' A little interlude from Barca-Shakhtar - Barca went 3-0 up but the Ukrainian/Brazilian side have pulled back a vital away goal.
    • 58' Bosingwa tries to round Park but the Korean slides in and rebounds the ball off the Portuguese, goal kick United.
    • 57' Poor delivery from Lampard though, cleared at the near post, put back in by Lampard though, Drogba flicks it up and pulls off a super bicycle kick but wide! Great effort!
    • 56' Zhirkov aims a cross for Drogba, good ball, and Vidic has to nod it behind for a corner.
    • 55' United have a goal kick after Drogba fails to keep the ball in. Rooney has the ball in the back of the net after a one-two with Hernandez, but the Mexican was offside as he got inside Cole.
    • 54' Free-kick to Chelsea on the right... Drogba fools everyone with a low ball in for Ramires but hacked away as he prepares to shoot.
    • 53' Evra inside to Park, now Giggs, now Evra again, Park to Rooney but cleared by Chelsea. Nani has a pop from a long way out but it's a daisy cutter and easy for Cech.
    • 52' Rafael is stretchered off. Valencia tucks into right back and Nani comes on for the right wing. Four United wingers on the pitch now, including Giggs and Park.
    • 51' Rafael has gone down again, looks like his night is over.
    • 51' Evra slips and keeps the ball in for Droba, who lofts in a great cross AND RAMIRES but the header is angled incorrectly and flies well wide!
    • 50' Zhirkov slides a ball wide to Cole but his cross is poor. Rafael limps back into the fold.
    • 49' Not sure what's wrong with Rafael, possibly a dead leg, but he's up and on the touchline.
    • 49' Bizarrely Drogba is lectured fby the ref for that clash with Rafael when the Brazilian was a touch late, leaving himself there to block Drogba who obviously took him out, being twice his size.
    • 48' Drogba and Rafael collide, Zhirkov comes away with it, he plays in a low ball that Evra almost shanks into the path of Ramires but the Frenchman clears.
    • 47' Giggs lifts a ball out to Valencia, who slides a pass along for Hernandez but the ball has too much pace for the Mexican and it's out for a Chelsea throw.
    • 46' The second half is underway.
    • 45+2 Rafael and Drogba tangle but the ref blows for half time before it gets moody. Half-time and United lead, but Chelsea get back in it late in the half!
    • 45+1 Lampard drills a loose ball in but blocked by Evra I think! Panic in the United box as Chelsea suddenly find their mojo!
    • 45' Drogba on the left, super turn and cross AND TORRES FOR HIS FIRST GOAL BUT NO! OFF THE POST! LAMPARD MUST SCORE BUT NO! Evra blocks on the line!
    • 45' Hernandez lays it off to Rooney who angles a crisp drive on goal but Cech is well placed to claim. United have played the better football.
    • 44' Rooney wide to Valencia, back to Carrick but blocked. Rooney tries to shoot, now Evra on the left but the cross is cleared. Giggs plays it in but Lampard clears - only for Chelsea to give it away.
    • 43' Valencia finds Park on the right but his low pass is poor, straight to Ivanovic.
    • 41' Good flat delivery from Drogba but Ivanovic can't head it on. United break, Rooney released on the left but his shot is blocked. Rooney gets it back and he crosses for HERNANDEZ WITH THE HEADER but it bounces a foot wide!!
    • 40' Giggs bodychecks Ivanovic and Chelsea have a free-kick on the right.
    • 39' Lampard is almost played in but the pass is rolled beyond him and Vidic lets it run to Van der Sar.
    • 38' Essien gets outside Rooney on the Chelsea left but Ferdinand is there to head the cross away.
    • 37' Ferdinand long for Hernandez but Cech claims easily and launches the counter immediately. Nothing doing though as United snuff it out.
    • 36' United keep ball for a spell as Rafael sends Valencia away, good cross but Ivanovic hooks it out for a throw.
    • 35' Zhirkov is booked for a very high boot while he and Hernandez flew in for a high ball.
    • 34' Lampard with a super ball to Torres on the right and he races in, Vidic comes in and Torres hits the deck... goal kick. United are furious, they think Torres dived but he's insisting he didn't. No contact either way, and Torres did not appeal.
