Tuesday March 1, 2011 Day 18 Finished Stamford Bridge

Chelsea 2 - 1 Manchester United

  • David Luiz 54’
  • Lampard 79’ (pen.)
  • Rooney 30’

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  1. Was Fergie's fury justified?

    Was Fergie's fury justified?

    Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson launched a furious rant at the match officials after Chelsea beat his side 2-1 at Stamford Bridge. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Chelsea
    • Manchester United
    • 90+5' FULL TIME: Chelsea 2-1 Manchester United. The champions come from behind to defeat the leaders. Thanks for joining us.
    • 90+4' Chelsea win a corner as they're on the brink of a much-needed victory.
    • 90+3' RED CARD: Vidic is sent off for a foul on Ramires on the edge of the box, his second yellow.
    • 90+2' Giggs picks up a yellow card for a foul on Drogba, who was trying to run down the clock.
    • 91' Drogba wins another free-kick out of Vidic that will eat up precious seconds.
    • 90' Four minutes of stoppage time to be played.
    • 89' United are asking questions but just need a break inside the box as we approach injury time.
    • 88' Fletcher gets a shot all wrong when the ball drops to him outside the box.
    • 87' Fabio creeps into the box to stick out a leg to a Rooney pass but Cech is out to smother safely.
    • 86' Fletcher's pass goes astray and United are running out of time to get something out of this.
    • 85' Cech gets a Giggs cross after punching the corner back to the veteran.
    • 84' Giggs flights a lovely ball to Berbatov and he wins a corner off Zhirkov.
    • 83' Ramires beats Fabio and his cross leads to another corner off Vidic.
    • 82' Zhirkov is making some impact here - he gets in a volley from the corner that hits Vidic and then a post and flies behind for another flag-kick.
    • 82' Vidic is across to snuff out a counter-attack as Torres looks to collect a Cole pass - corner to the hosts.
    • 81' Jose Bosingwa comes on for Luiz to spare him any second yellow card. Fabio is on for Evra.
    • 80' Luiz gets in a block on Nani - United will feel aggrieved about how things have panned out.
    • 79' Lampard blasts it high into the net and Chelsea have the lead. 2-1 to the home side.
    • 78' PENALTY! Atkinson points to the spot after Zhirkov goes to ground when trying to run past Smalling. It's a hugely controversial decision.
    • 78' Evra hits a cross straight at Cech after a patient move saw Rooney play him in.
    • 76' Drogba tries an ambitious overhead shot that loops over the bar. Luiz is lucky to avoid a second yellow card for that trip on Rooney.
    • 76' Rooney is grounded after another late tackle by Luiz but play is continuing. Ferguson is furious on the touchline.
    • 75' Rooney holds off Luiz to turn and shoot at Cech after a pass by Giggs gives him the chance to outmuscle the Brazil international.
    • 74' Essien is cautioned for a trip on Evra.
    • 74' Drogba takes the free-kick on himself but he clubs it well off target.
    • 73' Drogba wins a foul out of Vidic to earn a free-kick in a dangerous position.
    • 72' Ivanovic can't get his shot right from Lampard's corner and the ball goes behind for a goal-kick.
    • 71' Drogba has a shot deflected behind for a corner and he tries to whip the fans up behind the goal.
    • 71' Chelsea also make a change with Yuri Zhirkov replacing Malouda.
    • 70' Giggs and Berbatov replace Hernandez and Scholes. Giggs equals Charlton's league appearance as we said earlier.
    • 70' Vidic makes an important block as Chelsea threaten again.
    • 69' Terry does well to beat Rooney and Fletcher but his pass goes out for a goal-kick.
    • 68' Torres is flagged offside as he reaches a Drogba pass. It's the right call.
    • 67' Hernandez concedes a foul after some good work by O'Shea at the other end.
    • 65' Carrick loses the ball to Malouda but he's forced wide and Smalling ends up heading away from his own six-yard box. It could go either way here.
    • 64' Rooney combines well with Nani but goes for goal from an improbable angle when he should really have tried a cross. A great opening for the league leaders but it flew well wide in the end.
    • 63' Rooney has a goal disallowed, he's offside after Terry appeared to be caught out. The whistle went nice and early from Atkinson.
    • 63' Torres bends a shot off target after Smalling makes a nervous headed clearance straight to the £50m man.
    • 62' Terry dives to block a Carrick shot - it's bubbling up nicely now. A great advert for the Premier League.
    • 61' Drogba is on for Anelka as Chelsea look to complete a turnaround at Stamford Bridge.
    • 60' Luiz does go in the book now for a crude challenge from behind on Rooney.
    • 60' Anelka shows clever footwork and shapes to shoot. It takes a big deflection but has little power and van der Sar gathers.
    • 59' Drogba has finished his warm-up - what a weapon he is to have on the bench.
    • 58' Torres slides in to rob Scholes but at the expense of a goal-kick. The crowd loved it though.
    • 57' Hernandez is now down after flicking the ball on. Luiz took him out with his shoulder but play was allowed to continue.
    • 56' Evra limps onto the touchline so there could be a change in the pipeline.
    • 55' Chelsea really needed that goal - Evra is down inside the box but he was slow to get out to block the shot in truth.
