Chelsea 2-Manchester United 3: Mata's goal is not worth before “red devils”
The expulsions of Serbian Branislav Ivanovic and Spaniard Fernando Torres undermined Chelsea's options to beat Manchester United, who finished an even match thanks to a goal from Mexican Javier “Chicharito” Hernández, claimed as offside by the “blues, a quarter of an hour remaining (2-3).
Between the minute 63 and the 68, the duel at Stamford Bridge, until then balanced (2-2), suffered an unexpected turn with the direct red that Ivanovic saw for a foul on the edge of the area and the second yellow that the “Boy”, supposedly, for simulating a fall at the edge of the United area. The clash began again, with the “blues” on disadvantage, and behind were the early goals of the “Red Devils”, work of the Brazilian David Luiz, own goal, and the Dutch Robin Van Persie, as well as the comeback “blue” that the Spanish Juan Mata and the also Brazilian Ramires had made a reality. With his goal, “Chicharito” settled in the minute 75 a match that leaves Chelsea with a single point advantage at the top of the table, with United and Manchester City on his heels.
Both teams knew in advance that today's match was one of the most important of the first round. At four in the afternoon in London, With Sunday light already fading in the British capital, the “Red Devils” they stormed at Stramford Bridge. In minute two, they had already created an occasion to question the defense “blue”, whose axis was governed by Gary Cahill and David Luiz in the absence of central John Terry, sanctioned for the racist insults directed at QPR footballer Anton Ferdinand.
In minute four, the visitors recovered a ball in midfield and left it in Wayne Rooney's boots, who entered the area on the right and placed it in the center for the Dutch Robin Van Persie to finish off and finish in the net after crashing into the body of the Brazilian Luiz.
It was just the beginning of a fateful meeting stretch for Roberto Di Matteo's men: just eight minutes later, Ecuadorian Antonio Valencia controlled the ball, back on the right wing, and advanced to the baseline to trace back a long low ball that overcame the defense “blue” and easily found Van Persie's foot that, this time yes, sent it directly to the network.
Stamford Bridge saw in the last minutes of the first half how theirs intensified in the attack, although the fortune of Manchester United and the inspiration of the Spanish goalkeeper David De Gea, with several stops of merit, they presented the goal as an impossible task.
It was Mata who, Finally, pierced the defensive system of the “Red Devils” from set pieces.
From outside the area, the ex-Valencianista unleashed a shot that surpassed a large barrier, in which practically all the players were on the field, except De Gea and Mata, and ended up entering the United goal brushing the left stick.
The tie did not come until the start of the second half, when Mata controlled a ball “in extremis” in the small area and, instead of finishing, decided to open up to center the ball in the direction of Torres, that reached the center of the goal.
The leather, but nevertheless, passed by the “Boy” and he fell at the feet of the Brazilian Oscar, who rehearsed a center so that, this time yes, Ramires will connect a header with which he left the ball in the net.
It wasn't all good news for the locals: in the minute 62 Serbian Branislav Ivanovic left his team with ten after mowing down Ashley Young to prevent the Englishman from facing Cech alone.
El Chelsea, who had taken the Spanish César Azpilicueta onto the field after the expulsion of the Serbian, he was left with nine when Torres saw the second yellow, when considering the referee who simulated a foul by Jonny Evans, when he faced the rival area.
In inferiority, the “blues” they did not know how to keep the score balanced for many minutes, and the 75 the mexican arrived “Chicharito” Hernández to conclude, possible offside, in the net a play in which the home defense had just taken a ball from the same goal line.