    • 33' Essien's finish hits Carrick and floats into Van der Sar's arms after Terry acted as impromptu playmaker with some neat feet and a lay-off to the Ghanaian.
    • 32' Rafael has to put behind his own goal after a great low cross from Bosingwa. Torres failed to attack it though. Corner, but Hernandez heads Zhirkov's ball out for a throw.
    • 31' Jeers from the away fans as Torres mis-kicks a bicycle kick after some lovely interplay with Zhirkov. Promising though...
    • 31' Valencia fouls Cole this time and Chelsea take it too quickly... Now Lampard keeps it short. He gets it back but telegraphs a pass to Giggs. United give it away though. Scrappy.
    • 30' A couple of aimless long ones from either keeper eat up a minute or so.
    • 29' A lull in play, as is required after a frantic quarter hour and an equally zippy opening 10 minutes...
    • 28' Rooney is fine though as he skins a very wooden-looking Essien but runs into Ivanovic.
    • 27' Ramires catches Rooney late but play-on as United retain possession. Eventually there's a handball and play is stopped. That was very late again, but again no card - I was mistaken re: Essien.
    • 26' FACT: Wayne Rooney has scored in the Champions League quarter-final for five years in a row.
    • 25' Wayne Rooney, after a season that can best be described as 'indifferent', is finding his best form right when it counts. Chelsea are scrapping in midfield as Ramires finds Drogba, who flies into Rafael... and concedes a goal kick.
    • 24' GOAL UNITED! Rooney! Who'd have thunk it! A sweeping Hollywood pass from Carrick to Giggs on the left, who leaves Bosingwa for dead with a quite superb first touch and finds Rooney with an even better cut-back - Rooney crashes it in off the post, picking his spot perfectly. Super goal.
    • 23' Drogba heads it away but United get the ball back...
    • 23' Rooney settles for a corner after Hernandez's looped ball strikes a defender. Vidic, Ferdinand and co. stride upfield...
    • 22' A weak flick by Lampard lets Ferdinand knock it back to Van der Sar. He clears and Cole gives away a free-kick, shoving Valencia in the back.
    • 21' The corner is cleared by United and Zhirkov fouls Valencia as he tried to run it. Quickly taken, Rooney wide to Hernandez, back into Rooney in the area but a poor second touch takes it away from goal and he runs it out.
    • 20' TIPPED OVER BY VAN DER SAR! Super smashing, crashing effort from Drogba after a sweet first touch that took him into the rigth-hand side of the box. Good passing before too.
    • 19' Valencia catches Torres a bit late and Chelsea have a free-kick. Taken short, Bosingwa wide, good run past Evra but a poor cross spins behind.
    • 18' Torres misplaces a pass and Carrick brings it forward. The move loses impetus and Chelsea break only for Torres's pass to hit Carrick.
    • 17' Taken short but awfully, straight to a Chelsea player. Zhirkov brings it away.
    • 16' The corner is half-cleared and Park hits it low through the crowd, deflected off Bosingwa I think and wide for another corner.
    • 16' United with some good possession as Evra on the left 'does' Bosingwa but runs into Essien, who is chased down by Evra and clumsily puts it behind for a corner.
    • 15' Essien again gives it away, and then fouls Giggs, 35 yards out. The vetran winger feigns to take but then Rooney knocks it wide to Valencia, quick cross to Park and Hernandez almost connects but half cleared...
    • 14' Drogba turns on halfway but excellent defending - and pace - from Carrick to get goal-side of him and draw the foul.
    • 13' Good tackle by Essien on Park but he gives it away and in runs Rafael, but a heavy touch allows Ivanovic to hoof clear.
    • 12' As expected, Drogba is fine and back on the pitch.
    • 11' Drogba is down with a facial problem... Rio accidentally stroked his eye with a stray finger as they jostled for a high ball. He'll be fine.
    • 10' That blistering start has cooled somewhat, with a cagier approach now being taken from both sides. Softly softly, catchee monkey.
    • 9' Torres with a clever ball wide to Bosingwa, who surges in but plays a poor cross that doesn't clear the first man Evra. Drogba has it now, and Torres crosses but it's poor and out for a goal kick.
