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Chelsea down Man United

2011-03-02 06:25

London - Chelsea came from behind to beat Manchester United 2-1 thanks to Frank Lampard's 79th-minute penalty at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday and put the brakes on the visitors' charge towards the Premier League title.

United deservedly led through Wayne Rooney's 29th-minute shot but defender David Luiz equalised nine minutes into the second half.

The champions, unbeaten at home against United since 2002, surged forward after that and took the points after Chris Smalling tripped substitute Yuri Zhirkov.

United remain top on 60 points, four clear of Arsenal, who have a game in hand. Manchester City are third on 50 with champions Chelsea now up to fourth on 48.

"It was a great performance by us. We didn't deserve that," United manager Alex Ferguson told Sky Sports. "It's three years in a row the referees' decisions have changed the game.

"I'm proud of my players tonight, they've endured a lot of decisions against them and they've done their best."

Defender Nemanja Vidic's stoppage-time red card for a second booking completed United's miserable night. Ferguson felt Luiz should also been sent off for a robust challenge on Rooney and Chelsea coach Carlo Ancelotti said the defender "could have been lucky".

The Italian was pleased with his side's commitment.

"The performance was really good. If you do not play well you cannot beat Man Utd," he said.

The fixture that has so often been billed as a virtual title decider in recent seasons, initially had something of a low-key feel about it with Chelsea unaccustomedly so far adrift of their rivals and their hopes of retaining the title long gone.

Ancelotti opted to go with Fernando Torres and Nicolas Anelka as his front men, leaving Didier Drogba on the bench.

Alex Ferguson also permed two from three with Rooney and Javier Hernandez starting together, with Dimitar Berbatov among the substitutes. It was the same strike force from Saturday's 4-0 win over Wigan Athletic.

The manager said before the game that Rooney was fortunate to be playing having escaped a ban for his off-the-ball elbowing of Wigan's James McCarthy but he was not the only pantomime villain on show as United gave a special welcome to Ashley Cole.

The England defender had been fined and investigated by the police for shooting a member of the Chelsea staff with an air gun at their training ground. One United fan held up a sign saying: "Don't shoot Ashley" while all of them roared "shoot" every time he touched the ball.

In an open, attacking game, United gradually took control and Rooney should have put them ahead when he mistimed a header after 21 minutes.

He made amends eight minutes later when he collected the ball 25 metres out, turned in acres of space and drove a fierce low shot beyond Petr Cech into the bottom corner.

Chelsea showed more energy after the break and levelled after 54 minutes when Ivanovic headed a deep cross into the path of Luiz and the Brazilian defender waited for it to drop before expertly slamming a shot past Edwin van der Sar.

Drogba replaced Anelka after an hour while Berbatov went on for Hernandez 10 minutes later. Ryan Giggs also joined the fray for his 606th league game, equalling Bobby Charlton's United record set on the same ground in 1973.

Chelsea begun to control more of the ball, forcing United to defend deep and it was another subsitute, Zhirkov, on in the 71st minute for Florent Malouda, who turned the game when he went down under the challenge of Smalling.

Lampard dispatched a powerful penalty and Chelsea, instead of trailing the leaders by 18 points, are now 12 adrift and back in the Champions League places.

Reuters

Comments
  • Gunner - 2011-03-02 07:30

    Well done Chelsea....Latest news from OT. The bully(fergie) has stated he was unhappy that the FA did not appoint Howard Webb to ref. the game yesterday but assured all manure supporters that Atkinson will soon be on his payroll....

      seeps.mazi - 2011-03-02 07:47

      Latest News : West Brom win Carling Cup and Arsenal still seeking first trophy in 6 years!!! You guys are getting serious dust clouds in that Trophy cabinet..... Maybe Arsene should his MBA in there to take up some space what say you?

      seeps.mazi - 2011-03-02 07:49

      My apologies it was BIRMINGHAM - wasn't thinking there... Had to deal with many retarded Arsenal fans this morning along with Liverpool fans who have no place in any argument at the moment.

      Jackie - 2011-03-02 07:54

      I can't understand why Fergie rested Webb (leading player for goal assists for several years now) for this big fixture, I'm sure Fergie will bring him back for the real big fixture, the mighty LIVERPOOL v THE MANURE, Webb had a great game for Manure the last time these two met.

      Suckerz - 2011-03-02 08:33

      Wow! All of you Chelsea supporters? (except seeps) Arsenal can't even buy a trophy these days and Liverpool sold their Trophy cabinet for something more important... dvd's of the Glory Days. So Tail-Gunner and Wackie, stick to commenting on the games you guys play...

