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Chelsea 0 United 1

United won at Stamford Bridge for the first time in ages to put one foot in the semi-finals thanks to a strike from Rooney.

Sir Alex Ferguson probably pulled off something of a surprise with his starting eleven. Ferdinand returned from injury, displacing Smalling at the heart of the defence, Ji-Sung Park held his place in the centre of the park and Hernandez was chosen to partner Rooney up front. Van der Sar who missed the trip to Upton Park with a groin problem returned between the posts.

United - Van der Sar, Rafael, Ferdinand, Vidic, Evra, Park, Carrick, Giggs, Valencia, Rooney, Hernandez

Subs - Kuszczak, Berbatov, Smalling, Nani, Scholes, Evans, Gibson

United weathered an early spell of Chelsea pressure that saw a dangerous looking Bosingwa ball in cleared and a Drogba shot fly high and wide. Slowly United started to get a hold on the game but could make nothing out of two quick corners.

Just past the halfway mark in the first half United took the lead when a superb cross field ball by Carrick was brought down, immaculately, by Giggs who curt inside his marker to set Rooney up with the easiest of tap-ins from ten yards out.

Chelsea 0 United 1 (Rooney - 24 minutes)

United looked to be in control and our hosts were losing possession too easily. But as the half approached a conclusion United had to rely on a little bit of luck. Drogba engineered a half chance and Torres, unluckily, saw his shot strike the post before Evra did extremely well to clear a Lampard effort, from the rebound, off the line.

United resilience saw shots from Lampard and Bosingwa blocked and our lead was preserved as the half time whistle sounded.

Half Time - Chelsea 0 United 1

Sir Alex kept faith with the eleven that had earned us the first half lead and had o weather an early Chelsea surge. Rafael had to leave the field of play after clashing with Drogba and Nani came on to replace him with Valencia dropping into the full back role.

Our hosts poured forward in the second half but without really testing Van der Sar. Perhaps the nearest they came was when Torres arched his neck to test Van der Sar with a header after a decent Ramires cross.

United didn`t need to push forward although Nani tested Cech with a shot But, as is always the case when we play at Stamford Bridge we had to survive a penalty appeal in stoppage time when Evra caught Ramires in the area. Was it a penalty? Quite possibly but don`t these things even themselves out over the season, well that`s what Rio Ferdinand suggested!

Wembley beckons, or at least a semi-final against Schalke 04!




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Writer: Red Boy Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday April 6 2011

Time: 11:00PM

Your Comments

Very proud of the team tonight, they were fantastic. Disciplined, tolerant, hungry and passionate, every ball was chased down. Chelsea may feel hard done by with the penalty that wasn't give, quite forunate on our behalf but the better team won in my eyes. The penalty appeal itself wasn't done any favours with Drogba almost trying to referee the game claiming non-existant fouls and Torres diving. The ref was brilliant, didn't get much if anything wrong. Much more lighter than most Premier League ref's but the Spanish league is hardly reknowned for it's physicality and due to this Chelsea weren't allow to play to their strength advantage. Carrick was the pick of the bunch, his defensive game was brilliant, he read their play, dominated Drogba on more than 1 occassion, his tackles and interceptions were brilliant, on top of it all he played positively also, getting up field and supporting the forwards whilst also providing excellent service from a variety of ranges. Jobs only half done though, bring on the second leg! Hopefully there won't be rain on our parade and Rooney is given a much more fair 1 game ban rather than the stupidly harsh 2 game ban or an increased 3 game ban. Come on United! Bring on Fulham!!
TheFamousNo7
Well played, a solid team effort on your guys part. You were hungry, aggressive, and deserved the win. Although we were tactically inept too, not a happy camper here. As for the penalty, maybe these things do even themselves out over the course of a normal season but in knockout champions league games, they certainly do not and are a very bitter pill to swallow. Bring on the second leg.
BlueBanes
Excellent game by United we looked real strong and deservedly won the game. But as Bluebanes states, Chelsea didnt look anything near their real strength. This tie is far from over.. While im happy with the penalty decision, though it was a clear penalty, I cant help but think, that these kind of decisions can ruin a teams chances in these kind of tournaments.. In the league as BB says, they more or less even themselves out, but every year in CL in the closing stages we see referee decisions shape the outcome of games.. It is a shame really...and something that must be adressed.
nordkap
Even with the extra officials...it's a beyond a joke. Maybe a few things have gone our way in the league against your lot but I'd like to see when it's ever "evened out" for Chelsea in the champs league!
BlueBanes
Being honest BlueBanes I don't think things do 'even out'. Evening out is FIFA, UEFA and many others reasoning on why it's accpectable for officials to fu(k up. They may as well say 'well, yeah, he did mess up but it's OK, dont feel agrieved. He will co(k up at someone elses expense for you next time.'
TheFamousNo7
 

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