    • 8' Quick release from Van der Sar after Rafael intercepts ahead of Drogba. United don't use the time well though and end up playing it about in defence before Bosingwa brings it away.
    • 7' I'm still not sure if Essien was booked for that foul on Rooney - he should have been. Torres drills a low shot in from the right but it's straight at Van der Sar. Evra with the error to let him in.
    • 6' Drogba has a pop from range but row Z is the target, well over.
    • 5' Cool defending by Ferdinand to intercept Terry's pass, bring it around Torres and clear upfield.
    • 4' Electric start then. Both sides look to be throwing caution to the wind. Rooney is up, looks like that was just a knock.
    • 3' Rooney is left in a heap by a late challenge from Essien but play on! United keep the ball and Hernandez is in down the left but his cross has no Rooney to find, with the England striker in pain on halfway. I think the referee has pulled Essien back for a card you know... He left his foot in after Rooney passed the ball and caught the top of his boot.
    • 2' Lampard wide to Zhirkov, a surprise start tonight. Now Torres switches the play to Bosingwa, super near-post cross AND TORRES DIVES IN but a brilliant interception from Ferdinand!
    • 1' Torres is the nemesis of Vidic, well he was at Liverpool, and the Spaniard forces the Serb into a clearance to touch.
    • 1' The first half is underway on a crisp and lush Stamford Bridge pitch. Sometimes the British weather has its uses - moist and breezy for a few days and warm today.
    • 19:40 Chelsea counterpart Carlo Ancelotti thinks his side are better equipped to succeed in Europe than at this time last year - even though they were dominant in England. "We are stronger than last season because we are in the quarter-final and we have the possibility to move on. To beat United we have to be at our best. The moment is good. The players are fit, are in good condition and motivated. We have to take our chance."
    • 19:35 Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson insists their 2008 final win over Chelsea has been parked firmly at the back of the memory - by both teams. "I don't believe players think about revenge," said Ferguson. "Something that happened three years ago goes out of your mind quite quickly. The main ambition for any team is to win the cup. The motivation is greater to the match than to think about what happened in the past." More here!
    • 19:30 Tonight's odds - Chelsea 11/10, Draw 11/5, Man Utd 11/4
    • 19:25 Tonight's referee is the somewhat strict Alberto Undiano Mallenco of Spain. Interesting.
    • 19:20 FACT: Chelsea have been drawn against English opponents seven times previously in the Champions League. Of the six knockout rounds, they have come through three times out of six.
    • 19:15 FACT: Manchester United have won all four times in Europe where they have been drawn against English opposition, including the 2008 Champions League final against Chelsea; BUT Carlo Ancelotti has won all three Premier League games with Chelsea against Manchester United.
    • 19:10 A day of landmarks for Chelsea - in addition Lampard's landmark, Michael Essien gets his 200th Chelsea game while it is Carlo Ancelotti's 100th match in charge.
    • 19:05 It's a 500th appearance for Chelsea for Frank Lampard, while Fernando Torres gets the nod over Nicolas Anelka despite not having scored since joining from Liverpool over five weeks ago. Yuri Zhirkov, who won the winning penalty in the Chelsea-United Premier League fixture last month, starts ahead of Florent Malouda and Salomon Kalou. Yossi Benayoun is also on the bench for the first time since his Achilles injury. David Luiz is cup-tied.
    • 19:00 Chelsea team: Cech, Bosingwa, Ivanovic, Terry, Cole, Essien, Lampard, Ramires, Zhirkov, Torres, Drogba; Subs: Turnbull, Ferreira, Mikel, Benayoun, Malouda, Kalou, Anelka
    • 18:55 So that is a first start for Rio since early February - not bad given we all thought his season was over at the time. Javier Hernandez gets the nod over Dimitar Berbatov as United start with an orthodox-looking 4-4-2, although Rooney will drop deeper at times. Looks like they're going for the away goal! Edwin van der Sar starts in place of Kuszczak.
    • 18:50 Manchester United team: Van der Sar, Rafael, Ferdinand, Vidic, Evra, Carrick, Giggs, Valencia, Park, Rooney, Hernandez; Subs: Kuszczak, Evans, Smalling, Gibson, Nani, Scholes, Berbatov
    • 18:45 Good evening and welcome to the biggie - Chelsea host Manchester United in an all-English Champions League quarter-final, the first leg kicking off at Stamford Bridge at 7.45pm UK time.
