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Match Report: Chelsea 1 – 1 Manchester United



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Match Report: Chelsea 1 – 1 Manchester United 

In a high tempered game, Chelsea were only able to hold onto a 1-1 draw against Manchester United at Stamford Bridge as the home side dominated the match with 69% possession.


First Half

Chelsea almost got their match underway with two early chances in the third and fourth minute.

In the first attempt, in the third minute, Manchester’s Eric Bailey intercepted a pass outside the six-yard box and tried to get it away. But it was recollected by Chelsea’s Ziech, who turned and shot towards goal. Fortunately it was towards the hands of United Goalkeeper, David De Gea.

In the second attempt, a minute later, the ball was delivered into Manchester’s final third from Chelsea’s defensive line and it was met by the feet of the Blue’s Callum Hudson-Odoi. In a lone attempt, Hudson-Odoi attempted his first shot but it was parried away by De Gea.

It was another close attempt by Chelsea in the 31st minute as Rudiger received the ball from Hudson-Odoi, on the left wing, and blasted the ball goal wards from outside the box. It looked set to go into the top left corner but De Gea managed to get his hand to it before it rattled the crossbar.

United’s Bruno Fernandes almost gifted the home side their opening goal, in the 36th minute, as he played the ball into the centre of Manchester’s final third, from the left-back position. It was quickly intercepted by Hudson-Odoi, who tried to take it on his own. Once again, the ball was held by De Gea who dove into the bottom left corner to maintain his clean sheet.

In the 44th minute, Manchester’s Marcus Rashford had possession in Chelsea’s final third and made a pass towards Fred, who was ready in the centre of their opponent’s box. However, Fred ran into Rudiger and fell to the ground. The Referee, Anthony Taylor, waved the United forward back up, believing the fall to be ‘simulation.’

United’s Scott McTominay became the games first booking after he was yellow carded for bringing down Chelsea’s Marcos Alonso.


Second Half

Rashford became United’s second booking, in the 49th minute.

Chelsea’s Jorginho made a fatal error for their clean sheet, in the 50th minute, as the defender took a poor first touch. The ball bounced into the path of United’s Jadon Sancho – who bolted off towards the Blue’s net. United’s striker had ample amount of time to choose his target and slotted the ball into the bottom right corner, past Mendy.

The Blue’s Reece James became Chelsea’s first booking after he brought down Rashford, in the 53rd minute.

United were the first to make a substitution in the 64th minute as Cristiano Ronaldo came on to replace Sancho.

A penalty was awarded against Manchester United, in the 67th minute, as United’s Aaron Wan-Bissaka tried to clear away the ball and booted the back of Thiago Silva’s leg. From the spot kick, Jorginho slotted the ball into the bottom left corner as De Gea slid slightly to the right.

Both teams made substitutions in quick succession in the 77th and 78th minute. In the 77th, Jesse Lingard came on to replace Manchester’s Rashford. A minute later, Chelsea made a double sub with Mason Mount and Christian Pulisic came on to replace Alonso and Hudson-Odoi, respectively.

In the 82nd minute, Chelsea made their third substitution with Romelu Lukaku on to replace Timo Werner.

Seven minutes later, Fernandes was brought off for Donny van de Beek.

Ronaldo became United’s fourth booking in the 92nd minute, with three minutes remaining of added time.

Chelsea’s head coach, was furious on the touchline and was later yellow carded as a result as Ronaldo was found to be offside, yet Manchester were awarded with a corner kick.

Jorginho was another added to an expanding list of players being booked in the 95th minute. A minute later, Bailey was also booked.


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Kamron is currently a third-year student, studying Sports Journalism at the University of Sunderland. While he enjoys watching his local teams: Newcastle United and Whitley Warriors, Kamron also enjoys other sports such as Formula One and the NBA.


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