      Man U - 2011-03-02 09:45

      @ Jackie: Mighty Liverpool? Please explain? Only thing mighty about them is their mouths and supporters mouths cause they have nothing to show for the past 20 years to suggest that they are mighty! Apart from that 2005 CL trophy that the ref assisted in getting for Liverfool!

      mikedek - 2011-03-02 10:58

      Got it wrong mate. Manchester United sold him in the summer transfer window!! Atkinson will get more than a "boot" thrown at him in the dressing room from Sir Fergie should he be brought onto their books!!

      Ginseng - 2011-03-02 20:50

      Pitty about the bad decisions but still proud of the boys. United played well and I think a draw would've been a fair result. We are still top guy so keep your heads up. Chelsea isn't going to win anything this season, neither will Liverpool (no suprises there) so that should put a smile on your face if nothing else. Arsenal are looking good and the league will go down to the wire but I think we'll get it in the end. And for those of you calling Manchester United "Manure" , how old are you? My friends used to call United that back in primary school so I assume you are all a bunch of 13 year olds on your parents accounts. There is nothing wrong with showing a little respect for each others teams and just enjoying the competition in the Premier League. There is no need for slating and childish name calling.

  • Magnoman - 2011-03-02 07:40

    Oh well ..... What goes around comes around ..... fouls off the ball, a penalty ( now MU supporters can feel what it's like to get blown away although the penalty was not anywhere near as dubious as the one awarded against Liverpool in the FA cup, ) and the league is at least now getting interesting .... Chelsea midfield was lazy on defense and never ran with the attackers leaving them with acres of space. The red card was well deserved, Luiz also should have received one, but Chelsea are too far back to be a threat and now it's between MU and Arsenal. Go West Ham !!!

  • seeps.mazi - 2011-03-02 07:49

    My apologies it was BIRMINGHAM - wasn't thinking there... Had to deal with many retarded Arsenal fans this morning along with Liverpool fans who have no place in any argument at the moment.

      Gilgamesh - 2011-03-02 11:02

      Typical Man U supporter, blaming someone else for their errors. Why adopt such a childish stance? Accept that this is the beginning of the decline for the season. Arsenal is on track for the triple, and your side is heading for the has-been heap. You got beaten by a Chelsea side that can't even play with themselves at the moment and still your mouth is wide open making 'superior' noises. This is why Man U is the only side that is hated by ALL other supporters.

      seeps.mazi - 2011-03-02 12:18

      No my friend Man United is hated by all because they actuaklly win things. Arsenal Treble? Buddy I will give you R10 000 grand if that happens because the only treble they will get is of Silver medals IF they progress anywhere in The Champions League and FA Cup. I seem to recall how much everybody hated Liverpool a few years back - the tallest trees catch the most wind. Besides your kak choice of football team you and I could have a beer and discuss Sharks rugby

      Gunner Nash - 2011-03-03 08:53

      @Seeps: R10 000 000???? wow u'r loaded dude! should have used some of that money on the ref.

  • Gary - 2011-03-02 08:19

    Really enjoyed the game but unfortunately the referee decide the outcome and not the players. Atkinson has a history of bad decision making so why was he appointed to referee such a high profile match? After a similar decision last season Man Utd lost the league by 1 point giving Chelsea the Premiership by default.

      Magnoman - 2011-03-02 19:07

      didnt hear you bawling about the bad decisions other teams get !!!

  • RED MANC - 2011-03-02 09:08

    Agreed Gary - the ref stuffed up a decent game of football . Just goes to show that Chelsea can only beat United with a lot of help from the ref ( twelfth man ) . GGMU !!

      brokennews - 2011-03-02 12:01

      thats rich coming from a Man UTD supporter. WHat goes around comes around...Ronney deserve to be smashed yesterday. GOod work BLUES

  • Vince - 2011-03-02 09:12

    Fergie " three years in a row the referee has changed the out come of the match" Every home game Manure plays the referees change the out come of the match in their favour. eg. dubious penalties, adding on old trafford time etc.

      seeps.mazi - 2011-03-02 09:18

      My friend that is more than just a little over the top. The penalty on this occasion was dubious to say the least and Atkinson is a weak ref and has botched many an important games not just this one. Take off whatever coloured glasses you have on and get some clear vision bifocals bro

      FootieLover - 2011-03-02 09:26

      It's amazing how short memories MANURE have......suddenly they are crying foul......but forgetting about all the decisions that have gone their way for a long time and again over the weekend, Rooney stayed on the pitch and definately influenced the outcome of the Wigan game....the score doesn't reflect the true story of the game as it was 0-0 when Rooney should've have seen red.....so you Manure fans think before you cry foul...........

      seeps.mazi - 2011-03-02 10:29

      If you are a fooite lover as your name suggests then you would know that Howard Webb is the best ref in the Premiership statiscally speaking and that Atkinson is the worst. That being said I would love a stat on how many penalties Chelsea get at the Bridge aswell........

