Manchester United 0 - 1 Chelsea

Match info: Premier League at Old Trafford

Date: 05/05/2013 KO: 16:00 Ref: H Webb Att: 75,500

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Phil Jones 87 (og)

FT (ht: 0-0)

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  • Man Utd 0 Chelsea 1. Dramatic end to the game sees the Blues take the spoils, offering their top-four bid a welcome shot in the arm. United end the day with 10 men. Arguments still going on.

  • Last chance for United and Giggs can't play the ball long. Chelsea happy to see it back to Cech, who takes his time with a clearance.

  • Torres concedes another needless free-kick, this time in his own half. Giggs clips the ball forward, but Torres makes amends by nodding clear. Ramires counters, but is on his own. He cuts in field and sends an ambitious shot well wide.

  • Jones into Hernandez, who has Cole and Lampard at his back. A combination of that two concede a free-kick. United throw numbers forward, but make nothing of the set-piece.

  • Torres climbing all over Jones, and concedes a free-kick deep in United territory. Chelsea happy for the ball to be down that end of the field.

  • Chelsea looking to run down the clock. Mata makes his way slowly from the field to be replaced by Ake. Four minutes stoppage-time to be played.

  • Rafael finally makes his way down the tunnel. Final change for United is made as Hernandez replaces Valencia.

  • Tempers boiling over again. Rafael pulled up for a foul, for which he is sent off. Giggs not happy with Oscar asking for a card. Rafael kicked Luiz after the ball had gone. Chelsea man laughing as he goes to ground.

  • Rooney feels he should have had a free-kick in the build-up to the goal, but he didn't get one and Chelsea lead. Could be a huge goal for them in their top-four quest.

  • GOAL CHELSEA - MATA. At last we get a goal and it arrives for the visitors. Ramires opts against a shot and finds Oscar. He moves the ball left to Mata, who sees a low drive deflected onto the inside of the post and into the back of the net.

  • Frustration boils over for Luiz and he is booked for questioning a decision by Webb. He has a point when he says he should have had a throw, but the decision is on halfway and isn't going to influence proceedings greatly. Team-mates quick to calm him down.

  • Mata sees a shot blocked by Jones. Lampard then sees his route to goal blocked off. Giggs still chasing around putting out fires for United. Chelsea can't pick the lock.

  • Valencia touches on to Rooney, who moves the ball on to Van Persie. Flag up again. A bit of afters, but it soon blows over. Vidic with another commanding header at the back for United.

  • Plenty of willing takers for Chelsea. Howard Webb takes an age to get the United wall sorted out. Once he does, Luiz wins the set-piece argument and fires a poor effort high, wide and not very handsome. Sums up the game.

  • Torres plays the ball off Rafael, who prevents a corner. Lampard then has the ball taken of his toe. Poor clearance from Rafael gifts the ball to Ramires. He gets the ball back and finds Mata on the edge of the box. He is bundled over 20 yards from goal by Evra. Great chance for Chelsea.

  • Giggs takes the corner, which is touched clear at the near post. Ramires looks to run the ball out for Chelsea. Jones with a cynical shove to prevent the counter. He is booked.

  • Giggs wide towards Valencia, but the pass is spotted early by Cole. Chelsea then give the ball away. Giggs surges down the right and finds Rafael. He looks to square across the face of goal and Ivanovic deflects the ball into the side-netting.

  • Mata delivers again. Lindegaard comes again, and wins a free-kick as he is blocked off on his way to getting a hand to the ball. At the other end, Rooney eases Cole out of the way as he challenges for a high ball and concedes a free-kick.

  • Lampard delivers. Lindegaard caught under the ball and Jones has to nod behind at the back post. Mata takes from the other side. His delivery is met by Lindegaard, who diverts the ball over for another corner.

  • Rooney through the middle and looks to clip a pass into Van Persie. Ivanovic stands tall for Chelsea. Torres has gone wide right. Lampard with space to operate in and send a cross towards Mata. He misses the ball and Rafael bundles behind.


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