Sunday October 28, 2012 Day 9 Finished Stamford Bridge

Chelsea 2 - 3 Manchester United

  • Mata 44’
  • Ramires 53’
  • David Luiz 4’ (o.g.)
  • van Persie 12’
  • Hernández 75’

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  1. Premier League - Controversy as United win at nine-man Chelsea

    Premier League - Controversy as United win at nine-man Chelsea

    Manchester United moved back into the title hunt with a 3-2 Premier League win at Chelsea that was marred by two poor officiating decisions. More

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    Time:90'
    • Chelsea
    • Manchester United
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    • 90+5 The final whistle goes, a controversial 3-2 win for United who go second, one point behind leaders Chelsea and ahead of City on goal difference. A great game ruined by football officiating being stuck in the 1970s.
    • 90+4 Corner for United now which they will take their time over. Short from Van Persie and now Giggs keeps it moving. They'll just play this out now.
    • 90+3 Terrible miss from Valencia after Hernandez robbed Cahill, the winger dragging a weak finish well wide.
    • 90+2 Ferdinand deals with a bouncing ball with a cool header back to the keeper De Gea.
    • 90+1 Valencia is brought down by Mikel on the edge of the box, but the ref decides it was a dive and he is booked instead.
    • 90' Five minutes added on there.
    • 89' A steward is being treated for some kind of injury or problem. Not sure what happened there.
    • 88' Sturridge almost gets in behind Evans and Ferdinand after some poor defending but United clear their lines.
    • 87' Hernandez with a flying volley but he blasts it over.
    • 86' Hernandez tackles Ramires, who fouls the Mexican while trying to win it back. Chelsea's fans scream blue murder but that was a foul. Poor Clattenburg - video replays and those two errors don't happen.
    • 85' For nine men Chelsea players are occupying some good positions as they look for an unlikely equaliser.
    • 83' A Hernandez effort is easily saved by Cech. United just need to keep their heads now.
    • 82' Van Persie is caught by Mikel and Clattenburg has the air of a man who just wants this to end.
    • 81' CHELSEA SUB: The third of Chelsea's trequartista trio comes off as Hazard is replaced by the speedy Sturridge.
    • 80' Ironic cheers as Chelsea win a free-kick after a Hernandez foul.
    • 79' Ramires hammers a long-range shot high and wide as Chelsea, down to NINE men, throw caution at the wind.
    • 78' Valencia on the right tries to cross in but blocked and Chelsea break. Luiz rampages forward....
    • 77' Mikel booked for mouthing off. Clatters has had a nightmare though.
    • 76' Hernandez was offside! There were bodies everywhere and he was almost on, certainly a tougher call than the Arteta one yesterday, but he was off! Poor Chelsea.
    • 75' GOAL UNITED! And it's Hernandez diverting it over the line after a brilliant save by Cech from Van Persie, the ball trickling off the post and to Rafael, whose cross was diverted home!
    • 74' UNITED SUB: Giggs on for Rooney, who was walking a tightrope himself.
    • 74' Van Persie hits Row Z with a left-foot shot from the edge of the box. Chelsea have the remaining players all packed across the box now. United surely have to win this?
    • 73' Luiz shoves Van Persie on the left wing and it's a United free-kick. No more cards though.
    • 72' CHELSEA SUB: Mata is sacrificed now, Bertrand on.
    • 72' Chelsea want the ref to send Rooney off after he fouls Mikel, already been booked remember but that wasn't worthy of a second yellow. Very controversial the second sending off, still can't quite believe that.
    • 71' It's kicking off on the touchline! Fergie is getting involved, I think with a Chelsea assistant as Di Matteo is silent and cross-armed.
    • 70' Back to the football and a long ball is almost volleyed by Van Perise but just beyond him.
    • 69' It was a wild tackle from Evans, who got a slight touch on Torres, but the Spain striker chucked himself to the floor in delayed fashion and he's off. Huge huge controversy and Chelsea down to nine!
    • 68' Rooney picks out Carrick but he is tackled. Back with United and Evra but Chelsea clear through Mikel. Now Torres is hacked down by Evans - no he hasn't says the ref, he dived and it's a second booking! Torres is off! He was about to be subbed off!
    • 67' CHELSEA SUB: Oscar is sacrificed for Azpilicueta, the Spanish-Basque right-back signed from Marseille and formerly of Osasuna.
    • 66' Chelsea will have to bring a defender on in place of Iva - looks like Azpilicueta is warming up.
    • 65' UNITED SUB: They're going for it - Hernandez comes on for Cleverley, who has been poor.