      Aribs - 2011-03-02 11:55

      mate...you are clueless. look at the game and the way it was officiated. was bollocks the way Luiz was tackling and throwing himself all over the place...that tackle on Rooney was a straight red bar the yellow he had recieved already...freakin dirty clown

      Licikityspit - 2011-03-02 14:12

      @ seeps doesnt matter what the ref did, the record books will say chelsea 2 united 1, United fans always complain and shift blaim when they lose. This is what makes football so interesting! it is still United's title to lose though, their closest rivals is my beloved Gunners. Sad to say that we've been playing "attractive" football for years now and still nothing hope the youngsters can do it this year and take the Title

  • Cjay - 2011-03-02 09:15

    Sad about the refs these days, but I suppose what can we expect if FIFA continue to ignore technology, there will be more and more contentious incidents. Football continues to lag behind other sporting codes, as a result of this, one only has to look at rugby, cricket, hockey to start with. Unfortunately coupled to this is the poor sportsmanship displayed by the modern footballers, fake "dives", pulling, pushing, elbows and many other learnt dishonest tactics. Maybe one day someone will wake up and decide it's long past the time for including technology to assist linesmen and referees and we may actually get to see a proper game of football played by truly talented individuals.

      Magnoman - 2011-03-02 19:11

      you right !! Nani is a diver, Ronaldo for sure, Suarez may also be one, and as far as every downtrodden MU supporter thinks every ref who gives a decision against them is a muff diver.

  • Gunner Nash - 2011-03-02 09:28

    excuses excuses excuses!!! sound fimiliar? I guess chelsea outbid man utd in "refs bribe" this time. I must admit theses utd supporters are the biggest hypocrites ever. Who's whigning now? karma's a bitch aint she...

      Man U - 2011-03-02 09:40

      @Gunner Nash: Wow, where were your comments when Arsenal lost on Sunday? Also you guys had the better of the decisions on Sunday as well. You should have played with 10 from the 2nd minute fool! But you still lost playing with 12 players! Arsenal are cheap faders and will battle to finish 2nd. Just watch you Gooner! Who's the hypocrite now?

      Albo - 2011-03-02 10:22

      @Gunner Nash - hehehe, I don`t think I`ve ever seen you comment on a Arse-nil page. I suppose you`ve run out of excuses!! To answer your question: no, it does`nt sound familiar because this was only the second loss. Congrats to Chelsea!! UTD`s mistake was to stop attacking after they scored. Can Fergie please git rid of Carrick and O`Shea ffs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      seeps.mazi - 2011-03-02 10:27

      Ahem.......................... never mind I don't see why I should dignify you with a comment but just because you running your mouth...............6 YEARS AND COUNTING!!!!!!!

      Gilgamesh - 2011-03-02 11:06

      Seeps talking about dignity.... bit of an oxymoron...

  • doggas1 - 2011-03-02 09:33

    David Luiz and Ivanovic should have been sent off , Penalty should have gone Manutd's way with Terry using his hand again. No penalty for Chelsea, Smalling stand his ground. Why does Chelsea always gets the Referee's favour. And for the Record Howard Webb is a fair referee.

      Jackie - 2011-03-02 09:37

      For the record Howard Webb is the worst referee in the League and that's an absolute given.

      seeps.mazi - 2011-03-02 10:26

      Jackie please could you substantiate your argument then? As statistically speaking Howard Webb is the best in the business and Atkinson is.....well a tosser.

      Dragno - 2011-03-02 10:40

      A shoulder is now a hand haha. poor poor doggas. and the penalty was a clear penalty. you trip someone in the box then its a penalty. Was a great game and the result spoke for itself. good to see that pig vidic get sent off.

      seeps.mazi - 2011-03-02 10:52

      Dragno did he really trip him or was it more a case of standing his ground( as defenders are allowed to) and the player touching his leg and doing the hollywood dive? I am not too sure about the hand/shoulder situation

      Dragno - 2011-03-02 10:55

      As a neutral i dont wear blue or red glasses and i can tell you one thing the fact of the matter is he was tripped. Its a shame that there had to be a penalty to decide the outcome of such a close contest but it was a clear penalty.

