Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Chelsea Defeat Manchester United In 2-1 Comeback

This victory was slowly being formulated in Chelsea's subconscious. After the 2-0 victory in Copenhagen, things were starting to turn around following an arid spell of poor play from the English champions. And while there have been off-field altercations, Ancelotti's men stepped up and faced Manchester United with heart.

The first half wasn't the best for Chelsea. Manchester United created chances thanks to a vivacious Rooney supported by a strong midfield. In the 30th minute the English forward completed his own personal comeback, a low and sizzling shot from out of the box flew into the back of the net. It's Rooney's first goal from outside of the box since February of 2008 (thank you OptaJoe), and it helps to answer the omnipresent question, "Has he returned to form?".

But Chelsea weren't to be undone in front of their home crowd, and a much more convincing display was put on by Chelsea in the second half. Just under ten minutes into the second half, Chelsea found a way to score an equalizer. David Luiz was in the United penalty box and when the ball dropped to him, the Brazilian fired a wonderful volley into the near bottom corner. It was a truly wonderful piece of skill from the defender. One which highlights ability to deliver when he decides to move up the field and in front of goal.

Chelsea were slightly aided by the referee, Martin Atkinson, who awarded a relatively soft penalty for the home side. While maybe by the rules it would be a penalty (Zhirkov was impeded on his way to the goal), it didn't seem like a proper goalscoring opportunity was improperly halted. Yet Atkinson awarded his 11th penalty of the season (more than any other referee in the Premier League. Thanks again OptaJoe), and Lampard smashed it into the roof of the Manchester United net.

A comeback complete, yet there was more to come. In the final minutes, Vidic earned a second yellow card when he dragged down Ramires. While the suspension of the captain isn't a good one, Sir Alex Ferguson was still seething regarding the penalty awarded to Chelsea. On the other hand, when asked about the penalty Carlo Ancelotti simply said, "It was a penalty".

A great victory for Chelsea, which could spur them onto a strong run in the Premier League. Manchester United will be without Vidic when they travel to Anfield to face Liverpool. Could they concede more points to Arsenal on Sunday against Liverpool?


  1. Awesome blog, love my soccer so I shall keep a routine visit to your blog. Are you going to have any updates on the EURO 2012 on your blog? (Hosted in Poland and Ukraine next year).
    Congratulations for being in the blogs of note :)

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  2. It will be interesting to see how United react to this defeat.

  3. Great blog, really like the layout. We watched this game last night. Pretty good one (we have Euro Sky Sport over here and get all the football games). Congrats on the BON!

  4. Congratulations on being the blog of note :) Love soccer; wish it was a bigger deal here in the US...


  5. Thanks for all the comments, I'll be visiting all your blogs sometime soon!

    The Walking Photographer, Of course I'll be writing about the 2012 EUROs, I'm really looking forward to them. They're probably going to be a great competition.

  6. Hello i was just looking at your blog and i think you have done a really good job. Your blog looks clean, fresh and very professional. i was wondering if you could maybe take a look at mine and give me a few tips or a helping hand on improving. thank you and good look with your work


  7. Fantastic blog, one of the best I've seen lately!

    Was a great game! Looking forward to coming back here soon!

  8. Congratulations for your blog of Note..
    Your blog is really nice, I'm glad to be here for the first time..
    I'll be checking it regularly,


  9. Are you a Chelsea fan? Because you sure sound like one! "Chelsea were slightly aided by the referee" is a dramatic understatement. Martin Atkinson somehow missed the most blatant foul by Luiz on Rooney, which should have resulted in his dismissal, and then somehow managed to envision a severe enough foul by Smalling. What a joke!

    And I did have a giggle when I read "the Brazilian fired a wonderful volley into the near bottom corner. It was a truly wonderful piece of skill from the defender". It was in all honesty more of a hit-and-hope goal.

    However, concerning Luiz's foul on Rooney, I can't help thinking that Rooney really got what he deserved when he wasn't dismissed against Wigan for his off-the-ball elbow. Man United were not second-best to Chelsea; they just had to contend against a 12th man.

    I like your blog anyway, and I send my congratulations on being crowned "Blog of Note"!

    Take some time to check out mine:


  10. Oh, it is a great post! I really like it!^_^

  11. I'm certainly not a Chelsea fan Duncan, but I'm very glad that the Premier League might be opening itself up for a title race. I'm very excited to see what will happen this weekend when Manchester United travel to Liverpool.

    Thanks for all the praise!

  12. Liverpool 3-1 MU

    Best regards! Yuriy Orlov.



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