    • 64' No complaints by Chelsea although I'm not sure he meant to bring him down. Only Ivanovic knows that. He walks, and Chelsea down to 10 men. United free-kick, Rooney spins it over. Van Persie, surely?
    • 63' Trouble for Ivanovic as he fouls Ashley Young as he was going through - this will be red! It is! Professional foul.
    • 62' United have a corner now as a Rooney header is deflected wide. Good response from the visitors now.
    • 61' Fantastic cross from Young almost guided in by Van Persie but his quiff isn't quite big enough and Cech gathers.
    • 60' Ramires leaves Valencia in a heap, Rooney wants a card - we don't like seeing that, Roo - but the ref is happy with a free-kick.
    • 59' Hazard wants a free-kick on the left, or a corner, but Rio didn't foul him and it didn't cross the line.
    • 58' Chelsea calmly passing it about now waiting for an opening. The momentum is certainly with the hosts.
    • 57' United with what is an increasingly rare break but Van Persie gets his touch wrong and Chelsea have it back.
    • 56' HAZARD JUST WIDE! Wonderful ball by Mata, diagonal to the far post, and Hazard tries to volley it in but gets it wrong. Head it, man!
    • 55' Blimey. Don't count against more goals. Here come Chelsea again as Cole finds Mata, who drills in a fantastic near-post effort that De Gea boots clear! Corner!
    • 53' GOAL CHELSEA!! 2-2! RAMIRES! A long ball is almost brought down by Mata but it lands just wide! Mata brilliantly keeps it in and the play is switched to the left, now Oscar dinks the ball in AND RAMIRES WITH A POWER HEADER FOR 2-2!
    • 52' Hazard with a crafty shimmy and pass inside for Mata, but his low shot is weak and easy for De Gea.
    • 51' Rio strokes a lovely long ball wide right to Valencia, whose cross hits Luiz and is gathered by Cech. United think that was a penalty but Luiz's arms were down.
    • 50' Oscar squeezes the ball to Torres but he is outnumbered by the quick-returning United defence and the visitors clear.
    • 49' Hazard does swing it in but the ref blows as Luiz shoves Van Persie. Was evens there but Luiz had already been marked out.
    • 49' Rafael gives away a free-kick on the Chelsea left which Hazard will swing in after some nonsense involving Luiz is cooled.
    • 48' Chelsea have a corner now, which is half-cleared to MATA but his shot from the edge of the box is blocked by Carrick.
    • 47' United have a corner but Chelse clear and Oscar almost released Ramires. Cahill got lucky fouling Evans during that corner.
    • 46' The second half is underway.
    • - @Haukur8: "As soon as United reclaim some possession they can do incredible damage, until then the counter attacks will have to do"; @TheJoeSawaya: " 3-2 or 4-3 for chelsea. Should be 1-1 or 2-2 if it werent for luck/de gea/fergie's lucky raincoat. Game on"; @farhanoooo: " I think mu midfield needs to be more alert. Most of our mistakes came from them. Hoping for a better 2nd half from the lads."; @skillzavelli: " united are going to win 3-1 hernandez gets the 3rd for united. Come On!!" FOLLOW ON TWITTER!
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    • 45+3 Half time and it's 2-1 to United whose early goals put them in charge, but Chelsea have fought back and are in the ascendance.
    • 45+2 A United corner taken by Rooney is cleared. There's a foul on the edge of the box but advantage says the ref as Chelsea race upfield. They have a throw on the right which Luiz will take...
    • 45+1 Torres booked after clattering into Cleverley. Ow. Three added minutes.
    • 45' DE GEA WITH ANOTHER SAVE! He saves his own skin after a poor kick, which went to Hazard, who found Torres, who sent Mata one-on-one but De Gea made himself big. Wow.
    • 44' GOAL CHELSEA! MATA FOR 1-2! Mata to take this, it's his range on the edge of the D... AND WHAT A GOAL! Curling around the outside of the wall and inside the post, fantastic strike.
    • 43' United half-clear that corner but Chelsea get it back. Rooney then slides in heavily on Hazard on the edge of the D and that's a booking. He lost his head when Hazard won a 50-50.
    • 42' GREAT CLEARANCE BY FERDINAND! The cross skimmed off Torres's head and landed for Cahill I think! Now Mata with a cross to TORRES UNMARKED WITH A POWER HEADER BUT WHAT A SAVE DE GEA! He flew to the top right to claw it away! Torres thought he had scored! What a save!
    • 42' A Young clearance only goes to Ramires, now Ivanovic on the overlap to win a corner off Young.
    • 41' Mikel finds Mata but there are three United players in proximity and two tackle him. United try to break but with only RvP up it's easy for Cahill to find Cech.
