Untied are thru to the semis. Chelsea were AWFUL and deserved to be knocked out. Is the end of their last decade or so run? They need to get younger, especially in defense!
PEEEEEP PEEEP PEEP
90 + - Final minute in injury time. What a woeful second half.
87:00 – Malouda, sends in a stinging shot that Van de Sar dives and pushes wide. Hard to believe he’s 40 years old!
83:00 – Chelsea finally showing some character and are attacking United’s goal, but so little and way too late. I think Chelsea’s defensive woes are worse then Liverpool’s. At least Liverpool have some young talent coming up in Kelly and Flanagan.
76:00 – GOOOOOAAAAL – WHAT A RESPONSE BY UNITED AND PARK. The South Korean traps it easily on the chest and hammers it home. Chelsea’s defense is AWFUL! United 3- Chelsea 1
75:00 – GOOOOOAAAAL – Drogba. The Ivorian latches on a great Essien pass and slides it pas Van de Sar. Game on! United 2- Chelsea 1
71:00 – And that’s really it for Chelsea as Ramires picks up his second yellow on a stupid challenge on Nani and is sent off. Now they’re down to 10 men and down 2-0.
70:00 – Chelsea’s defense is poor. Rooney runs down the wing to latch onto a pass and sends a looping cross in that the Chelsea defenders watch as Giggs comes flying in. Luckily for Chelsea his header is weak and Cech grabs it.
64:00 – Where as the first half was an example of good football, the second half has been dogged in missed passes and a lack of urgency from Chelsea.
61:00 - Ancelotti getting desperate here as he takes of Anelka and puts on Kalou.
57:00 - Drogba still has it as he receives a pass far from the box, juggles and spins and sends a shot wide. Sadly, thats been the best attempt since Lampards gentle tap in the first half.
53:00 – Rather a slow start to the second half. Chelsea have had some half-hearted attempts at goal but they all have gone wide. That’s the problem here, no real desire or heart being shown.
Drogba on for Torres…WOW. I think they should have kept them both on…Maybe take off Essien?
TWEEET and the second half is underway.
PEEEEP PEEP – Halftime. United are in the driving seat and cruise from here. Does Chelsea have an answer?
45:00 - Damn it. I SOOOOO wanted penalties. What an awful time to let a goal in. Chelsea have to score 2 now.
44:00 – GOOOOOOAAAAAAL – Chicharito stays onside this time as he pushes it in form a yard out. O’Shea completely fools Anelka and slips a pass to Giggs who sends an inch perfect pass across the box and Hernandez slides into to send it home. United 1 – Chelsea 0
42:00 – It’s rare that i stick up for John Terry as I think he’s an over rated despicable bastard, but he earns a yellow for a foul on Hernandez. To be fair (it pains me to write this), Chicharito ran into the England captain and Terry was just playing D. That wasn’t even a foul.
41:00 – Good all around football from both teams. Chelsea ping the ball around with some great passes though it takes them about 10 to get out of their own half. Finally Anelka gets hold of it and gives it straight to Evra.
35:00 - If Rooney was a Native American, his name would be Tatonka!
33:00 - Rooney counter with the speed of a hungry viper as Chicharito sends in a great ball to space for Nani to chase down. He hems and haws for a bit as Rooney and Park come to help, but he is brought down by Ramires who earns a yellow. He will miss the first round of the semi if Chelsea advance.
30:00 - Van de Sar with an incredible sliding tackle. Anelka gets the ball out wide and for some reason Van de Sar comes out and as Anelka attempts to skip past him, the Dutchman slides in, takes the ball off him cleanly and sends it to touch. O’Shea should take note!
29:00 - Another player who has lost their mojo is Essien. What happened to the Bison and Matts original man crush?
27:00 – Chicharito dives in and sends the ball into the back of the net but he is correctly ruled offside. That was a lovely pass from Rooney and equally sneaky from Hernandez.
21:00 – Lampard shows pace from his younger days and brings the ball into the United half. Sadly his stamina is that of his future days and he has to lay it off.
19:00 – Ramires on a mission as he gets the ball from inside his own box and out runs everyone of his teammates all the way into the other half. He lays off to Torres who sends in a hospital pass out to Malouda and he is duly fouled by O’Shea. Lamps takes the free kick and it goes sailing over the bar.
15:00 – Malouda’s turn to show off his dribbling skills as he saunters past three United defenders and slides one back for Fat Frank to smash into the back of the net. Lampard though, tries for the soft placement and Van de Sar dives and saves easily.
13:00 - Chicharito skips and turns and sends in a dangerous cross that Ramires unknowingly clears for a corner. From it Torres clears but nothing is going his way as he is caught in possession. Luckily the ball falls to a blue shirt and it is cleared properly.
12:00 – Anelka sends in a cross and Torres heads it just wide. Better from the Spaniard!
9:00 – Park shows some wonderful skill as he scampers past a couple of Chelsea defenders and then back heels an inviting ball into the middle of the box. Rooney charges thru but Ivanovic clears. Great stuff from Rooney and Park.
8:00 – Ramires charges in again and causes a few problems for United but Van de Sar bravely pounces on the ball. Torres might not be scoring but he is certainly showing more effort than he did in the latter stages of his Merseyside career.
6:00 – Nani is fouled and gets a free kick at the side of the penalty box, but his effort goes right into the waiting hands of Cech.
4:00 – Park really should get more starts. I know he’s an automatic for Champions League games, but his hustle and determination are really impressive, and it’s not like he is lacking skill either. More EPL games for the Korean says TSG!
2:00 - Ramires starts of brightly as he charges down the spine of United’s defense. Good skill and power from the slight Brazilian, but his pass to Cole is a little too hard and it goes out for a throw in.
TWEEEEET. and United kick it off.
Only one exchange each of the children. You might ask why i always remark on this. I find it curious that the number of kids presented varies and there is no rhyme or reason to it. These are things WE NEED TO KNOW!
On a random note, I LOVE the music behind the new Heineken ad. The one with the guy fighting people at a party and the gorgeous blond singing…for those of you who like it too, its “The Golden Age” by the Asteroids Galaxy.
Man Utd: Van der Sar, O’Shea, Ferdinand, Vidic, Evra, Nani,Carrick, Giggs, Park, Rooney, Hernandez.
Subs: Kuszczak, Brown, Berbatov, Smalling, Scholes, Valencia, Gibson.
Chelsea: Cech, Ivanovic, Alex, Terry, Cole, Ramires, Essien, Lampard, Anelka, Torres, Malouda.
Subs: Turnbull, Benayoun, Drogba, Mikel, Zhirkov, Ferreira, Kalou.
Back with the starting line-ups shortly!
Just about the only game that matters in the UEFA Champion’s League goes down right…about…now.
Manchester United vs. Chelsea. Sir Alex Ferguson vs. Carlo Ancelotti.
Fernando Torres vs…..vs….World Wide Web.
Sure Barca is playing Donetsk, but the Catalans could likely have Thierry Henry trot out there and be fine in that one. They held serve and then some at home last week. A 5-1 drubbing likely had the Guardiola’s minions discussing strategy last night….over vodka.
Messi don’t dive and Barca won’t die.
The main event, about to start rumbling.
Chelsea needing an away goal and John Terry needing to hold on to his footing.