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(Man Utd) makes a substitution, with Chris Smalling coming on for Ji-Sung Park.
Fernando Torres receives a yellow card.
Antonio Valencia fouled by Fernando Torres, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Antonio Valencia.
Nicolas Anelka takes a shot. Save by Edwin Van der Sar.
Nicolas Anelka has a header from close range and clears the crossbar.
Branislav Ivanovic takes a shot. Save by Edwin Van der Sar.
Antonio Valencia gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Florent Malouda. Direct free kick taken by Ashley Cole.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Dimitar Berbatov on Branislav Ivanovic. Free kick taken by John Terry.
Foul by Rio Ferdinand on Florent Malouda, free kick awarded. Frank Lampard produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick, save by Edwin Van der Sar.
Edwin Van der Sar shown a yellow card.
Foul by Antonio Valencia on Fernando Torres, free kick awarded. Frank Lampard crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing.
Mikel is brought on as a substitute for Jose Bosingwa.
Dimitar Berbatov is brought on as a substitute for Javier Hernandez.
Florent Malouda takes a shot. Blocked by Rio Ferdinand.
Ramires gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Patrice Evra. Patrice Evra takes the free kick.
Fernando Torres takes a shot. Save by Edwin Van der Sar.
Nemanja Vidic goes into the referee's book. Nemanja Vidic gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Florent Malouda. Frank Lampard restarts play with the free kick.
(Chelsea) makes a substitution, with Nicolas Anelka coming on for Didier Drogba.
Yury Zhirkov goes off and Florent Malouda comes on.
Michael Essien has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box missing to the wide right of the goal.
Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Ryan Giggs, John Terry makes a clearance.
Luis Nani produces a cross.
Michael Essien booked. Michael Essien challenges Michael Carrick unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Nemanja Vidic.
Javier Hernandez is caught offside. Petr Cech takes the free kick.
Ji-Sung Park fouled by Didier Drogba, the ref awards a free kick. Michael Carrick restarts play with the free kick.
Short corner worked by Ryan Giggs.
Ramires goes into the referee's book. Ramires gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Patrice Evra. Patrice Evra takes the direct free kick.
Foul by Patrice Evra on Ramires, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Frank Lampard.
Shot from inside the six-yard box by Didier Drogba goes wide right of the goal.
Corner taken right-footed by Frank Lampard to the near post, clearance by Javier Hernandez.
The referee blows for offside. Petr Cech takes the indirect free kick.
Didier Drogba fouled by Patrice Evra, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Didier Drogba.
Luis Nani takes a shot. Save made by Petr Cech.
(Man Utd) makes a substitution, with Luis Nani coming on for Rafael Da Silva.
Headed effort from deep inside the area by Ramires misses to the left of the goal.
The ball is swung over by Ashley Cole.
Foul by Ji-Sung Park on Michael Essien, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Branislav Ivanovic.
Frank Lampard takes a shot. Rio Ferdinand gets a block in.
Frank Lampard takes a shot. Blocked by Patrice Evra.
Wayne Rooney takes a shot. Save by Petr Cech.
The ball is swung over by Wayne Rooney.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Ryan Giggs on Branislav Ivanovic. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Didier Drogba, clearance by Rio Ferdinand.
Ji-Sung Park gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jose Bosingwa. Jose Bosingwa takes the direct free kick.
Yury Zhirkov shown a yellow card. Yury Zhirkov challenges Javier Hernandez unfairly and gives away a free kick. Ryan Giggs takes the free kick.
Michael Essien takes a shot. Michael Carrick gets a block in.
Yury Zhirkov takes a outswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post, Javier Hernandez makes a clearance.
Shot by Fernando Torres.
Antonio Valencia gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ashley Cole. Direct free kick taken by Ashley Cole.
Foul by Didier Drogba on Nemanja Vidic, free kick awarded. Edwin Van der Sar takes the free kick.
Handball decision goes against Michael Carrick. Free kick taken by Michael Essien.
A goal is scored by Wayne Rooney from inside the box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Chelsea 0-1 Man Utd.Assist on the goal came from Ryan Giggs.
Corner taken by Ryan Giggs from the left by-line to the near post, clearance by Didier Drogba.
Antonio Valencia fouled by Ashley Cole, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Rio Ferdinand.
Yury Zhirkov gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Antonio Valencia. Ryan Giggs restarts play with the free kick.
Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Frank Lampard, Rio Ferdinand manages to make a clearance.
Didier Drogba takes a shot. Edwin Van der Sar makes a save.
The ball is swung over by Jose Bosingwa.
Fernando Torres fouled by Antonio Valencia, the ref awards a free kick. Frank Lampard takes the free kick.
Ashley Cole challenges Antonio Valencia unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Rio Ferdinand.
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Ryan Giggs from the right by-line.
Ji-Sung Park takes a shot. Blocked by Didier Drogba.
Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Ryan Giggs.
Ji-Sung Park takes a shot. Blocked by John Terry.
Michael Essien concedes a free kick for a foul on Ryan Giggs. Wayne Rooney takes the free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Didier Drogba on Michael Carrick. Rio Ferdinand takes the direct free kick.
Fernando Torres gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ji-Sung Park. Patrice Evra takes the free kick.
The ball is crossed by Fernando Torres.
Didier Drogba has an effort at goal and missed to the right of the goal.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Rio Ferdinand by Fernando Torres. Direct free kick taken by Edwin Van der Sar.
Patrice Evra concedes a free kick for a foul on Fernando Torres. Jose Bosingwa restarts play with the free kick.
Frank Lampard insists revenge is the furthest thing from his mind ahead of Chelsea's Champions League showdown with Manchester United.
The Blues face United twice in the next week in a quarter-final which is a repeat of their agonising final defeat in Moscow three years ago.
Wednesday's first leg will be Lampard's 500th Chelsea appearance and there is no doubt which was his most painful game for the club.
But the 32-year-old is adamant he is too old to bear a grudge over events of May 2008.
"I really promise you, revenge certainly isn't in our minds," said the midfielder, who scored the equaliser in a final which Chelsea lost on penalties.
"When you play for a long period of time, as I have here, you see the ups and downs. You collect them. You don't any feel thoughts of revenge or anything against anyone. You understand you can't always be successful and win."
Lampard has certainly learnt that the hard way, having also suffered four semi-final defeats in the past seven years.
Add to that several calamities with England and the midfielder has plenty of disappointments to add to the many trophies he has won.
"There have been a few painful ones, with England as well," he said.
"They're obviously horrible feelings."
Chelsea will be without David Luiz who is cup-tied and will join fellow Brazil defender Alex on the sidelines, with the latter still building up his fitness following knee surgery.
But Yossi Benayoun might make his first appearance since September after recovering from a serious Achilles injury.
Billionaire owner Roman Abramovich has also learnt realising his long-held dream of turning Chelsea into champions of Europe is not as easy as he may have thought.
Lampard said: "I think we've given him some very good times. And I know the owner has appreciated it from how he's enjoyed them with us when we've won titles and cups.
"But the Champions League's a huge thing.
"I'm sure the owner would be very pleased or us to win it. But at the same time, he doesn't come in every day and knock our door down saying `Why have I not won this yet?'
"He understands it's the most difficult competition in football."
Chelsea could be facing an angry Wayne Rooney if his two-match ban for his foul-mouthed goal celebration at West Ham on Saturday is upheld.
Lampard said: "It might spur him on a bit. I don't know. I know he's a competitive character. When you get headlines, positive or negative, it can spur you on in different ways. You can't know before the game how he is.
"I think he's competitive and that comes out in different ways. He's a fantastic player. I don't think the anger or the sedation - that's not the right word - makes a difference. He's a top player so he'll be a threat, regardless."
Sir Alex Ferguson is pondering whether to hand Rio Ferdinand his first start since February 1 as Manchester United's defensive problems start to ease.
Ferdinand has been in full training for a week after his calf strain but Chris Smalling's excellent form leaves the United manager with a major dilemma.
Rafael is also available after a hamstring strain, whilst Jonny Evans returns from his three-match domestic suspension.
Full-back Patrice Evra has called for United to keep their focus for the entire game as they set about trying to end a nine-year wait for a win at Stamford Bridge.
Evra is among the majority of United players who head into the Champions League quarter-final first leg having never beaten the Londoners on their own ground.
It is not for the want of trying.
Evra cannot explain how such results have occurred. However, he does feel the solution is straightforward.
"It is something very strange," he said.
"Always we have the sensation we have played very well against Chelsea. In the end, at Stamford Bridge we always lose. Five weeks ago, there was only one team on the pitch. One year ago, we lost to a strange decision.
