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Chelsea   2 - 1   Man Utd

Frank Lampard's penalty completed Chelsea's comeback
Lampard's penalty completed Chelsea's comeback at Stamford Bridge

By Phil McNulty
Chief football writer at Stamford Bridge

Chelsea kept their faint Premier League title hopes alive and damaged Manchester United's own ambitions as they came from behind to beat the leaders at Stamford Bridge.

United looked well set to extend their four-point lead over second-placed Arsenal after Wayne Rooney, who Sir Alex Ferguson admitted was fortunate to be playing after escaping further punishment for elbowing Wigan's James McCarthy on Saturday, gave them a deserved interval advantage.

But Chelsea, who left Didier Drogba on the bench as coach Carlo Ancelotti favoured Fernando Torres, staged a stirring fightback to move up to fourth and keep United in their sights on a night when nothing other than victory would have kept the Blues in contention.

David Luiz slammed in the equaliser early in the second half and Frank Lampard's disputed penalty secured three priceless points 10 minutes from time after Chelsea substitute Yuri Zhirkov clashed with Chris Smalling.

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Ferguson was incensed as referee Martin Atkinson pointed to the spot - and United's sense of injustice deepened when Nemanja Vidic was sent off in stoppage time after receiving a second yellow card for a foul on Ramires, ruling the centre-back out of the visit to Liverpool on Sunday.

Luiz was Chelsea's stand-out performer, although Ferguson also had a case when he questioned how the £21m defender escaped a red card after the break for a hack at Rooney, with the Brazilian having already been booked.

This was a wonderful advert for the Premier League, with both Chelsea and United intent on all-out attack - but Ferguson will be concerned at how his side lost their way after imperiously controlling much of the first period.

Chelsea remain rank outsiders to retain their crown and they still lie 12 points adrift of United, but Ancelotti will regard this as a performance that supports his insistence that they can still have a say when the major prizes are handed out this season.

United boss Ferguson named an unchanged line-up for the first time in 165 games - and his faith in the players who won 4-0 at Wigan on Saturday was amply rewarded with a hugely impressive first-half performance.

Chelsea opened brightly, with Torres prominent, and Florent Malouda should have done better than shoot straight at Edwin van der Sar from the edge of the area after being played in by Nicolas Anelka.

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United, however, settled swiftly to their task and Patrice Evra exchanged passes with Javier Hernandez before just failing in an attempt to find the unmarked Rooney at the far post.

Rooney's every touch was jeered by Chelsea's fans, who revelled in the sight of the striker sending a header flying wildly off target and later they erupted in fury when he barged Ramires to the ground - but the taunts were to be silenced in emphatic fashion on the half hour.

The England forward collected possession from Nani before sending a low, powerful drive past Petr Cech from 20 yards before celebrating in front of Chelsea's fans in the Matthew Harding Stand.

Chelsea's early momentum had all but disappeared as United controlled affairs in midfield while keeping the threat of Torres and Anelka under control after their early promise, although it took fine work from Van der Sar to prevent the hosts drawing level six minutes before half-time.

Lampard's free-kick was pushed out by the United keeper, who recovered brilliantly to claw away the loose ball as Branislav Ivanovic attempted to bundle the rebound over the line.

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Chelsea needed a quick response and it came within nine minutes of the restart when Ivanovic touched on Michael Essien's cross for Luiz to send a thunderous shot low past the motionless Van der Sar.

With the game thrown wide open, both managers made positive changes as Ancelotti sent on Drogba for Anelka and Ferguson replaced Javier Hernandez and Paul Scholes with Dimitar Berbatov and Ryan Giggs - the latter equalling Sir Bobby Charlton's record of 606 league appearance for United.

Chelsea look to have acquired an outstanding talent in Luiz but there are still rough edges to be smoothed out and he was fortunate to stay on the pitch after crudely clattering Rooney, with the Brazilian having already been booked.

Ferguson remonstrated furiously with the officials in the aftermath of that challenge - and his mood darkened even further when Chelsea were awarded a penalty after Zhirkov tangled with Smalling in the 80th minute.