  • Summary

    • 90+1 NO PENALTY! Lampard plays Ramires in and Evra slides across with a tackle and that was definitely a penalty! Drama, and the wrong decision.
    • 87' Nani races away showing great pace to get away from Ivanovic but Cech flies out to claim at his feet.
    • 75' Torres flicks it on to Anelka but the Frenchman's touch is heavy. Bosingwa has it now and sends in a great cross for TORRES WITH THE HEADER BUT A GREAT SAVE BY VAN DER SAR, DIVING ACROSS TO HIS LEFT TO CLAW IT AWAY!
    • 72' Malouda immediately shows his worth with a sweeping ball wide to Bosingwa. His cross is blocked but it's back to Ramires, super ball through the middle and Torres slides in but Rio holds him off and it bounces away for a goal kick!
    • 70' JUST WIDE FROM ESSIEN! A half-volley low through a crowd of players and, with Van der Sar static, it flies outside the right-hand post.
    • 67' Carrick shows hunger to slide in, Rooney wide to Nani, United all over Chelsea and he crosses AND HERNANDEZ but Cech gets a hand on it to take it away from him!
    • 57' Poor delivery from Lampard though, cleared at the near post, put back in by Lampard though, Drogba flicks it up and pulls off a super bicycle kick but wide! Great effort!
    • 55' United have a goal kick after Drogba fails to keep the ball in. Rooney has the ball in the back of the net after a one-two with Hernandez, but the Mexican was offside as he got inside Cole.
    • 51' Evra slips and keeps the ball in for Droba, who lofts in a great cross AND RAMIRES but the header is angled incorrectly and flies well wide!
    • 45+1 Lampard drills a loose ball in but blocked by Evra I think! Panic in the United box as Chelsea suddenly find their mojo!
    • 45' Drogba on the left, super turn and cross AND TORRES FOR HIS FIRST GOAL BUT NO! OFF THE POST! LAMPARD MUST SCORE BUT NO! Evra blocks on the line!
    • 41' Good flat delivery from Drogba but Ivanovic can't head it on. United break, Rooney released on the left but his shot is blocked. Rooney gets it back and he crosses for HERNANDEZ WITH THE HEADER but it bounces a foot wide!!
    • 34' Lampard with a super ball to Torres on the right and he races in, Vidic comes in and Torres hits the deck... goal kick. United are furious, they think Torres dived but he's insisting he didn't. No contact either way, and Torres did not appeal.
    • 24' GOAL UNITED! Rooney! Who'd have thunk it! A sweeping Hollywood pass from Carrick to Giggs on the left, who leaves Bosingwa for dead with a quite superb first touch and finds Rooney with an even better cut-back - Rooney crashes it in off the post, picking his spot perfectly. Super goal.
    • 20' TIPPED OVER BY VAN DER SAR! Super smashing, crashing effort from Drogba after a sweet first touch that took him into the rigth-hand side of the box. Good passing before too.
    • 2' Lampard wide to Zhirkov, a surprise start tonight. Now Torres switches the play to Bosingwa, super near-post cross AND TORRES DIVES IN but a brilliant interception from Ferdinand!
    • 19:00 Chelsea team: Cech, Bosingwa, Ivanovic, Terry, Cole, Essien, Lampard, Ramires, Zhirkov, Torres, Drogba; Subs: Turnbull, Ferreira, Mikel, Benayoun, Malouda, Kalou, Anelka
    • 18:55 So that is a first start for Rio since early February - not bad given we all thought his season was over at the time. Javier Hernandez gets the nod over Dimitar Berbatov as United start with an orthodox-looking 4-4-2, although Rooney will drop deeper at times. Looks like they're going for the away goal! Edwin van der Sar starts in place of Kuszczak.
    • 18:50 Manchester United team: Van der Sar, Rafael, Ferdinand, Vidic, Evra, Carrick, Giggs, Valencia, Park, Rooney, Hernandez; Subs: Kuszczak, Evans, Smalling, Gibson, Nani, Scholes, Berbatov

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