Sunday February 5, 2012 Day 24 Finished Stamford Bridge

Chelsea 3 - 3 Manchester United

  • Evans 36’ (o.g.)
  • Mata 46’
  • David Luiz 50’
  • Rooney 58’ (pen.), 69’ (pen.)
  • Hernández 84’

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  1. United comeback stuns Chelsea

    United comeback stuns Chelsea

    Manchester United came from three goals down to draw 3-3 at Chelsea in a pulsating Premier League match at Stamford Bridge. More

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    Time:90'
    • Chelsea
    • Manchester United
    • - Don't forget you can watch highlights of this match, along with every Premier League game, from 00:01 on Monday morning (UK only).
    • - Phew. I feel like I've aged a couple of years after that! Hearts in mouths all round I think. If you want to chat to me about that humdinger, yelp and the rest on Twitter @Reda_Eurosport. FOLLOW HERE!
    • 90+5 United clear the corner and the whistle goes! What a game!
    • 90+4 WHAT SAVE BY DE GEA AGAIN! Cahill with a trademark piledriver form range but tipped over!
    • 90+4 A lofted ball plays Hernandez in but he is offside.
    • 90+3 Evra and Giggs combine to win a corner on the left. Yikes! Giggs to take... Ferdinand flies in and misses it, Torres almost handles but it bounces clear! Now Carrick hits a low one but Cech gathers.
    • 90+2 WHAT A SAVE BY DE GEA! Not all bad. Brilliant free-kick from Mata curling into the top right but De Gea flies across like some kind of acrobat to tip behind.
    • 90+1 A soft free-kick as Scholes clips Luiz around 25 yards out... 'C'est sa distance', as the French said about Juninho. Mata is over it...
    • 90' Four minutes have been added on. Squeaky bums anyone?
    • 89' United cleared that corner comfortably. I can see a winner though, and would quite like one - for whom is not important.
    • 88' Ferdinand heads behind for a corner. Still time for a De Gea blunder... Oops, did I just say that? HAVE YOUR SAY ON THIS MONSTER GAME!
    • 87' There are Chelsea fans going home. Yeah, don't come back.
    • 86' Anything could happen now - Chelsea did not really deserve to be 3-0 up, but this is some comeback - and some capitulation. Meireles, meanwhile, flies in to head wide from eight yards. Uunder pressure and ahead of the play a bit though.
    • 85' Well, Superb run and cross from Valencia, Rooney traps it and fires in a super shot, well-saved by Cech, it drops to Giggs on the left whose perfect cross is headed in by Hernandez. You are bleeping kidding me. Poor marking but a wicked cross by the old man.
    • 84' GOAL UNITED! And it's Hernandez! What a comeback!
    • 83' Mata does well to reach a lofted ball wide but United have the throw via Evra.
    • 82' Super ball wide from Giggs to Evra, who wins a corner off Ivanovic. Giggs to takem outwsinger met by Welbeck but well wide from him.
    • 81' Scholes gives it away but Chelsea don't make him pay. Carrick feeds Welbeck but his shot from range is blocked. All United now!
    • 80' United come again though, Scholes to Carrick, now Giggs, keeping it short...
    • 79' Bosingwa on the left is closed down and United bring it clear. Scholes wide but gets it back. Now Carrick moves forward, United patiently building but Luiz brings it away.
    • 78' I'm not sure I can repeat some of the Tweets I am getting re:Webb - remember though, he failed to see Cahill's possible red-card foul on 12 minutes. HAVE YOUR SAY!
    • 77' Ignore the rogue goal icon if it remains - that was not a goal. United clear the corner but Torres is in now, he heads it past one defender, spins past Evans - shoot man! - but he delays and delays and eventually is closed down by Valencia.
    • 76' ESSIEN WITH A HAMMER BUT TIPPED OVER BY DE GEA! Nice lay-off from Torres on the edge of the box.
    • 75' Scholes with a lovely ball wide to Giggs but he doesn't take it down properly and Chelsea counter. That move breaks down though. Enthralling final 15 minutes coming up.
    • 74' Rooney skips past some challenges before almost sliding Welbeck through. Romeu gives it away and Scholes finds Giggs, now Hernandez is in but he drills it across goal and wide! Should have got that on target, free on the right side of the box!
    • 73' Essien takes it into the corner to win a throw - bit early for that? He gets the ball centrally though, but blasts so far wide it goes out for a throw on the other wise.
    • 72' A cross in from the United right almost drops nicely for Rooney but Meireles can clear.
    • 71' United piling it on as you'd expect, Scholes getting on the ball...