The young defender clearly felt he could not avoid Zhirkov but the protests were all to no avail as Lampard slammed the penalty past Van der Sar.

And Zhirkov nearly added a third almost immediately with a shot from the edge of the area that was unwittingly deflected on to an upright by Vidic.

United's evening then ended on a desperate note as Vidic pulled Ramires back on the edge of the area and was sent off - meaning his removal from the defence for the testing trip to Anfield.

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Tuesday, 1 March 2011

Barclays Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Chelsea 2-1 Man Utd FT
(HT 0-1)
  • David Luiz 54
  • Lampard (pen) 80
  • Rooney 29

Chelsea

Substitutes

Man Utd

Substitutes

Ref: AtkinsonAtt: 41,825
CHELSEA
MAN UTD

Possession

  • Chelsea 53%
  • Man Utd 47%

Attempts on target

  • Chelsea 11
  • Man Utd 7

Attempts off target

  • Chelsea 6
  • Man Utd 5

Corners

  • Chelsea 10
  • Man Utd 2

Fouls

  • Chelsea 11
  • Man Utd 14
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+5:03 The referee blows for the end of the match.
  • 90:00+3:20 Short corner taken by Frank Lampard.
  • 90:00+2:49 Unfair challenge on Ramires by Nemanja Vidic results in a free kick. Ramires restarts play with the free kick.
  • 90:00+2:49 Sent off Nemanja Vidic sent off.
  • 90:00+1:19 Free kick awarded for a foul by Ryan Giggs on Didier Drogba. Ramires restarts play with the free kick.
  • 90:00+1:19 Booking Ryan Giggs receives a yellow card.
  • 90:00+0:19 Unfair challenge on Didier Drogba by Nemanja Vidic results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Didier Drogba.
  • 87:14 Shot from just outside the box by Darren Fletcher misses to the right of the target.
  • 87:07 The ball is swung over by Luis Nani, clearance by Frank Lampard.
  • 86:38 Fabio Da Silva takes a shot. Save by Petr Cech.
  • 84:25 The ball is crossed by Ryan Giggs, save by Petr Cech.
  • 83:48 Corner taken by Ryan Giggs played to the near post, save made by Petr Cech.
  • 82:58 Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Frank Lampard.
  • 82:13 Corner taken right-footed by Frank Lampard, clearance by Dimitar Berbatov.
  • 81:51 Yury Zhirkov takes a shot. Blocked by Nemanja Vidic.
  • 81:16 Corner taken right-footed by Frank Lampard to the near post, Nemanja Vidic makes a clearance.
  • 80:34 Substitution Jose Bosingwa is brought on as a substitute for Marinho David Luiz.
  • Correction - 80:13 Substitution Fabio Da Silva on for Patrice Evra.
  • 80:13 Substitution Fabio Da Silva is brought on as a substitute for Patrice Evra.
  • 79:29 Penalty awarded for a foul by Chris Smalling on Yury Zhirkov.
  • 79:29 GOAL - Frank LampardChelsea 2 - 1 Man Utd Penalty scored by Frank Lampard. Chelsea 2-1 Man Utd.
  • 77:16 The ball is sent over by Patrice Evra, save by Petr Cech.
  • 75:44 Shot on goal by Didier Drogba from just inside the area clears the crossbar.
  • 75:40 The ball is swung over by Ramires, clearance by Chris Smalling.
  • 75:07 Ryan Giggs takes a shot. Save made by Petr Cech.
  • 74:44 Wayne Rooney takes a shot. Petr Cech makes a save.
  • 73:53 Free kick awarded for a foul by Michael Essien on Patrice Evra. Ryan Giggs takes the direct free kick.
  • 73:53 Booking Michael Essien is booked.
  • 72:17 Free kick awarded for a foul by Nemanja Vidic on Didier Drogba. Strike comes in from Didier Drogba from the free kick.
  • 71:50 The ball is swung over by Yury Zhirkov.
  • 71:06 Corner taken right-footed by Frank Lampard, Foul by Didier Drogba on Chris Smalling, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Edwin Van der Sar.
  • 70:51 Didier Drogba takes a shot. Chris Smalling gets a block in.
  • 70:10 Substitution Yury Zhirkov comes on in place of Florent Malouda.
