October 28, 2012

Recap: Chelsea 2, Manchester United 3 (VIDEO)


Wow. We will say it again. Wow.
Manchester United defeated Chelsea, 3-2, on Sunday at Stamford Bridge in London. After starting the season as the defending champions in the UEFA Champions League and undefeated in England’s Premier League, the Blues have lost two straight — first to Shakhtar Donetsk last Tuesday and now to the Red Devils.
The loss leaves Chelsea with a one-point lead over Manchester United in the Premier League nine games into the season.
Manchester United took a 2-0 lead on an own goal and a score by Robin van Persie in the first 12 minutes of the game.
Read on to see some video highlights. (Apologies for the embedded advertisements.)

Chelsea stormed back for goals nine minutes apart spanning late in the first half (Mata’s stunning free kick) and early in the second (a header by Ramires after Mata flashed some amazing skill) to tie the game.
Not enough?
Midway through the second half, Referee Mark Clattenburg tagged Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic with his second yellow card of the game for hauling down Ashley Young on a clear goal-scoring opportunity. Minutes later, Fernando Torres, who was to be lifted for a substitute, moved past Jonny Evans but then took his second yellow of the game for a blatant dive, leaving the Blues to play with only nine men for the game’s final 22 minutes.
In between the yellow/red cards, Manchester United Manager Alex Ferguson took off Tom Cleverly and inserted the young Mexican international Javier Hernández. And it was Chicharito who gave the Red Devils the lead in the 75th minute, tucking in a shot from Rafael after getting back into the play from what appeared to be an offside position.
Did Torres deserve his second yellow card? Should have Wayne Rooney been given his second yellow card for a clumsy challenge before being substituted? Was the Javier Hernández goal offside? That is enough to fill a few hundred articles and blog postings, not to mention Twitter messages.
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