    • 70' Malouda is fouled on the left as Chelsea bring on a sub - Sturridge moodily slouches off for Romeu.
    • 69' Rooney for 3-2... and he clips it to the right with Cech going the other way! Game on!
    • 68' PENALTY UNITED! Oh my word, that's a harsh one - Welbeck sticks hit foot out to Ivanovic's leg! The same happened to Fulham yesterday with Adam Johnson!
    • 67' Giggs on the left plays it inside, Rooney and Hernandez exchange passes on the edge of the box and Rooney shoots but Cech gets down to save!
    • 66' Down the other end the ball drops nicely for Rooney, who shoots from 20 yards but drags it wide.
    • 65' Great ball from Luiz to Malouda but a dreadful ball from him - it rebounds to Mata though but his low shot is easy for De Gea.
    • 64' Giggs can't believe he has been penalised for a foul on Luiz. Replay of the third Chelsea goal shows it went in off Ferdinand. Another stroke of luck for Chelsea.
    • 63' UNITED SUB: Adventurous. Scholes on for Rafael, Valencia goes to right-back.
    • 62' Mata on the right, he cuts inside and Chelsea are looking for possession now. Scholes warming up.
    • 61' Rooney is almost played through by Valencia but good defending from Cahill.
    • 59' Malouda with a cute backheel to Essien, who can't shoot. Hernandez is on for United by the way, came on for Young just before the penalty.
    • 58' Looking at the replay that is a penalty all day - Sturridge with a forward's tackle into the ankles of Evra. Too eager.
    • 57' Can Rooney make a game of this... ROOF OF THE NET! 3-1! Is the comeback on?
    • 56' Giggs wide to Evra, who is taken down by Sturridge and United have their penalty - a bit late now though!
    • 55' Torres almost gets in behind the defence but Rafael intercepts. United chasing shadows now.
    • 54' Luiz with a backpass to Cech who clears well - Valencia gives away a free-kick on halfway.
    • 52' It's getting a bit snowy at Stamford Bridge now. United look shell-shocked but that third goal was all about the poor marking - half-zonal, half-man.
    • 51' Evra let Luiz get away from him and Ferdinand couldn't get there in time. That's his first league goal of the season. Somehow United are 3-0 down but credit to Chelsea for the way they started the half.
    • 50' Mata to curl it in with his tasty left foot... AND LUIZ HEADS IT IN! 3-0! Poor marking but a terrific header.
    • 49' Evra, who is not having one of his better games, is booked for leaving Sturridge in a heap. At least he didn't get past him.
    • 48' A great cross from Torres - too much space for him on the right, but a super flighted ball - but what a finish from Mata. Reminds me of a goal Gareth Bale scored a year or so ago.
    • 47' Giggs and Young get their wires crosses but Evans covers for a throw.
    • 46' GOAL CHELSEA! Torres crosses to Mata and a fine volley from the fellow Spaniard at the far post flies past De Gea and in!
    • 46' The second half is underway!
    • - @JooManGroup: "chels is playing better than they have all season, i think all the drama over Webbs supposed bias did cost us a penalty "; david: "As a neutral, the worst person on the pitch is the ref.­ Webb is having a mare, giving free kicks that­ aren't and not giving free kicks that are, and for­ both teams. Must have been bought by City lol."; HAVE YOUR SAY ON TWITTER!
    • - @JM_Villanueva14: "Boswingwa is a Portuguese version of De Gea. Always waiting for a mistake to happen"; @bendavies_beast: "classic chelsea, winning with an own goal, have to say though, cech is really performing today"; @ibrahims52 "this game is like "the tale of the 2 flawed spaniards" they get more attention than the other 20 on the pitch" HAVE YOUR SAY ON TWITTER!
    • - What did you think of that half? Should United have been given a free-kick or penalty for Cahill's tackle on Welbeck, and should Cahill have seen red? Or did he get the ball? Are Chelsea playing well and worth the lead or is the lucky break just that? Is Fernando Torres a ninja? Tell me on Twitter @Reda_Eurosport FOLLOW HERE!
    • 45+3 Taken short, Young wriggles away and crosses but headed wide by Welbeck and it's half-time: Chelsea lead 1-0.
    • 45+2 Giggs short to ROONEY WHO BLASTS IT LOW and tipped wide by Cech! Corner at the end...
    • 45+2 Giggs will play this in. Taken short and he runs with it, tripped by Mata and another free-kick on the left, closer in this time.
    • 45+1 Two minutes added being played. United still dominating and Ivanovic fouls Young late - Rooney is furious as he wanted advantage, Ivanovic is booked anyway.