    • 40' Chelsea's fans either haven't watched a football match since the 1980s or they're being a bit silly, jeering and booing as Ramires clearly takes Rafael's legs while trying to win the ball.
    • 39' Yes, Luiz shoots but straight at the wall. Please, Luiz. Then Hazard runs it out accidentally and United have the ball back.
    • 38' Clumsy foul by Valencia on Torres to the left of the box, just on the corner too, could have been very dangerous! Mata to swing this in I think... Nope, it's Luiz v Hazard. Really Luiz? A shot from there?
    • 37' This is much better by Chelsea as Valencia fouls Mata on the left, the Spaniard seeing more ball after switching with Hazard. United clear their lines but Chelsea come again...
    • 36' GREAT SAVE DE GEA! Cahill with a downward header at pace from the corner! Another corner, once more De Gea's legs the difference!
    • 35' OFF THE POST! Could have been an own-goal by Evans as Mikel's low cross struck his knee! Lucky escape! That came from a throw, Cleverley falling asleep to let the Nigerian in.
    • 34' United are back in defensive-counter mode after that little holiday upfield. Chelsea finding it hard to break them down.
    • 33' Cleverley turns Ramires with a neat piece of skill, the Brazilian hauling him down. United in control at the moment, Chelsea very subdued.
    • 32' Young wide to Valencia again, but he can't get past Cole this time. Rafael wins it back and a few tackles fly in to see Rooney take hold of it in the middle. United's best spell of possession until Cleverley slips it wide to an offside Van Persie.
    • 31' Cech does well to claw a deflected Rooney cross-shot out of the air under pressure from Evra. Chelsea attempt a break but United already have men back and it's in De Gea's grasp. Now Young with a nice ball wide, Valencia crosses but Cole blocks.
    • 30' United break and Valencia wins a corner after a route-one ball is flicked on by RvP. Cole all over the place.
    • 30' Ferdinand slips but he's saved by Rooney, who is reinventing himself as Bryan Robson today. a high ball aimed for Torres skips over his head and out for a United goal kick.
    • 29' Rooney fouls Hazard, who takes it quickly as Chelsea shift it to the left. But United have nine men behind the ball at all times and there is no space.
    • 28' Great interception by a sliding Cahill, vital as Evra's low cross was fizzing into the path of RvP.
    • 27' Van Persie eases the pressure on his team-mates by holding it up and winning a free kick.
    • 26' Rooney is putting in a sterling shift as a box-to-box midfielder as he clears once more.
    • 25' Hazard with a cute shimmy from one foot to another before releasing a right-foot drive a few yards wide.
    • 24' De Gea yelps instruction to his defence as a four-man wall faces this Luiz free-kick AND IT'S A FANTASTIC DIPPING EFFORT THAT DE GEA DIVES DOWN TO FLICK AWAY! Bottom corner that, super shot, super save! It swerved heavily, De Gea was going the wrong way but he did the splits to stick out a boot and clear!
    • 23' Ramires strides away from Carrick, who cynically chops him down and earns himself the first booking of the match.
    • 22' Valencia rampages down the right again but Luiz comes out of position to intercept; that was poor from Luiz as he slips to allow Rafael to cross, but it's a bad ball so no harm.
    • 21' Ivanovic on the right slides a pass to Hazard, who is roaming with intent now. But Ivanovic miscontrols a return pass and it's a United throw.
    • 20' Oscar robs a sloppy Cleverley on the Chelsea right but his cross is too deep for Torres and United have it back.
    • 19' United now have a corner on the right. Headed clear by Mikel this time. A mis-hit Rooney ball inspires some Chelsea jeers.
    • 18' Torres in a lot of space on the right, cutting inside of Evra but messing up his through-ball, overhitting to touch.
    • 17' Speaking of Mata, the little wizard pops up on the right but his cross is cleared to touch by Evans.
    • 16' Rafael on a surging run now but Hazard defends well on the left flank. I'd rather see Mata left and Hazard central, but hey-ho Robbie D knows his stuff.
    • 15' STAT from our mate @OptaJoe: "6 - Robin van Persie has scored more goals at Stamford Bridge than any other visiting player in PL history. Manor."
    • 14' Hazard on the left looks to slow it down, which is not what the home fans wanted.
    • 13' Cool defending from Oscar as Rooney had a sniff, playing it out of defence.
    • 12' GOAL UNITED! And Van Persie does get his goal, smashing home a similar effort to the opener that this time flies past Cech. Rafael and Valencia carve Cole apart on the right, the winger sliding in a nice low ball that RvP rifles in. 2-0!!
