Chelsea 1-1 Manchester United

 

Manchester United were just 10 minutes away from breaking Chelsea's unbeaten run at Stamford Bridge but had to settle for a 1-1 draw in their Premiership clash on Sunday.

 

United's defensive approach to the game looked to have worked as they entered the last 10 minutes with a 1-0 lead after Ji Sung Park had broken the deadlock early in the 18th minute but Salomon Kalou headed home from a long free kick to extend Chelsea's unbeaten home run to 85 matches.

 

Cristiano Ronaldo, Ryan Giggs and Nani were all on the bench as manager Alex Ferguson went ahead with an unusual combo of Owen Hargreaves and Park in order to counter the threat posed by Chelsea full backs. The move looked to have worked in favor of the visitors as Chelsea struggled to create any real chances early in the first half even though they dominated the possession.

 

United almost took the lead in the first five minutes of the match when Petr Cech decided to come out of his penalty area but was unable to clear the ball with Rooney's hooked shot flying inches wide of the post. The visitors took a deserved lead in the 18th minute when Berbatov's shot was parried by Cech into the path of Park who made no mistake from close range.

 

Both the teams had injury concerns with Ricardo Carvalho replaced by Alex while Edwin van Der Sar limped off the field with Tomasz Kuszczak taking his place. Anelka should have equalized for Chelsea midway through the second half when Joe Cole found the striker with a brilliant cross but the French striker was unable to connect from just four yards out with Kuszczak stranded.

 

The hosts finally equalized in the 80th minute when Jon Mikel Obi punted the ball into the United penalty area and Kalou was the quickest to react and headed the ball past the United keeper to pull his side level. Kalou almost won the game for Chelsea late in the game but Gary Neville put in a brilliant tackle to deflect the shot over the bar as United returned home with just a point.

 




Tags: Manchester United, Chelsea, Cristiano Ronaldo, Petr Cech, Edwin van Der Sar

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