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FULL-TIME: This match had everything. From two goals down, Chelsea clawed their way back to 2-2 before Ivanovic and Torres were sent off. The referee certainly got Torres’ sending off incorrect, and Ferguson threw on Hernandez to score against a 9-man Chelsea and it worked. That goal was a tad offside too and Chelsea can call themselves hard done by.
85 minutes: The Chelsea fans are not pleased with today’s refereeing. This is a title match and they have every right to be disgruntled about Torres’ sending off. Hernandez being slightly offside has just added to Mike Clattenberg’s bad day. Chelsea are still attacking though, but they’re without their most potent threat– Juan Mata has been taken off.
GOAL!!! 75 minutes: Van Persie takes a shot and it hits the post after Cech gets a touch to it. But it then falls to Rafael who takes a low shot/cross and Javier Hernandez, who looks offside, has turned it in to give United a 3-2 win.
I am Man Utd fan, but deft was not a card for Torres. Bad call by the referee.
— Rohan Bopanna (@rohanbopanna) अक्टूबर 28, 2012
RED CARD 68 minutes: Unbelievable scenes at Stamford Bridge. Fernando Torres tries to take on a whole host of United defenders and it initially looks like he’s been hacked down by Evans, but the referee shows him a second yellow for diving and Chelsea are down to nine-men!
RED CARD 62 minutes: Van Persie turns in the centre circle and sends Young through on goal. Branislav Ivanovic is beaten by pace and clips Young. It’s a clear goal scoring opportunity and the referee has no choice but to show red.
— Chris Gayle (@henrygayle) अक्टूबर 28, 2012
GOAL!! 52 minutes: There it is! Chelsea are back in this! Oscar gets a ball on the byline and it’s on the bounce before he loops it in for Ramires to head home. 2-2 to Chelsea.
50 minutes: Mata gets a chance from outside the box but his shot is blocked. It’s the same when Torres bursts forward… United are getting men behind and saving this lead.
GOAL!!! 44 minutes: Rooney commits a foul just outside the box and Juan Mata curls in a fabulous freekick. Unstoppable that one. Chelsea 1-2 United.
42 minutes: Torres is in disbelief! He takes a powerful shot from point blank range and De Gea has somehow palmed it away. Sensational save.
35 minutes: Two massive chances for Chelsea. First Jonny Evans almost scores an own goal and then Gary Cahill smashes a header from Mata’s corner but it’s been kept out by De Gea. Good stuff from Chelsea.
26 minutes: Luiz has taken a rocket of a free-kick from about 30 yards out and De Gea slides in to keep it out in remarkable style.
20 minutes: Even Alex Ferguson took a tumble while celebrating that Van Persie goal. Chelsea have tried to attack but now that United have a two-goal cushion, it’s not safe for Chelsea to pour forward in numbers. Rafael is constantly troubling on the right side, linking brilliantly with Valencia.
GOAL!! 12 minutes: Incredible stuff. Valencia picks out Van Persie with a low hard cross and the Dutchman has swept it in with aplomb. Sheer class. United lead 2-0.
10 minutes: Ivanovic has gone into Evra with a very hard tackle, but the Blues defender was committed to the challenge and the referee has kept his cards in the pocket. Torres frees on the right wing and his menacing cross is cleared away by Rooney. Cleverley looks pretty sharp in midfield, dictating the tempo.
GOAL!! 4 minutes: Both teams show their intent early on. First Mata tries to put Oscar through but Ferdinand hacks it away. Then Van Persie takes a long-range shot which is straight to Cech. But then the goal finally comes… in odd circumstances. Rooney picks up the ball and gives it to Young. Young plays it back for Rooney to pull it for Van Persie to rattle the cross-bar and the ball hits Luiz on the rebound and goes into the net. Unlucky, but its Chelsea 0-1 Man Utd.
10 minutes to kick-off. The pundits around the world are already saying that Man Utd cannot afford to lose this match and Chelsea could be too strong tonight.
Bit chilly at Stamford Bridge. Could be very decent game today. Great players on both sides. Fancy Chelsea to shade it
— Oliver Holt (@OllieHolt22) अक्टूबर 28, 2012
Chelsea: Cech, Ivanovic, Luiz, Cahill, Cole, Mikel, Ramires, Hazard, Oscar, Mata, Torres.
Subs: Turnbull, Romeu, Moses, Marin, Sturridge, Azpilicueta, Bertrand.
Man Utd: De Gea, Da Silva, Ferdinand, Evans, Evra, Valencia, Carrick, Cleverley, Young, Rooney, van Persie.
Subs: Lindegaard, Anderson, Giggs, Hernandez, Nani, Welbeck, Scholes.
Chelsea enjoy something over Manchester United that other English Premier League teams don’t. They are the only side who have a positive win/loss record against United, having won 13 times compared to United’s 12 in their head-to-head meetings.
The Blues are also unbeaten in their last 10 home meetings against United. But the Red Devils are unbeaten against Chelsea in their last five encounters— the latest being a thrilling 3-3 draw last season.
Chelsea will certainly look to their defensive capabilities. They have conceded just six goals this season and the best part is that six league goals have also come via defenders for them.
Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie will not be fazed by playing Chelsea. While Rooney has scored six times in their last eight meetings, Van Persie has scored five in his last two league visits to Stamford Bridge.
United though, need to be wary of conceding first. They have done so in eight matches this season and it s something they cannot seem to shake off.