      Me2 - 2011-03-02 11:28

      I agree with you...I hate watching Chelsea ( and I watch a lot of football) play because of their dirty tactics. Luiz made 3 really nasty body checks on MU players and Ivanovic's unnecessary attack on Nani, went un punished. Drogba was pulling on Vidics shirt, right in front of the Ref.Ass., and got away with it...sorry to say but Vidic's frustration got the better of him.

      brokennews - 2011-03-02 12:06

      Hahahahahahaha loser. Just like Rooney should have been banned for his dirty elbow. Yob..

      Dragno - 2011-03-02 12:38

      Lol you seriously commenting about how dirty chelsea is when man united are the dirtiest team barring only blackburn and wigan in the premiership

  • doggas1 - 2011-03-02 09:51

    Record : Howard Webb is a good referee statistically. Mike Dean and Atkinson worst.

  • Puna$ - 2011-03-02 10:36

    talk united,talk. i wonder what u wil say afta beaten by liverpool,not after arsenal win the league,ohhh soon after knocked out from the Champions League.....u wil sing yr song"refree this...refreee that refreeee"

      seeps.mazi - 2011-03-02 10:43

      What are you trying to sy my friend? Your doing a whole lotta typing and very little sense making. So Arsenal will win the league before Liverpool beat us? And soon after who has been knocked OUT of the Champions League not from as it is a competition not a place. What is a Refree? is that like free again or something/ In fact............... shut your pie hole dude seriously it sounds like somebody taught the company chimp how to play on the computer and now it's gone too far

      Gilgamesh - 2011-03-02 11:11

      Seeps, you are pathetic. You are having a go at Puna about his spelling but your writing is no better than a child's. Look at your comments again, you're embarrassing yourself.

      Albo - 2011-03-02 11:33

      @Puna - careful dude, you might not qualify for the CL next season.

      Aribs - 2011-03-02 11:58

      Where u on tik when yu wrote this...no sense made out of this comment...

      seeps.mazi - 2011-03-02 12:22

      Where did I mention spelling turd? You are illiterate Gilgamesh - scrap that beer and go support the Lions man. Twit

  • poorwhite - 2011-03-02 10:37

    I HATE MANU and all their narrow minded, biased,hypocritical supporters...plus their ahole manager who cries foul all the time...always an excuse when they lose...never thanking the refs for helping his team but bitching when they don't! I support anyone that plays against "MANURE"

      seeps.mazi - 2011-03-02 10:39

      Clearly a poor white with no education. Good luck with all that hate buddy, you should try get laid or something it'll release some tension. Why not support your own team - whoever that is - and hope they win instead of hoping that we lose?

      mikedek - 2011-03-02 11:10

      Reality mate is that all those who do not support Manchester United generally hate them so what are you trying to convey. Just look at the trophy cabinet and then you have grounds to pass comment on the "top" manager in the league. Do you think we Manchester United supporters love Chelsea or Liverpool, but we do not need to be so openely biased about it. Keep on hating them, that is what makes them so good.(Have not heard of many people hating West Ham or Everton!)

      Aribs - 2011-03-02 12:01

      Pity...poor white = LOSER>. Reports show that losers hate winners. No ref has helped Man United win trophies or titles. Stick to table tennis or something. I'd rather be MANC than a Wank...

      Bob - 2011-03-03 08:26

      Seeps.mazi, you are hilarious, a very biased Man U fan, nothing new about that, so where in the world do you figure that statisically Howard Webb is the best ref in the league and Atkinson is a "tosser", it is a known fact that Webb is a crap ref and has a habit of awarding everything to the Scum, any and everybody that follows the game knows this, even my Scum supporting mates have to laugh at his biased refereeing, get yr head out of your ass and stop talking through it. Talk about Chiefs or some team and league you may know something about.

      doggas1 - 2011-03-03 13:10

      Bob, Bob, Bob. Education is very important. Statistics is higher than facts. So if it is a known fact, where did you get this info? You Anti Man Fans always have a lot to say. Always looking forward to MUTD play. Can't help if we are the best. Watch the games and see the difference between the referees. YOU stop watching Chiefs and Pirates

  • poorwhite - 2011-03-02 10:45

    Sorry seeps....truth hurts! as mentioned I support ANY other team....oh, and most probably more educated than you....I'm 42 and retired....not laying about like you wasting your company's money!

      Albo - 2011-03-02 11:37

      Sheeeez it must suck to always (most of the tme anyways) see the team you support lose game after game. Why watch??