    • 12' Chelsea fans boo Rio Ferdinand as he brings the ball out from defence. Sigh.
    • 11' Torres skips away from Evans down the right before swinging in a cross that Oscar chests towards Mata but hacked clear by a covering Rooney.
    • 10' In modern football those are usually given as fouls and bookings - Ivanovic took the ball but took Evra's ankle with the follow-through. He sportingly puts it out of play so Evra can receive treatment.
    • 9' Evra goes down under a challenge from Ivanovic, which the ref says is fair...
    • 8' Ramires on a surging run that Cleverley checks, fairly says the ref, but United can't counter. United lining up almost as a 4-5-1 now with Rooney in midfield.
    • 7' Torres now on the right, nice cross that Oscar takes on the thigh but Evans hooks it away.
    • 6' Chelsea try to fashion an instant response but Hazard can't get the cross away from the left.
    • 5' United have been quick out of the blocks and, while that was a superb move, it was unlucky for Chelsea and Luiz in particular, who was blameless.
    • 4' GOAL UNITED! Fantastic counter-attack as Rooney exchanges passes with Young, Rooney then cuts it across for Van Persie. His cracking finish rebounds off the crossbar and in off poor David Luiz. Own-goal.
    • 3' Van Persie strides forward before unleashing a crisp, flat drive that Cech clutches to his chest. First shot on goal.
    • 2' Ferdinand with a vital interception as he hooks it away from an Oscar running through.
    • - @ahmaddana: "Chelsea will win 3-2 Oscar with two and Hazard with one. Also Rooney to get sent off."; @Ebblon: "A 2-1 win for the Blues. Torres and Mata on target as well as RVP for United." HAVE YOUR SAY ON TWITTER!
    • 1' Top v third is underway! The Chelsea fans sing Terry's name.
    • 15:59 Chelsea to kick off then, left to right from where I'm looking at it. Let the games begin!
    • 15:58 Mark Clattenburg is the ref. Five Prem games this season, 24 yellows and two reds. Could be a few walking today!
    • 15:57 The teams are out and shaking hands. Unfortunately Terry is banned, so we don't know if he kissed and made up with Rio or not. Everyone else slaps skin.
    • 15:55 MATCH ODDS: Chelsea 7/5, Man Utd 11/5, Draw 2/1. So shorter odds on the draw, longer on a United win. Standard.
    • 15:50 Hot on the heels of the Merseyside derby as your commentator checks in. You can Tweet me on @Reda_Eurosport, or exchange low-blows with the ruffians below. Your choice. Predictions, selection comments, nothing about John Terry. FOLLOW ON TWITTER!
    • 15:45 This new-look exciting Chelsea side top the Premier League table from Man City. United can leapfrog their city rivals and go second, a point behind the Blues, if they take three points. Table
    • 15:40 Manchester United haven’t drawn away from home since their 3-3 results against Chelsea back in February, winning eight and losing three of their 11 away games since.
    • 15:30 Sir Alex Ferguson: “Last season we did really well to rescue it after being 3-0 down. I think we scored three goals in about eight minutes. We should have won it really. We were the better team in the first half yet we were 3-0 down just after half-time. It was amazing. Apart from last season if you look at the last six or seven seasons before that it was always us and Chelsea vying for the title so that gives you an idea of how we’ll approach this game on Sunday – it’s going to be hard one.”
    • 15:25 Roberto Di Matteo: "It's still a little bit early in the season for a game like this to be decisive. They are a great competitor of us, we are playing at home and we want to keep our home record very good, have a good game and keep the distance from them. It's a massive game for both clubs, a classic in the fixture list. We are still in good shape I think and this group of players always responds to a bad result."
    • 15:20 Chelsea field the same team that won 4-2 at Spurs. With John Terry still suspended, David Luiz partners Gary Cahill in defence; Frank Lampard is sidelined for at least a fortnight with a calf problem; and Marko Marin is back on the bench after a minor injury.
    • 15:20 Wingers Antonio Valencia and Ashley Young start for Manchester United. So much for the diamond. Fergie wasn't lying about that old woman... Shinji Kagawa is out for a month, Chris Smalling has returned to training after a broken metatarsal but is not on the bench while Phil Jones (knee) remains sidelined. Anders Lindegaard has a thumb problem but is on the bench nevertheless. Eighty-year-old gran gives Fergie ‘hairdryer’
    • 15:15 TEAMS - Chelsea: Cech; Ivanovic, Cahill, Luiz, Cole; Mikel, Ramires, Hazard, Mata, Oscar; Torres. Subs: Turnbull, Azpilicueta, Bertrand, Romeu, Marin, Moses, Sturridge. /// United: De Gea; Rafael, Ferdinand, Evans, Evra; Valencia, Carrick, Cleverley, Young; Rooney; van Persie. Subs: Lindegaard, Anderson, Giggs, Hernandez, Nani, Welbeck, Scholes.