  • 69:55 Substitution Ryan Giggs comes on in place of Paul Scholes.
  • 69:39 Substitution Dimitar Berbatov is brought on as a substitute for Javier Hernandez.
  • 67:34 The assistant referee signals for offside against Fernando Torres. Direct free kick taken by Edwin Van der Sar.
  • 66:54 Unfair challenge on Ramires by Javier Hernandez results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Marinho David Luiz.
  • 64:57 Florent Malouda produces a cross, clearance made by Chris Smalling.
  • 63:52 Close range effort by Wayne Rooney misses to the right of the goal.
  • 62:54 The official flags Wayne Rooney offside. Petr Cech restarts play with the free kick.
  • 61:46 Free kick awarded for a foul by Javier Hernandez on Florent Malouda. Ashley Cole takes the direct free kick.
  • 61:14 Michael Carrick takes a shot. John Terry gets a block in.
  • 60:06 Marinho David Luiz concedes a free kick for a foul on Wayne Rooney. Paul Scholes restarts play with the free kick.
  • 60:06 Substitution Didier Drogba replaces Nicolas Anelka.
  • 60:06 Booking Marinho David Luiz receives a caution.
  • 59:23 Nicolas Anelka takes a shot. Save made by Edwin Van der Sar.
  • 58:39 Free kick awarded for a foul by Javier Hernandez on John Terry. Direct free kick taken by John Terry.
  • 53:45 Assist by Branislav Ivanovic.
  • 53:45 GOAL - Marinho David LuizChelsea 1 - 1 Man Utd Marinho David Luiz fires in a goal from the edge of the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Chelsea 1-1 Man Utd.
  • 53:32 Ashley Cole produces a cross, John O'Shea makes a clearance.
  • 53:06 Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Frank Lampard.
  • 51:13 Wayne Rooney has an effort at goal from outside the box which goes wide right of the goal.
  • 49:01 Free kick awarded for a foul by Paul Scholes on Nicolas Anelka. Shot comes in from Frank Lampard from the free kick, save by Edwin Van der Sar.
  • 48:32 Luis Nani gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Branislav Ivanovic. Branislav Ivanovic takes the free kick.
  • 47:41 Ashley Cole sends in a cross, save by Edwin Van der Sar.
  • 45:01 The second half begins.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+1:14 The whistle is blown to end the first half.
  • 44:28 Free kick awarded for a foul by Nemanja Vidic on Michael Essien. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Ashley Cole.
  • 44:28 Booking The referee cautions Nemanja Vidic for unsporting behaviour.
  • 42:32 Centre by Florent Malouda.
  • 41:28 Branislav Ivanovic gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Luis Nani. Edwin Van der Sar restarts play with the free kick.
  • 41:18 Florent Malouda takes a shot. Save made by Edwin Van der Sar.
  • 40:40 Frank Lampard takes a shot. Save by Edwin Van der Sar.
  • 40:09 Branislav Ivanovic takes a shot. Save by Edwin Van der Sar.
  • 38:30 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Fernando Torres by Patrice Evra. Shot comes in from Frank Lampard from the free kick, save by Edwin Van der Sar.
  • 36:03 Free kick awarded for a foul by John Terry on Javier Hernandez. Luis Nani produces a cross, Wayne Rooney takes a shot. Petr Cech makes a save.
  • 34:55 Ramires produces a cross, John O'Shea makes a clearance.
  • 34:23 Centre by Florent Malouda, clearance made by Chris Smalling.
  • 31:51 Fernando Torres has an effort at goal from outside the box which misses left.
  • 31:34 The ball is swung over by Fernando Torres.
  • 28:59 The assist for the goal came from Luis Nani.
  • 28:59 GOAL - Wayne RooneyChelsea 0 - 1 Man Utd Wayne Rooney finds the net with a goal from outside the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Chelsea 0-1 Man Utd.
  • 28:13 Patrice Evra crosses the ball, Ashley Cole makes a clearance.