  • Tombstone - 2011-03-02 11:28

    Man United really taking a turn for the worst - cant buy the refs anymore , next they WILL be knocked out the Champions Trophy - this is cast in stone...

      doggas1 - 2011-03-02 16:43

      I'm not very confident that we will get the Championship, not while Barcelona is in. Sorry Tombstone you off the subject. Rest In Peace

  • BINGO - 2011-03-02 11:28

    good riddens to manU

  • thundyr - 2011-03-02 11:29

    Aw shame, Fergie forget to bribe the ref for this one? How unfortunate that the scum fail to win at Stamford Bridge, when they win regularly at Old Trafford against any side thanks to Howard Webb? Would love to know how "saw via peripheral vision another player being impeded off the ball and therefore awarded a free kick" can be classified as "sufficiently dealing with a player elbowing an opponent in the head for the second time in his career". Can dish it out but can't take it.

      Aribs - 2011-03-02 12:02

      Who do you support buddy....?

  • Aribs - 2011-03-02 12:06

    To all you Man United haters out there. Ask yourself this question: Why do you hate United and all their supporters so much? Is it because they have dominated your sides and accumlated more silverware than any side in a 20 ear span? If this is the case then all of you are the sour ones and not us....Food For Thought. United till I die> I'd rather be a MANC than a Wank.

      poorwhite - 2011-03-02 12:35

      Mancers are wankers!

      mikedek - 2011-03-02 13:39

      Poorwhite. You seem to be the wanker as you cannot say anything constructive about the game except view your hatred for Manchester United and their supporters. Not a suprise that are retired at 42. Get back into the real world!

      ShabirS - 2011-03-02 14:45

      Manure supporters only see when things do not go their way, a legitimate Chelsea goal was disallowed and they do not even mention that at all.

      Aribs - 2011-03-02 15:19

      Refresh my memory...what legimate goal was disallowed...?

      Aribs - 2011-03-02 15:26

      Poor white...you remind of a guy I once knew. He used to sit on his couch with his 1972 Liverpool flag pinned to the wall above him. Total Scouse who was a total loser and he thought he knew everything about football but he actually knew sqaut. He took joy in pissin on peoples batterys and throwing insults at peoples teams...that's a wanker...not teams that win trophies.

      Magnoman - 2011-03-02 19:13

      you not worth replying 2 --- why did i waste my time.

  • brokennews - 2011-03-02 12:08

    What goes around comes around. Rooney deserved the treatment he got yesterday. I'm only sorry he didn't bleed. BLUES!!

  • doggas1 - 2011-03-02 16:53

    It's the inconsistency that is the problem. And some of us are just as inconsistent as the refs. We have had a couple of soft penalties this season and didn't complain. Louis Saha scored earlier in the season when he was in an offside position and the ball was "played on" by a defender. Last night Rooney had a very similar goal disallowed. No doubt the refs sat down and decided how to handle future incidents after the Saha affair. I blame the media.They hyped up the Rooney incident so much and made sure all the comments on their forums were about United always getting favourable treatment and how refrees are afraid of Ferguson. I am certain that Atkinson was under pressure to give every 50/50 decision to Chelsea. But we shouldn't just take this one match in isolation. The standard of refereeing has deteriorated and there have been more controversial decisions this season than ever before. It's the cynic in me, but maybe it's done deliberately to keep football in the spotlight. SKY are the biggest culprits. They are now talking about the title race "being blown wide open" whereas it is still a 2 horse race. Their report says that Zhrikov was " felled" by Smalling. What bulldust. You could see the look of delight on Andy Townsend's face last night. If a team is running away with the title, the neutral fans lose interest. Viewereship drops and advertising revenue drops. It is in the interest of all parties, the media, the FA, the clubs and the players to have a tight finish to the season and have controversial incidents to keep football in the spotlight. There is a lot of competition between sports to get air time. I am not suggesting for one minute that matches are fixed, but maybe a little whisper in the ref's ear "Would help all of us if Chelsea were to win tonight." There is just too much money involved nowadays. It is becoming more and more of an entertainment business where average players earn huge money. Think of what Ben Foster was saying earlier this week. If he lost he wanted to go home to his wfie and kids. Some of the other players took it too seriously. Training was too competitive. He is one of many players who don't bother too much about the result so long as he gets his cheque at the end of the week. As you can guess I am very bitter about the result last night. We were well on top at half time. Then the ref decided to take centre stage.

  • Magnoman - 2011-03-02 19:12

    WHEN IS FIFA GOING TO MAKE THE SIMPLE RULE THAT ONLY THE CAPTAIN HAS A RIGHT TO SPEAK TO THE REF !!!!

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