    • 45' Ivanovic got his foot on the ball but also caught Evra. Taken short, inside to Giggs and wide to Rafael, now Valencia wide right, inside to Carrick breaking forward but hooked clear by Bosingwa.
    • 44' Rooney keeps the ball in down the right but he's all alone. Chelsea can break down the other flank but Giggs brings it clear. Evra bundles forward, going down under pressure from Essien and Ivanovic - belatedly Webb gives a free-kick.
    • 43' United really putting the pressure on now, Chelsea getting men behind the ball but unable to keep it post clearance. Finally they can break, Malouda on the left cuts inside but Carrick intercepts.
    • 42' Torres charges forward, slipping it wide to Malouda but he loses out to Rafael. United swarm forward but overplay it, Young eventually crossing but Luiz nicking it clear.
    • 41' Lovely one-touch play by Rooney and Welbeck, it ricochets off Meireles to WELBECK WITH A SNAP SHOT BUT PALMED AWAY BY CECH! Fine save!
    • - @Nanderson: "of course torres is a ninja! have you ever seen him score? Exactly" FOLLOW ME HERE!
    • 40' Giggs lofts a high ball in for Welbeck, who is beaten to it by Cech.
    • 39' YOUNG WITH A SUPER SHOT BUT CECH PARRIES AND JUST AWAY FROM ROONEY ON THE LINE! Young took Ivanovic on, cut inside and let rip with one of his classic fizzing drives. Good stop in the end.
    • 38' Young crosses in but headed clear. Evra sends one wide left but Meireles clears to Torres. United piling it on now.
    • 37' Good footwork from Sturridge but Evra let him past too easily - De Gea tried to cover his near post but it went past him at pace and in off Evans's chest. Down the other end a Cech clearance lands for Rooney but he gets the pass wrong. Now Chelsea break and STURRIDGE FIRES IN A LOW DRIVE but well-saved De Gea!
    • 36' GOAL CHELSEA! Sturridge slides a low ball in from a tight angle on the right and I think it went in off Evans!
    • 35' STAT: Torres now has more cards than goals for Chelsea, a whopping four.
    • 34' Evra is back up, dazed but fine. Ivanovic's cross caught him square in the face.
    • 33' Evans is back on. Bosingwa comes forward. Wide left via Meireles but Ivanovic cannot cross. Evra is down and Rooney does well to draw a foul.
    • 32' It was a foul from Torres but never a booking - not helped by Evans's over-reaction, clutching the small of his back in 'agony'. Torres would have to be some kind of ninja to hurt him with that kind of contact.
    • 31' Rooney's ball ends up with Cech. Down the other end Evans lets the ball bounce to De Gea and Torres continues his run into the back of the defender - earning a rather harsh booking.
    • 30' Chelsea clear the corner but United come again... good defending by Bosingwa this time to win a throw.
    • 29' GREAT TACKLE IVANOVIC! Roonet was sent clean through down the right by an awesome Valencia pass, he opts to square it to Welbeck with Cahill covering but Ivanovic slides in just in time to prevent the tap-in. Corner.
    • 28' Carrick finds Giggs, now Young is sent scuttling down the left but he runs it out. Poor from Luiz there.
    • 27' Malouda fouls Rafael as it all gets a bit scrappy.
    • 26' Young strays offside after Malouda slips. Fortunate. Webb has to deal with some kind of altercation... Welbeck involved so skipper Evra told to calm his charges down. Just for complaining decisions.
    • 25' Good intervention by Evans after a deflection almost put Sturridge in, hooking the ball clear as he stretched. Mata then wins a free-kick on the right, off Evra.
    • 24' Malouda is chopped down by Rafael, who is called over by Webbb - just a word though.
    • 24' It breaks down though as Bosingwa runs into Rafael, who draws a foul from the Portuguese, who is playing at left-back.
    • 23' Luiz pops up on the left wing as Chelsea play some more expansive football. This is better from the hosts.
    • 22' Torres with a terrible flick on for Sturridge that lands behind him for Young. Ferdinand is again booed by what sounds like a minority of Chelsea fans as he clears. Sad.
    • 21' It opens up for Torres on the edge of the D after Evans backs off following a link-up with Mata - but he mis-hits it well wide.
    • 20' Meireles to put the free-kick in but poor, straight at Rafael who clears. Back to the Portuguese now, wide to Sturridge but another aimless cross and United clear. Torres slides in on Valencia, clearly getting the ball but Webb giving a free-kick for a shove just before he got the ball.
    • 19' Torres turns Young and draws a foul from the winger. Free-kick to Chelsea around 30 yards out a touch to their left...
    • 18' Luiz strides forward with the ball as Chelsea start to play it around nicely but a poor cross from Mata straight down De Gea's throat.