  • Correction - 26:44 Patrice Evra takes a shot. Marinho David Luiz gets a block in.
  • 26:44 Patrice Evra takes a shot. Blocked by Marinho David Luiz.
  • 26:15 The ball is delivered by Darren Fletcher, Marinho David Luiz makes a clearance.
  • 25:49 The ball is crossed by John O'Shea, save made by Petr Cech.
  • 25:22 Unfair challenge on Luis Nani by Branislav Ivanovic results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Michael Carrick.
  • 24:18 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Luis Nani, save by Petr Cech.
  • 23:10 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Frank Lampard played to the near post, Michael Carrick makes a clearance.
  • 22:44 Frank Lampard takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance by Chris Smalling.
  • 22:35 Branislav Ivanovic sends in a cross, Nemanja Vidic manages to make a clearance.
  • 22:05 Foul by Luis Nani on Marinho David Luiz, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Frank Lampard.
  • 20:19 Luis Nani sends in a cross, Header by Wayne Rooney from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the goal.
  • 18:52 Unfair challenge on Michael Essien by Luis Nani results in a free kick. Petr Cech restarts play with the free kick.
  • 16:52 Fernando Torres delivers the ball, clearance made by Chris Smalling.
  • 16:37 The ball is delivered by Luis Nani, John Terry makes a clearance.
  • 15:33 Nicolas Anelka produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the area and misses to the left of the goal.
  • 12:57 Unfair challenge on Michael Carrick by Ramires results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Luis Nani.
  • 12:57 Booking Ramires receives a caution.
  • 12:20 A cross is delivered by Darren Fletcher, clearance by John Terry.
  • 11:44 Florent Malouda takes the inswinging corner, Header from deep inside the penalty area by John Terry goes harmlessly over the crossbar.
  • 11:27 Michael Essien takes a shot. Chris Smalling gets a block in.
  • 10:00 Javier Hernandez is caught offside. Free kick taken by Marinho David Luiz.
  • 7:43 Free kick awarded for a foul by Marinho David Luiz on Javier Hernandez. Javier Hernandez takes the direct free kick.
  • 6:31 A cross is delivered by Branislav Ivanovic, John O'Shea makes a clearance.
  • 6:16 The ball is delivered by Fernando Torres, John O'Shea manages to make a clearance.
  • 4:52 Luis Nani takes a shot. John Terry gets a block in.
  • 4:23 Florent Malouda takes a shot. Save by Edwin Van der Sar.
  • 3:56 Branislav Ivanovic challenges Patrice Evra unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Luis Nani.
  • 2:59 Free kick awarded for a foul by Fernando Torres on Nemanja Vidic. Free kick taken by Nemanja Vidic.
  • 1:05 Outswinging corner taken by Florent Malouda from the left by-line, free kick awarded for a foul by Branislav Ivanovic on Nemanja Vidic. Edwin Van der Sar takes the direct free kick.
  • 0:00 The referee gets the game started.

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1 Mar 2011 23:59 UK


Barclays Premier League table snapshot

As it stood on 1 Mar 2011 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Man Utd 28 35 60
2 Arsenal 27 30 56
3 Man City 28 19 50
4 Chelsea 27 25 48
5 Tottenham 27 7 47
6 Liverpool 28 1 39
7 Bolton 28 1 37
8 Sunderland 28 -2 37
9 Newcastle 28 4 36
10 Stoke 28 -3 34
11 Everton 27 -1 33
12 Aston Villa 28 -12 33
13 Fulham 28 0 32
14 Blackburn 28 -11 32
15 Blackpool 28 -13 32
16 Birmingham 26 -10 30
17 West Brom 28 -17 29
18 Wolves 28 -15 28
19 West Ham 28 -16 28
20 Wigan 28 -22 27

see also
Ferguson angry at ref after loss
01 Mar 11 |  Premier League
Tuesday football as it happened
01 Mar 11 |  Football



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