    • 15:10 Chelsea have won 10 and lost just one of their last 13 Premier League games at Stamford Bridge.
    • 15:05 Man Utd have won four and lost none of the last five matches against Chelsea in all competitions and won just one of the last 12 trips to Stamford Bridge.
    • 15:00 Welcome to coverage of the Premier League match between Chelsea and Manchester United at Stamford Bridge.
  • Summary

    • 90+3 Terrible miss from Valencia after Hernandez robbed Cahill, the winger dragging a weak finish well wide.
    • 75' GOAL UNITED! And it's Hernandez diverting it over the line after a brilliant save by Cech from Van Persie, the ball trickling off the post and to Rafael, whose cross was diverted home!
    • 68' Rooney picks out Carrick but he is tackled. Back with United and Evra but Chelsea clear through Mikel. Now Torres is hacked down by Evans - no he hasn't says the ref, he dived and it's a second booking! Torres is off! He was about to be subbed off!
    • 64' No complaints by Chelsea although I'm not sure he meant to bring him down. Only Ivanovic knows that. He walks, and Chelsea down to 10 men. United free-kick, Rooney spins it over. Van Persie, surely?
    • 63' Trouble for Ivanovic as he fouls Ashley Young as he was going through - this will be red! It is! Professional foul.
    • 56' HAZARD JUST WIDE! Wonderful ball by Mata, diagonal to the far post, and Hazard tries to volley it in but gets it wrong. Head it, man!
    • 55' Blimey. Don't count against more goals. Here come Chelsea again as Cole finds Mata, who drills in a fantastic near-post effort that De Gea boots clear! Corner!
    • 53' GOAL CHELSEA!! 2-2! RAMIRES! A long ball is almost brought down by Mata but it lands just wide! Mata brilliantly keeps it in and the play is switched to the left, now Oscar dinks the ball in AND RAMIRES WITH A POWER HEADER FOR 2-2!
    • 45' DE GEA WITH ANOTHER SAVE! He saves his own skin after a poor kick, which went to Hazard, who found Torres, who sent Mata one-on-one but De Gea made himself big. Wow.
    • 44' GOAL CHELSEA! MATA FOR 1-2! Mata to take this, it's his range on the edge of the D... AND WHAT A GOAL! Curling around the outside of the wall and inside the post, fantastic strike.
    • 42' GREAT CLEARANCE BY FERDINAND! The cross skimmed off Torres's head and landed for Cahill I think! Now Mata with a cross to TORRES UNMARKED WITH A POWER HEADER BUT WHAT A SAVE DE GEA! He flew to the top right to claw it away! Torres thought he had scored! What a save!
    • 36' GREAT SAVE DE GEA! Cahill with a downward header at pace from the corner! Another corner, once more De Gea's legs the difference!
    • 35' OFF THE POST! Could have been an own-goal by Evans as Mikel's low cross struck his knee! Lucky escape! That came from a throw, Cleverley falling asleep to let the Nigerian in.
    • 24' De Gea yelps instruction to his defence as a four-man wall faces this Luiz free-kick AND IT'S A FANTASTIC DIPPING EFFORT THAT DE GEA DIVES DOWN TO FLICK AWAY! Bottom corner that, super shot, super save! It swerved heavily, De Gea was going the wrong way but he did the splits to stick out a boot and clear!
    • 12' GOAL UNITED! And Van Persie does get his goal, smashing home a similar effort to the opener that this time flies past Cech. Rafael and Valencia carve Cole apart on the right, the winger sliding in a nice low ball that RvP rifles in. 2-0!!
    • 4' GOAL UNITED! Fantastic counter-attack as Rooney exchanges passes with Young, Rooney then cuts it across for Van Persie. His cracking finish rebounds off the crossbar and in off poor David Luiz. Own-goal.
    • 15:15 TEAMS - Chelsea: Cech; Ivanovic, Cahill, Luiz, Cole; Mikel, Ramires, Hazard, Mata, Oscar; Torres. Subs: Turnbull, Azpilicueta, Bertrand, Romeu, Marin, Moses, Sturridge. /// United: De Gea; Rafael, Ferdinand, Evans, Evra; Valencia, Carrick, Cleverley, Young; Rooney; van Persie. Subs: Lindegaard, Anderson, Giggs, Hernandez, Nani, Welbeck, Scholes.
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