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  • Date:12 Apr 2011
  • Kick-off:19:45
  • Venue:Old Trafford
  • Attendance:75,000
( agg 3 - 1 )
  • Hernandez (42) Park (76)
  • Drogba (76)
Goal!

Live Commentary

93mins

Wayne Rooney takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Petr Cech makes a save.

90mins

A cross is delivered by Branislav Ivanovic, Headed effort from deep inside the area by Frank Lampard misses to the left of the goal.

90mins

Salomon Kalou fouled by Michael Carrick, the ref awards a free kick. Michael Essien takes the free kick.

89mins

Javier Hernandez challenges John Terry unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by John Terry.

89mins

John Terry fouled by Ryan Giggs, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Petr Cech.

88mins

Ji-Sung Park takes a shot. Blocked by John Terry.

87mins

Florent Malouda takes a shot. Edwin Van der Sar makes a brilliant save.

86mins

The ball is crossed by Didier Drogba, save by Edwin Van der Sar.

83mins

Salomon Kalou takes a shot. Save by Edwin Van der Sar.

82mins

Paulo Ferreira comes on in place of Alex.

80mins

Short corner worked by Ryan Giggs.

79mins

The referee blows for offside. John Terry restarts play with the free kick.

77mins

Ji-Sung Park finds the net with a goal from deep inside the penalty box low into the middle of the goal. Man Utd 2 (3)-(1) 1 Chelsea.Assist by Ryan Giggs.

77mins

Didier Drogba finds the back of the net with a goal from inside the area low into the middle of the goal. Man Utd 1 (2)-(1) 1 Chelsea.Assist on the goal came from Michael Essien.

75mins

Antonio Valencia comes on in place of Luis Nani. Ryan Giggs decides to take the corner short.

74mins

Luis Nani fouled by John Terry, the ref awards a free kick. Shot comes in from Wayne Rooney from the free kick.

73mins

Didier Drogba takes a shot. Save by Edwin Van der Sar.

72mins

Luis Nani concedes a free kick for a foul on Branislav Ivanovic. Free kick taken by Branislav Ivanovic.

72mins

Wayne Rooney crosses the ball, Alex makes a clearance.

70mins

Ramires sent from the field by the ref for second bookable offence. Ramires gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Luis Nani. Patrice Evra takes the direct free kick.

70mins

The ball is delivered by Wayne Rooney, Ryan Giggs takes a shot. Comfortable save by Petr Cech.

69mins

Floated corner taken from the left by-line by Luis Nani.

68mins

Luis Nani takes a shot. Save by Petr Cech.

67mins

Corner taken right-footed by Frank Lampard, Header from close range by Alex misses to the right of the goal.

67mins

Didier Drogba crosses the ball, Ji-Sung Park manages to make a clearance.

67mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ashley Cole by John O'Shea. Ashley Cole takes the free kick.

66mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Michael Essien on Michael Carrick. Patrice Evra takes the free kick.

64mins

Branislav Ivanovic sends in a cross, clearance by Rio Ferdinand. Free kick awarded for a foul by Didier Drogba on Michael Carrick. Edwin Van der Sar restarts play with the free kick.

61mins

Salomon Kalou comes on in place of Nicolas Anelka. Unfair challenge on Wayne Rooney by Frank Lampard results in a free kick. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Luis Nani, clearance by John Terry.

59mins

Patrice Evra goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour. Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Didier Drogba by Patrice Evra. Didier Drogba produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick, fantastic save by Edwin Van der Sar.

58mins

Didier Drogba takes a shot. Nemanja Vidic gets a block in.

58mins

Wayne Rooney sends in a cross, clearance by John Terry.

57mins

Effort from outside the penalty box by Didier Drogba goes wide right of the target.

52mins

Florent Malouda produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide left of the target.

51mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Wayne Rooney on John Terry. Free kick taken by John Terry.

50mins

Frank Lampard has an effort at goal from outside the box which misses left.