    • 54' GOAL! Luiz flashes in a volley at the far post to level the scores. A thumping finish from the defender after Ivanovic helps on an Essien cross. 1-1.
    • 53' Chelsea are controlling the midfield but United are still looking to spring forward on the counter attack.
    • 52' Rooney curls a shot well wide after great tenacity by Evra down the left.
    • 50' Lampard's free-kick runs all the way through to van der Sar, who is down to save again.
    • 49' Rooney gets a return pass to Hernandez wrong and he's furious with himself as the Mexican would have been away.
    • 48' Torres picks out Cole flying down the left but his first-time cross is easily held by van der Sar.
    • 47' Rooney can't get on the end of a clever scooped ball by Carrick.
    • 46' Carrick makes an important challenge after Fletcher lost the ball on the edge of his own box.
    • 46' Chelsea get us back underway. That was Rooney's first goal from outside the box since at Newcastle in February 2008.
    • 45+2' HALF TIME: Chelsea 0-1 Manchester United. Rooney gets the goal but Chelsea mounted a spirited response as the half wore on.
    • 45+1' Cole lifts the set-piece over the bar and van der Sar watches it pass him by.
    • 44' Vidic is cautioned for a trip on Essien on the edge of the box. A free-kick in a dangerous position.
    • 43' Malouda skies a cross after turning O'Shea with ease. He should've done better.
    • 42' Malouda, who had an effort after that scramble, can't get any pace in a shot that van der Sar saves comfortably.
    • 41' Vidic helped to block the ball on the line and United preserve their slender lead.
    • 40' Torres collides with Evra and the free-kick goes to Chelsea. Lampard's shot is kept out by van der Sar and somehow Ivanovic can't scramble in the rebound. Big chance.
    • 39' Chelsea are keeping the ball comfortably as they look to carve out an opening.
    • 37' Cech gathers a free-kick that appeared to flick off Rooney. No major scare for the keeper.
    • 36' Malouda tries another cross but Anelka can't reach it and United have a goal-kick.
    • 35' Malouda's cross causes problems but it's eventually hacked away.
    • 34' Ivanovic and Nani are spoken to by referee Atkinson after a minor spat.
    • 33' Five in his last five league games now for Rooney, it may have flicked off Cech rather than the post on viewing a replay.
    • 32' Torres overhits a cross and then tries his luck from distance to no avail as the ball flies wide.
    • 31' Terry has to make an important challenge to stop Rooney racing through.
    • 30' Rooney takes the acclaim of the away fans - he was being jeered by the home faithful after going to ground inside the box during the previous move.
    • 29' GOAL! Rooney silences Stamford Bridge with a brilliant drive that kisses the post on the way in. Nani with yet another assist and it caps a great spell of pressure from the leaders.
    • 29' United press again with Hernandez and Evra fizzing over threatening crosses.
    • 28' Luiz is okay to continue - the play is broken up after a decent spell for the visitors.
    • 27' Luiz drops to the floor some time after an Evra shot thumps into him.
    • 27' Luiz clears a dangerous cross from Fletcher after Terry gave away possession cheaply.
    • 26' Nani is caught as he plays a one-two with Evra. Atkinson blows up when he should have allowed the advantage.
    • 25' Cech catches the corner with ease but United attack again until Lampard makes a tenacious tackle on Nani.
    • 25' United win their first corner as Branislav Ivanovic can't keep the ball in.
    • 23' Smalling nods it behind for another corner, Chelsea's fourth of the night. Nani heads away Frank Lampard's cross.
    • 23' Vidic heads behind for another Chelsea corner. Pressure on the United defence.
    • 23' Rooney barges Ramires to the floor to concede a free-kick.
    • 22' Cole intercepts a Scholes pass with a neat header back to Petr Cech.
    • 21' Nani does superbly on the left to flight in a cross onto Rooney's head but it's a dreadful attempt by the striker who gets it all wrong.
    • 20' Torres tries to show some skills but Scholes nips it away and the ex-Liverpool man loses out.
    • 19' Nani fouls Essien after a couple of throw-ins to United on their left flank.
    • 18' Fletcher can't keep in a pass by Nani - the Scot is playing out on the right at the moment.
    • 16' Anelka isolates Vidic but drags his shot across goal. Chances at both ends.
    • 16' Evra gets down the left after good play by Hernandez but his cross evades Rooney.
    • 15' O'Shea tackles Cole to the delight of the away fans.
    • 14' A disguised free-kick by Nani is headed on by Rooney but cleared by Cole when Carrick is guilty of a poor pass.
    • 13' Ramires is booked for going through Carrick with a rough sliding tackle. Thoroughly deserved.
    • 12' Terry gets on the end of the flag-kick but loops his header over the top.
    • 12' Malouda gets past Scholes and feeds Essien gets the ball out of his feet to fire a deflected shot off target. Corner.
    • 11' Terry may well have got away with handling a Nani shot during the early flurry - it would've been harsh but he did lean into it.
    • 10' Paul Scholes gets away with a poor first touch as Anelka threatens. The veteran manages to nick the ball off the Frenchman.