    • 17' Good ruin by Valencia but Luiz robs Welbeck. He gives it away and Giggs crosses but Cahill clears. Young with an accidental lob but Cech plucks from the air.
    • 16' Chelsea with some good play on the right but Mata fails to keep it in and United have a throw. Chelsea need a result here with Toon breathing down their necks.
    • 15' Sorry about the Mikel-Essien thing earlier - Essien's current longer hairdo has a habit of confusing me! Mikel is NOT playing.
    • 14' Ivanovic gets if off Young, who then fouls him.
    • 13' Cahill slid in and just failed to get the ball, catching Welbeck with the follow-through in the box but starting the slide outside. You can see why it wasn't given - he was very close to the ball and Webb does not have the benefit of slo-mo - but that was a free-kick. Welbeck now offside.
    • 12' Cahill clearly brings Welbeck down on the edge of the box but Webb - possibly mindful of his reputation among conspiracy theorists - waves play-on!
    • 11' Torres on the run but Rafael hooks a foot around to take the ball, according to the ref. Chelsea felt it was a foul but it looked clean to me and Torres doesn't complain.
    • 10' Bosingwa has a dig from the right but straight at De Gea, who gathers easily.
    • 9' Young and United didn't even appeal and indeed a free-kick is given to Chelsea for Young handling as he fell on the ball.
    • 8' Rafael with a good run on the right, Rooney could be in but his shot is blocked. Chelsea can't clear their lines and Young tries to wriggle in, going down in a tangle with Luiz but no penalty says Webb.
    • 7' De Gea with a poor punch after a weak header towards goal from a team-mate, Evans I think. Already looking shaky.
    • 6' Webb strides over to have a pre-corner word for jostling. Low and poor in the end but Malouda's long shot is deflected for another corner.
    • 5' Sturridge has a pop from a long way out and it takes a deflection for a corner.
    • 4' Good challenge from Rafael but Rooney can't pick a pass and the Chelsea fans - completely ridiculously - boo Ferdinand.
    • 3' Sturridge and Mata almost combine but Evans clears. Torres now on the left but offside. 19 games for club and country without a goal.
    • 2' Rooney shoots, from a more central spot that I initially thought, but well wide.
    • 1' Essien fouls Evra but the pair jovially shake hands after the Ghanaian apologises. Free-kick wide left... Young and Rooney over it.
    • 1' The first half is underway.
    • 15:58 Many of you are doubting the seriousness of Terry's knee injury on Twitter. Continue the conspiracy theories if you will on @Reda_Eurosport. FOLLOW HERE!
    • 15:55 AvB, meanwhile, continues his quest to irritate all and sundry with his support of John Terry, saying "he is still our captain" while omitting him because of a 'knee injury'. Pah! Anyway, my views are irrelevant, right, so decide for yourselves. VIDEO HERE!
    • 15:55 David De Gea starts, despite being a rabbit in the headlights and arguably costing United the Cup and possibly the league. Fergie, meanwhile, defends his keeper as a 'great talent'. Remember when he last did that for a big-money signing? Veron? Anyway, more on that here. FULL STORY!
    • 15:50 Earlier I mused that Hernandez would probably start and that Rooney and Nani could well stay on the bench after injuries. I was wrong. Rooney starts ahead of the Mexican while Nani is not involved. Shows what I know.
    • 15:45 That Howard Webb reference was not mine, by the way - hot from Newcastle-Villa, I will be your commentator from hereon in, and my name is Reda Maher. You can engage in a stop-and-chat with me on Twitter @Reda_Eurosport, but any attempts at cyber-bullying will be met with acid wit and the asp of righteousness. FOLLOW HERE!
    • 15:40 United's bench today: Amos, Fabio, Park, Scholes, Pogba, Hernandez, Berbatov - some folks on Twitter have also been joking that Howard Webb starts for Manchester United today.
    • 15:35 Chelsea with a youthful looking bench today: Turnbull; Ferreira; Hutchinson; Bertrand; Romeu; Piazon; Lukaku.
    • 15:30 Gary Cahill makes his Chelsea debut alongside David Luiz, with John Terry missing out after picking up knee problem against Swansea on Tuesday night.
    • 15:25 So Wayne Rooney, Ashley Young and David De Gea are all back in the United starting XI – big day for Fernando Torres who gets the start.
    • 15:20 TEAM NEWS: Chelsea: Cech; Ivanovic, David Luiz, Cahill, Bosingwa; Meireles, Essien, Malouda; Sturridge, Torres, Mata /// Manchester United: De Gea, Rafael, Ferdinand, Evans, Evra, Valencia, Carrick, Giggs, Young, Rooney, Welbeck – still waiting for confirmation on the subs.