46mins

Unfair challenge on Fernando Torres by Rio Ferdinand results in a free kick. Michael Essien takes the direct free kick.

46mins

(Chelsea) makes a substitution, with Didier Drogba coming on for Fernando Torres.

46mins

Corner taken short by Luis Nani. Centre by Ryan Giggs, blocked by Nicolas Anelka.

43mins

Javier Hernandez finds the back of the net with a goal from inside the six-yard box to the top left corner of the goal. Man Utd 1 (2)-(0) 0 Chelsea.Ryan Giggs provided the assist for the goal.

43mins

Michael Essien is adjudged to have handled the ball. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Luis Nani.

42mins

John Terry booked. John Terry concedes a free kick for a foul on Javier Hernandez. Ryan Giggs takes the direct free kick.

41mins

Effort from outside the penalty box by Luis Nani goes wide right of the goal.

40mins

Luis Nani takes a shot. Blocked by Florent Malouda.

40mins

The ball is sent over by John O'Shea, clearance made by Alex.

39mins

The ball is delivered by Patrice Evra.

37mins

Florent Malouda is booked. Free kick awarded for a foul by Florent Malouda on Javier Hernandez. Free kick taken by Ryan Giggs.

36mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Ji-Sung Park on Ashley Cole. Petr Cech restarts play with the free kick.

36mins

Unfair challenge on Luis Nani by Branislav Ivanovic results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Ryan Giggs.

35mins

A cross is delivered by Wayne Rooney, Petr Cech makes a fantastic save.

33mins

The referee books Ramires for unsporting behaviour. Unfair challenge on Luis Nani by Ramires results in a free kick. Free kick crossed by Ryan Giggs, Florent Malouda gets a block in.

32mins

Branislav Ivanovic sends in a cross, Nemanja Vidic gets a block in. Corner taken by Frank Lampard from the right by-line.

31mins

Branislav Ivanovic fouled by Ryan Giggs, the ref awards a free kick. Michael Essien takes the free kick.

30mins

The ball is swung over by Nicolas Anelka, clearance by Nemanja Vidic.

30mins

Ashley Cole delivers the ball, Rio Ferdinand gets a block in.

27mins

Free kick taken by Nemanja Vidic. Unfair challenge on Patrice Evra by Fernando Torres results in a free kick.

27mins

The ball is swung over by Wayne Rooney. The offside flag is raised against Javier Hernandez. Petr Cech restarts play with the free kick.

26mins

Corner from the left by-line taken by Luis Nani, John Terry manages to make a clearance.

24mins

Centre by Branislav Ivanovic, Nemanja Vidic manages to make a clearance.

23mins

Michael Carrick concedes a free kick for a foul on Frank Lampard. Florent Malouda restarts play with the free kick.

22mins

Effort on goal by Nicolas Anelka from outside the penalty box goes harmlessly over the bar.

21mins

John O'Shea sends in a cross, clearance made by John Terry.

19mins

John O'Shea is given a yellow card. John O'Shea gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Florent Malouda. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Frank Lampard from left wing.

18mins

Nicolas Anelka concedes a free kick for a foul on Ryan Giggs. Direct free kick taken by Ryan Giggs.

18mins

Luis Nani takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance by Alex.

17mins

Luis Nani concedes a free kick for a foul on Branislav Ivanovic. Petr Cech takes the free kick.

16mins

A cross is delivered by Ashley Cole.

15mins

Frank Lampard takes a shot. Save by Edwin Van der Sar.

15mins

Effort from 35 yards by Wayne Rooney. Comfortable save by Petr Cech.

14mins

The ball is swung over by Ashley Cole, Rio Ferdinand manages to make a clearance. Nicolas Anelka produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the goal.

13mins

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Ryan Giggs from the right by-line to the near post, Frank Lampard makes a clearance.

12mins

Javier Hernandez sends in a cross, Ramires makes a clearance.