    • 9' Van der Sar collects a long ball forward and gets United started on the attack.
    • 8' United feel they should have a foul when Cole clatters into Carrick but play continues.
    • 8' Vidic is back to clear up again - he's going to be a busy man tonight.
    • 6' It's been a bright start with Chelsea looking particularly lively.
    • 5' Florent Malouda gets in a shot on target but it's well fielded by Edwin van der Sar.
    • 4' Luiz easily cuts out an underhit cross by Hernandez.
    • 3' Vidic beats Torres in a challenge and ends up winning a free kick.
    • 3' Both sides have already mounted decent attacks - it was Luiz who was penalised from the corner.
    • 2' The ball is in the net but the whistle has long gone by Atkinson following the corner.
    • 1' Torres gets an early touch and Vidic mops up at the back for the Red Devils, conceding a corner.
    • 1' United kick off..
    • 19:43 The champions will be determined to put on a show in front of their home fans but it's also crucial Chelsea finish in the top four so these are important points at stake. Remember the Blues also still have to play at Old Trafford.
    • 19:42 John Terry and Nemanja Vidic are poised in the tunnel and we're ready to go.
    • 19:40 The tension builds as we await the two teams coming out onto the pitch.
    • 19:38 Carlo Ancelotti says Ferguson has the right attitude in coming to Stamford Bridge looking for the three points rather than playing for a draw.
    • 19:35 The players are starting to head back to the dressing room as the atmosphere begins to build.
    • 19:32 "This watching business is killing me," Tweets Ferdinand. He will be hopeful of returning for the trip to Liverpool on Sunday.
    • 19:30 It could be a stormy affair. There have been 48 yellow cards and one red in the last seven league meetings between Chelsea and United and average of seven cards per game, whereas they would normally average a 1.5 each per match.
    • 19:27 A reminder we kick off at 7.45pm so not long to go now.
    • 19:25 The Red Devils have scored the most headed goals in the Premier League (14) while Chelsea have conceded the joint-fewest (4).
    • 19:22 Both sides have a centre-half with little experience of these big Premier League showdowns. Luiz plays for Chelsea after his big-money move from Benfica with Chris Smalling continuing to deputise for the injured Rio Ferdinand. Smalling once scored an own goal on his full league debut for Fulham against the Blues.
    • 19:18 Chelsea are favourites to win tonight - odds: Chelsea 5/4 Draw 23/10 Man United 13/5.
    • 19:16 If Ryan Giggs comes off the bench, he will equal Sir Bobby Charlton's league appearance for the Red Devils - at the same ground where the World Cup winner ended his career.
    • 19:15 Hernandez scored in his first competitive game for United against Chelsea in this season's Community Shield.
    • 19:12 Drogba misses out again for Chelsea with Ramires likely to be asked to play on the right-hand side of midfield. Torres has a good record against United - three goals in his last four Premier League appearances against them.
    • 19:10 Ferguson must've been impressed with the performance at Wigan but top scorer Berbatov is left kicking his heels again on the bench. Hernandez, who scored twice at the DW Stadium, will look to get in behind John Terry and David Luiz.
    • 19:09 As expected, both Ashley Cole and Wayne Rooney start despite being in the headlines for the wrong reasons over the weekend.
    • 19:08 Chelsea's subs: Drogba, McEachran, Mikel, Bosingwa, Zhirkov, Turnbull, Kalou.
    • 19:05 United's substitutes are: Brown, Berbatov, Giggs, Fabio, Rafael, Kuszczak, Gibson.
    • 19:02 TEAMS: CHELSEA: Cech; Ivanovic, Cole, Luiz, Terry; Ramires, Essien, Lampard, Malouda; Anelka, Torres. MAN UTD: Van der Sar; O'Shea, Evra, Vidic, Smalling; Fletcher, Carrick, Scholes; Nani, Rooney, Hernandez. Subs to follow.
    • 19:00 So United will line up with van der Sar; O'Shea, Evra, Vidic, Smalling; Fletcher, Carrick, Scholes; Nani, Rooney, Hernandez. Chelsea's full team to follow with all the subs.
    • 18:58 It's the first time in 165 matches that Sir Alex Ferguson has named an unchanged XI.
    • 18:57 Nicolas Anelka and Fernando Torres start in attack for the hosts.
    • 18:56 United look set to announce an unchanged line-up with Javier Hernandez getting the nod ahead of Dimitar Berbatov and John O'Shea continuing at right-back.
    • 18:55 Referee Martin Atkinson, who officiated this fixture last term, has awarded the most penalties (10) and brandished the most red cards (9) in the Premier League this season.
    • 18:53 United have the best attack in the Premier League, having scored 61 goals while Chelsea have the best defence, shipping just 22.
    • 18:50 United have not won on their last eight trips to Stamford Bridge and Chelsea did the double over them last season.
    • 18:49 We'll have the two line-ups as soon as they're confirmed. There's rumours circulating about United's XI doing the rounds but nothing official as of yet.
    • 18:47 It's a huge game for both clubs but the Blues really need to win if they are to have any sort of hope of retaining the Premier League trophy.
    • 18:45 Chelsea take on Manchester United in tonight's big game at Stamford Bridge after the original clash was postponed before Christmas.
  • Summary