"The key is our concentration. We can play better than them but we must concentrate until the last minute."
Ferguson is not convinced United's opponents will be motivated by that rainy night in Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium when the Champions League final turned on a missed Terry effort in a penalty shoot-out eventually won when Edwin van der Sar denied Nicolas Anelka.
"I don't believe players think about revenge," said Ferguson.
"Something that happened three years ago goes out of your mind quite quickly. The main ambition for any team is to win the cup. The motivation is greater to the match than to think about what happened in the past."
Rooney hands United advantage
Wayne Rooney was a TV star once more - this time for all the right reasons as his clinical first-half goal gave Manchester United a 1-0 Champions League triumph over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
Rooney went into the quarter-final first-leg tie still not knowing what his punishment will be for the four-letter outburst at West Ham on Saturday.
But the uncertainty didn't affect him as he took full advantage of a superb piece of skill by Ryan Giggs to give United their first win at Stamford Bridge in 2002 and put them in pole position to reach the semi-final at Old Trafford next week.
Chelsea are not out of it.
Indeed, a repeat of the 2-1 success on their last trip to Old Trafford 12 months ago will be enough to send through.
However, they will have to do far better in front of goal - and #50million man Fernando Torres in particular must start scoring after yet another ineffective display ended with an injury-time yellow card for diving.
At Upton Park on Saturday, Rooney completed his hat-trick, then headed straight towards a TV camera to deliver his ill-advised reaction that threatens his place in the FA Cup semi-final with Manchester City.
As his first-time effort caressed the base of Petr Cech's left-hand post and rolled gently into the back of the Chelsea net, he again ran towards the lens.
This time, he stopped short, slid to his knees and waited to be mobbed by ecstatic team-mates.
They had every right too, especially Ryan Giggs given his outrageous contribution.
Now 37, Ferguson has claimed the veteran Welshman could go on for a couple of years yet.
How the United boss must hope that is true.
Having watched Michael Carrick deliver a pinpoint crossfield pass that was sensational in itself, Ferguson could only sit back and admire Giggs' sublime first touch, which took him careering past the stranded Jose Bosingwa, and the coolness of his second, which left Rooney with a tap-in.
Cue delirium amongst the United contingent, satisfaction for Rooney and the precious away goal Ferguson had demanded.
Carlo Ancelotti could only urge his team - who had started the brighter - into some kind of response.
It should have come in the final minute of that opening period.
Didier Drogba went for goal from an acute angle but his shot lacked power.
Torres closed in, yet somehow completely missed the ball from a central position on the edge of the six-yard area.
As the ball bounced back off the post, Frank Lampard went to tap home, only for Patrice Evra to clear off the line.
Given Saturday's draw at Stoke and Inter Milan's stunning demise to Schalke in the San Siro, it is hardly overestimating the situation to say Carlo Ancelotti's job hangs on reaching the final, and for that Torres needs to do what Roman Abramovich paid all that money for.
United suffered a hammer blow within minutes of the restart when Rafael went down after a seemingly innocuous tangle with Drogba.
The young Brazilian tried to continue but the pain in his left knee made it impossible, the stretcher carrying him away for what looks like a lengthy period.
Ferguson's response was typical. With no obvious right-back replacement, instead of introducing a defender, in Chris Smalling or Jonny Evans, he went for Nani, asking Antonio Valencia to plug the gap.
Chelsea were able to get up a head of steam though.
Ramires wasted an excellent chance when he glanced Drogba's effort wide of the far post.
The Ivorian himself was not too far away with a speculative overhead kick.
United's defence - which has not conceded an away goal in this competition this season - held firm and came agonisingly close to grabbing a second when Nani drilled a cross to the far post that would have allowed Javier Hernandez to head into an empty net had Cech not gambled in a desperate attempt to claw the ball away from the Mexican.
The departure of Drogba for Nicolas Anelka 20 minutes from time placed even more weight on Torres' shoulders just after Michael Essien had gone close for the hosts.
And the Liverpool man so nearly responded when he rose to meet Jose Bosingwa's far-post cross and sent a header curling towards the corner that Van der Sar, troubled by a groin problem, was at full stretch to claw away.
United then breathed a sigh of relief in stoppage time when Patrice Evra sent Ramires tumbling but referee Alberto Mallenco failed to award what seemed to be a clear penalty.
There was still time for a Torres yellow card for diving under Valencia's challenge, ending yet another unhappy night for the Spain star.
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