12mins

Centre by Nicolas Anelka, Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Fernando Torres misses to the left of the goal.

10mins

The referee blows for offside against Ryan Giggs. Petr Cech takes the free kick.

5mins

Foul by Branislav Ivanovic on Luis Nani, free kick awarded. Luis Nani delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing, save by Petr Cech.

4mins

Wayne Rooney produces a cross.

4mins

Unfair challenge on Nemanja Vidic by Nicolas Anelka results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by John O'Shea.

3mins

Centre by Ji-Sung Park, clearance by Ramires.

Match Preview

Manchester United midfielder Park Ji-sung insists possession counts for nothing in the modern game unless it can be converted into shots on goal.

United secured a precious away win at Stamford Bridge last week in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final with Chelsea despite only having 46% of the ball.

It follows a trend started by Jose Mourinho's Inter Milan last term, who were content to let Barcelona pass the ball around during their semi-final but denying them any space to exhibit their attacking skills.

At Old Trafford, United would normally be expected to take the match to their visitors. But Park has warned Red Devils fans that might not necessarily be the case.

"Possession is not important," said the former South Korea star.

"What is important is how many chances you create, or how many shots on target you have. The other team having the ball in front of us is not a big problem. We just watch and wait. If we press, then get the ball, we can play on the counter-attack."

United will go into the second leg in good heart, having maintained their seven-point advantage over nearest Premier League challengers Arsenal over the weekend. Park was rested for the 2-0 win over Fulham, which gave the clearest hint yet that he will return on Tuesday.

The energetic 30-year-old tends to reserve his most effective performances for the biggest matches. He was one of United's standout performers last week even though it was only his second game back after two months on the sidelines with a hamstring problem.

"I try to play well in every single match, not only against Chelsea or Arsenal," he said.

"But big games feel different and I like those kind of feelings. I feel stronger and more powerful. Perhaps that's why I can show my performance better than in other games."

Park will not be on his own in returning. Wayne Rooney, Rio Ferdinand and Edwin van der Sar are certain starters too as United look to seal a last-four meeting, almost certainly with German challengers Schalke, in a fortnight.

"Chelsea have played a lot of games at Old Trafford and they won here in the league last season, so perhaps they are better than any other team," said Park.

"But we know Chelsea as well. We can't think about what happened last week. The second leg is totally different and could be a different result, so we are focused on what we can do. If we play as well as usual, then we can win. This season at Old Trafford our performances have been unbelievable. Hopefully we can keep doing that."

Carlo Ancelotti has shrugged off the overwhelming weight of history against his Chelsea side completing an extraordinary Champions League comeback.

The Blues boss urged his players to believe sincerely they could become the first team ever to knock United out of Europe having lost the first leg of a tie at home.

Only two clubs have ever produced an equivalent turnaround in the Champions League but Ancelotti has insisted there is no reason why Chelsea could not become the third at Old Trafford.

The Italian said: "In Italy, we have a saying. 'If you have two, then you next have three'. They have to truly believe that we can win there. I don't know if they will be able to do this. But, at the start of the game, you have to believe that you can win."

Ancelotti knows his side need to produce a near-flawless performance at Old Trafford if they are to overturn Wednesday night's 1-0 first-leg defeat at Stamford Bridge.

"To win there, you have to do 100% in everything," he said.

"And not just 100%, but you have to use personality, courage, you have to control the game."

Fernando Torres is expected to be given the nod on Tuesday, despite the £50million man extending his now-infamous goal drought to 817 minutes.