    • 90+3' RED CARD: Vidic is sent off for a foul on Ramires on the edge of the box, his second yellow.
    • 82' Zhirkov is making some impact here - he gets in a volley from the corner that hits Vidic and then a post and flies behind for another flag-kick.
    • 79' Lampard blasts it high into the net and Chelsea have the lead. 2-1 to the home side.
    • 54' GOAL! Luiz flashes in a volley at the far post to level the scores. A thumping finish from the defender after Ivanovic helps on an Essien cross. 1-1.
    • 40' Torres collides with Evra and the free-kick goes to Chelsea. Lampard's shot is kept out by van der Sar and somehow Ivanovic can't scramble in the rebound. Big chance.
    • 29' GOAL! Rooney silences Stamford Bridge with a brilliant drive that kisses the post on the way in. Nani with yet another assist and it caps a great spell of pressure from the leaders.
    • 19:02 TEAMS: CHELSEA: Cech; Ivanovic, Cole, Luiz, Terry; Ramires, Essien, Lampard, Malouda; Anelka, Torres. MAN UTD: Van der Sar; O'Shea, Evra, Vidic, Smalling; Fletcher, Carrick, Scholes; Nani, Rooney, Hernandez. Subs to follow.

Team Line-up & Ratings

  • Line-up

    Live Team Line-Up

    • Starting line-up

      • P. Cech
      • B. Ivanovic
      • David Luiz Goal Yellow Card Substitution Out (81′)
      • J. Terry
      • A. Cole
      • M. Essien Yellow Card
      • Ramires Yellow Card
      • F. Malouda Substitution Out (71′)
      • F. Lampard Goal
      • N. Anelka Substitution Out (61′)
      • F. Torres

      Subs

      • D. Drogba Substitution In61′
      • J. Bosingwa Substitution In81′
      • Paulo Ferreira
      • R. Turnbull
      • Y. Zhirkov Substitution In71′
      • S. Kalou
      • J. McEachran
    • Starting line-up

      • E. van der Sar
      • J. O'Shea
      • C. Smalling
      • N. Vidic Red Card
      • P. Evra Substitution Out (81′)
      • M. Carrick
      • D. Fletcher
      • P. Scholes Substitution Out (70′)
      • J. Hernández Substitution Out (70′)
      • Nani
      • W. Rooney Goal

      Subs

      • W. Brown
      • R. Giggs Substitution In70′ Yellow Card
      • D. Berbatov Substitution In70′
      • T. Kuszczak
      • D. Gibson
      • Fábio Substitution In81′
      • Rafael
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