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Chelsea 3 United 3

United came back from the dead to get a point at Stamford Bridge this afternoon!

Trailing 3-0, two penalties form Wayne Rooney and a header from Javier Hernandez were enough to rescue a situation that looked lost.

For the fixture Sir Alex Ferguson was able to recall Wayne Rooney, David De Gea and Ashley Cole to the starting eleven.

United - De Gea, Rafael, Evans, Ferdinand, Evra, Valencia, Carrick, Giggs, Young, Rooney and Welbeck.

Subs - Amos, Berbatov, Park, Fabio, Scholes, Pogba, Hernandez

First Half - United kicked the game off and started well. There were screams for too early penalties, both of which were ignored by Howard Webb. The first coming after Young`s shirt was clearly pulled by Bosingwa and the second when Cahill fouled Welbeck.

De Gea showed some early nerves by not quite getting enough power to a fisted clearance but United breathed a sigh of relief when Meireles shot hit the side-netting, In a hesitant first half hour, the best moments saw Cech just get to a curling Young shot whilst an out of form Torres shot woefully wide from some distance out.

United, pushing forward with pace, thought they`d got in when Rooney slide an inch perfect pass towards Welbeck but ivanovic produced a great interception to deny Welbeck a shooting chance. Just past the half-hour mark we fell behind..

Sturridge was allowed to wriggle his way t the by-line and when he pulled across back it hit De Gea before then hitting the unfortunate Evans to go into the net.

Chelsea 1 United 0 (Evans og - 34 minutes)

In the ascendancy the home side then saw Sturridge unleash a blistering shot that De Gea did well to save before ending the half as the better of the two teams.

Cech, in the latter stages, was forced into three good saves. The first saw the keeper get a hand to a curling shot form Young, the second saw the keeper push away a Welbeck shot and the third saw him turn around the post a low shot form Rooney.

Half Time - Chelsea 1 United 0

United were out early for the second half but were soon to fall 2-0 down. Less than thirty seconds had been played before Torres played a good cross in and Mata met it with a ferocious volley that gave De Gea no chance.

Chelsea 2 United 0 (Mata - 46 minutes)

If United were looking to steady the ship they were in for a rude awakening four minutes later. Evra was penalised for a foul on Sturridge and Mata stuck the ball into the middle of the box where Luiz rose and saw his header deflect off Ferdinand to give Chelsea what seemed an unassailable lead.

Chelsea 3 United 0 (Luiz - 50 minutes)

But all credit to United, they didn`t meekly give up and instead worked their way back into the game. In the fifty-sixth minute Evra advanced into the area and was upended by Sturridge.

Rooney stepped up and smashed an unstoppable penalty high into the net.

Chelsea 3 United 1 (Rooney pen - 57 minutes)

Sir Alex made a change, bringing on the wise head of Scholes and taking off Rafael having already introduced Hernandez for Young.

De Gea reacted well to save a Mata shot after some incisive passing from Luiz had opened up our defence. Whilst Rooney, becoming more and more influential in the game; drilled a shot wide from outside the area.

With sixty-seven minutes played we were awarded a second penalty when Welbeck tumbled over after a challenge from Ivanovic. Once again Rooney stepped up but this time his spot kick was placed the other side of Cech and the arrears had been further reduced.

Chelsea 3 United 2 (Rooney pen - 68 minutes)

Hernandez had a decent chance to get United level, after Romeu had given the ball away, but the Mexican shot wide. De Gea, his confidence growing by the minute, turned a long range shot from Essien over the bar before, as we entered the last ten minutes, Welbeck headed wide from a corner.

But United were to get level with eighty-four minutes played. Rooney made some space and his fierce shot was turned away by Cech. Giggs was lurking out wide and his cross fell perfectly between Luiz and Cahill for Hernandez to head home.

Chelsea 3 United 3 (Hernandez - 84 minutes)

As the game headed into stoppage time, De Gea made two fantastic saves. The first saw the Spaniard somehow get a hand to an excellent free kick from Gea to turn it wide and the second saw him turn a pile-driver from Cahill just over the bar.

A point gained or two lost, you decide in our poll!

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:Red Boy
Date:Sunday February 5 2012
Time: 6:54PM


With a little help from your friends eh?
05/02/2012 19:27:00
are you referring to Mike Dean?
05/02/2012 19:30:00
4 solid penalty calls and only 2 given, take your blue tinted glasses off
05/02/2012 20:05:00
What an absolute joke you biys are! 4 penalties in 2 games says it all!!! Evra was going nowhere for the first ponalty and then the way Welbeck left his leg hanging, looking for the penalty....CHEAT, CHEAT!! I would pray that City beat you to the title this season, you deserve NOTHING this season. The world and his dog thinks you are SCUM!!!!!!!!!!!!
AVB Prodigy
05/02/2012 21:07:00
don't forget to put Howard Webb's name in your MOTM poll, he'll run away with it.
ten men
05/02/2012 21:08:00
hard earned away point deserves alot of credit and certainly upset some people on here tonight LOL
05/02/2012 22:33:00
The bitter blues begin to crop up now... Can we atleast have some of the respectable, level-headed and logical vitalchelsea members? 4 penalties in 2 games AVB notsoprodigy and it should've been 6, you guys were reckless and rash with your challenges as for looking for the penalty didn't Zhirkov do the same not too long ago and 'trip' over Smallings trailing leg, did Chelsea fans call him a cheat? Get a grip mate. Tenmen he should be in your MOTM poll mate as he was hapless we had 4 penalty shouts 3 of which were blatant penalties and he only gave 2, he saved you from being exposed as the past it, lathargic, fragile, inexperienced and incompetent side that you are currently are.
05/02/2012 22:33:00
a team that gives away a 3 goal lead at home will cause a lot of bitterness with thieir fans. A team that comes back to level 3- 3 now that wins you titles .Now bring on the scousers
05/02/2012 22:45:00
it is no wonder man.u have 19 trophies,which are right gotten from the same bias officiating by your 12 man howard webb and the fa.i am just sitting here and wondering what would your trophy cabinet would be without the help of all this bias decission.
05/02/2012 23:08:00
It's only my hate for ÔéČity and Chelski that makes me find this alll hilarious. Towards the end of the game I heard Cahill was man making Webb.
Tottenham Hotcore
06/02/2012 01:42:00
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