Formation:442Manager: Alex Ferguson

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Formation: 433Manager: Carlo Ancelotti

Chelsea

  • Edwin Van der Sar
  • John O'Shea
  • Rio Ferdinand
  • Nemanja Vidic
  • Patrice Evra
  • Luis Nani
  • Michael Carrick
  • Ryan Giggs
  • Ji-Sung Park
  • Wayne Rooney
  • Javier Hernandez
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  • Wes Brown
  • Dimitar Berbatov
  • Chris Smalling
  • Paul Scholes
  • Antonio Valencia
  • Darron Gibson

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Match Report

Ancelotti left feeling blue Carlo Ancelotti's mighty gamble on #50million man Fernando Torres backfired as Chelsea crashed out of the Champions League with a 2-1 defeat at Manchester United to place a massive question mark over his future as Blues boss. As Sir Alex Ferguson has noted, Roman Abramovich is obsessed by winning this competition. As the Russian was in the directors' box, looking down as United emerged triumphant, Javier Hernandez and Park Ji-sung finding the net either side of half-time, it can only be concluded he is not a happy man. And with Ancelotti insisting he is under no pressure to play Torres, who began the game but was replaced at half-time by Didier Drogba, the only conclusion to be reached is that he will carry the can for what was so obviously a gross selection error. While Torres has now failed to score in 11 Chelsea games, Drogba continues to look a threat. He was the man who briefly threatened to derail United after Ramires was sent off. It was a false dawn. Chelsea are staring down the barrel of a trophyless season and Ancelotti will be in the firing line if Abramovich decides to pull the trigger. No-one could accuse the Italian of shirking the big decision and it was true that Chelsea's first-half performance was vastly superior to their efforts at Stamford Bridge six days ago. Not that Torres could claim much of the credit. He did glance an early header wide after climbing above Rio Ferdinand, who was hampered by an injury not serious enough to force him off but that undoubtedly restricted his movement. After that, the game generally passed Torres by at a ripping pace. Nicolas Anelka was narrowly wide with a half-volley that came about as a direct result of a Torres mis-hit and when the Frenchman intercepted a poor clearance by Nemanja Vidic, it looked like he would get a clear sight of goal until Edwin van der Sar robbed him with a perfectly executed slide tackle. With Ramires the driving force in midfield, it seemed only a matter of time before Chelsea were back on level terms. They certainly should have been when Florent Malouda raced into the box, then teed up Frank Lampard with a perfectly weighted square ball. For once, the midfielder's finish was not good enough, containing insufficient power to beat Van der Sar. But with Vidic and Ferdinand standing firm, United survived, allowing Wayne Rooney to cause mayhem at the other end. Operating in a deep role just behind Hernandez, more than anyone, Rooney dictated the pace of the Red Devils' play. It was the England striker, who will be suspended on Saturday when United tackle City in a Manchester derby FA Cup semi-final, who fizzed over the cross from which Hernandez thought he had put the hosts in front, only to be flagged offside. The call was tight, equally as debatable as the one that followed in the final minute of the half as United took the lead. Much has been made of how good this present Ferguson team actually is. So often, it is derided for lacking stardust. But what improvement do they gain from Giggs' experience. When Nani's free-kick ended up being shunted back to the right flank from which it had been delivered, John O'Shea set his 37-year-old team-mate scampering into the box with an inspired reverse pass. This is where Giggs status in the game came in. Rather than rushing his cross and wasting the opportunity, he took his time, looked up and delivered the ball low to the far post, where Hernandez arrived at exactly the right moment to slide it into the roof of the Chelsea net. As his heavy punt on Torres had failed, Ancelotti rolled the dice once more at half-time, withdrawing his shot-shy striker and introducing Drogba. The Ivorian almost levelled within a minute of the restart, just failing to find the target with a near-post flick. A man on a mission and no mistake, Drogba whipped round Ferdinand and lashed a low 20-yard drive narrowly wide. And, after Ramires had been sent off rather harshly for a soft foul on Nani, it was Drogba who refused to let Chelsea surrender, drilling through Van der Sar's legs to breathe new hope into the visitors' challenge. Unfortunately for the striker, as quickly as it arrived, it was snuffed out as Giggs chipped a glorious pass to Park, who fired gleefully into the bottom corner to send United into the last four, where they will almost certainly meet German challengers Schalke.

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