Chelsea 0-1 Manchester United
Manchester United take a significant advantage into their Champions League quarter-final second leg at Old Trafford next Tuesday after Wayne Rooney’s first-half strike separated the sides at Stamford Bridge.
United defended stoutly as Chelsea struggled. But they were fortunate not to concede a stoppage-time penalty for Patrice Evra’s challenge on Ramires.
Evra was the hero in first-half stoppage-time when he cleared Frank Lampard’s close-range effort off the line after Fernando Torres struck a post.
However, United controlled an opening period of few chances to that point. And they took a deserved lead on 24 minutes.
Michael Carrick’s crossfield pass was brilliantly taken in his stride by Ryan Giggs who cut the ball back from the by-line for Wayne Rooney to side-foot in off the post from 12 yards.
Chelsea were more purposeful after half-time. But they didn’t seriously threaten an equaliser until Torres’s header from Jose Bosingwa’s right-wing cross was acrobatically tipped aside by United keeper Edwin Van der Sar.
United rode their luck in stoppage-time when Evra bundled over Ramires with a clumsy challenge from behind.
However, the referee waved away Chelsea’s strong penalty appeals and further enraged the Blues by booking Torres for diving in the box moments later.
Tags: Manchester United, Wayne Rooney, Fernando Torres, Edwin Van der Sar