    • 15:15 Hello and welcome to our live comments from Stamford Bridge as Chelsea host Manchester United.
  • Summary

    • 90+4 WHAT SAVE BY DE GEA AGAIN! Cahill with a trademark piledriver form range but tipped over!
    • 90+3 Evra and Giggs combine to win a corner on the left. Yikes! Giggs to take... Ferdinand flies in and misses it, Torres almost handles but it bounces clear! Now Carrick hits a low one but Cech gathers.
    • 90+2 WHAT A SAVE BY DE GEA! Not all bad. Brilliant free-kick from Mata curling into the top right but De Gea flies across like some kind of acrobat to tip behind.
    • 86' Anything could happen now - Chelsea did not really deserve to be 3-0 up, but this is some comeback - and some capitulation. Meireles, meanwhile, flies in to head wide from eight yards. Uunder pressure and ahead of the play a bit though.
    • 85' Well, Superb run and cross from Valencia, Rooney traps it and fires in a super shot, well-saved by Cech, it drops to Giggs on the left whose perfect cross is headed in by Hernandez. You are bleeping kidding me. Poor marking but a wicked cross by the old man.
    • 84' GOAL UNITED! And it's Hernandez! What a comeback!
    • 77' Ignore the rogue goal icon if it remains - that was not a goal. United clear the corner but Torres is in now, he heads it past one defender, spins past Evans - shoot man! - but he delays and delays and eventually is closed down by Valencia.
    • 76' ESSIEN WITH A HAMMER BUT TIPPED OVER BY DE GEA! Nice lay-off from Torres on the edge of the box.
    • 74' Rooney skips past some challenges before almost sliding Welbeck through. Romeu gives it away and Scholes finds Giggs, now Hernandez is in but he drills it across goal and wide! Should have got that on target, free on the right side of the box!
    • 69' Rooney for 3-2... and he clips it to the right with Cech going the other way! Game on!
    • 68' PENALTY UNITED! Oh my word, that's a harsh one - Welbeck sticks hit foot out to Ivanovic's leg! The same happened to Fulham yesterday with Adam Johnson!
    • 67' Giggs on the left plays it inside, Rooney and Hernandez exchange passes on the edge of the box and Rooney shoots but Cech gets down to save!
    • 57' Can Rooney make a game of this... ROOF OF THE NET! 3-1! Is the comeback on?
    • 56' Giggs wide to Evra, who is taken down by Sturridge and United have their penalty - a bit late now though!
    • 50' Mata to curl it in with his tasty left foot... AND LUIZ HEADS IT IN! 3-0! Poor marking but a terrific header.
    • 46' GOAL CHELSEA! Torres crosses to Mata and a fine volley from the fellow Spaniard at the far post flies past De Gea and in!
    • 45+2 Giggs short to ROONEY WHO BLASTS IT LOW and tipped wide by Cech! Corner at the end...
    • 41' Lovely one-touch play by Rooney and Welbeck, it ricochets off Meireles to WELBECK WITH A SNAP SHOT BUT PALMED AWAY BY CECH! Fine save!
    • 39' YOUNG WITH A SUPER SHOT BUT CECH PARRIES AND JUST AWAY FROM ROONEY ON THE LINE! Young took Ivanovic on, cut inside and let rip with one of his classic fizzing drives. Good stop in the end.
    • 37' Good footwork from Sturridge but Evra let him past too easily - De Gea tried to cover his near post but it went past him at pace and in off Evans's chest. Down the other end a Cech clearance lands for Rooney but he gets the pass wrong. Now Chelsea break and STURRIDGE FIRES IN A LOW DRIVE but well-saved De Gea!
    • 36' GOAL CHELSEA! Sturridge slides a low ball in from a tight angle on the right and I think it went in off Evans!
    • 29' GREAT TACKLE IVANOVIC! Roonet was sent clean through down the right by an awesome Valencia pass, he opts to square it to Welbeck with Cahill covering but Ivanovic slides in just in time to prevent the tap-in. Corner.
    • 12' Cahill clearly brings Welbeck down on the edge of the box but Webb - possibly mindful of his reputation among conspiracy theorists - waves play-on!
    • 15:20 TEAM NEWS: Chelsea: Cech; Ivanovic, David Luiz, Cahill, Bosingwa; Meireles, Essien, Malouda; Sturridge, Torres, Mata /// Manchester United: De Gea, Rafael, Ferdinand, Evans, Evra, Valencia, Carrick, Giggs, Young, Rooney, Welbeck – still waiting for confirmation on the subs.

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