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Stamford Bridge (ATT 41,668) 5th February 2012 - Kick off 16:00 Ref: H Webb

Chelsea Chelsea vs Manchester United Man Utd

Chelsea 3

J Evans (og 36)
J Mata (46)
D Luiz (50)

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Man Utd 3

W Rooney (pen 58, pen 69)
J Hernandez (84)

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Last Updated at 6:28 pm, February 5th 2012

  1. 90

    It's all over and Manchester United have rescued a point against Chelsea after a remarkable turnaround saw them come from three goals down in the second half to draw 3-3 at Stamford Bridge. This will surely go down as one of the great Premier League games but once the euphoria of the comeback dies down, United might still feel a little downbeat to be trailing leaders Manchester City by two points in the title race.

  2. 90

    The corner comes to nothing and that should be about it...

  3. 90

    Cahill goes for debut glory with a fierce shot from outside the box but De Gea tips over the bar What a classic encounter this has turned out to be!

  4. 90

    The cross into the box is partially cleared before Carrick's long-range shot goes straight into the arms of Cech.

  5. 90

    It's a corner for United with two minutes of stoppage time to play after Evra's low cross is put behind.

  6. 90

    Mata's curling effort is heading for the top corner before De Gea pulls off a tremendous save to turn the ball wide. He's answered his critics with that one!

  7. 90

    Luiz is fouled by Scholes around 30 yards out and Chelsea have a free kick.

  8. 90

    There will be four minutes of stoppage time to play before the final whistle sounds.

  9. 89

    United get the ball clear and will look to come forward on the counter. This move breaks down but there's still time for a dramatic winner.

  10. 89

    Chelsea keep pressing for a winner themselves and win a corner when Ferdinand head a cross behind.

  11. 88

    Meireles has a free header inside the box but puts it well over the bar. What a waste.

  12. 87

    The visitors have all the momentum now and will surely fancy their chances of getting a winner. What a sickener that would be for Chelsea and Manchester City.

  13. 86

    United quickly make a change with Welbeck going off to be replaced by Ji-Sung Park.

  14. 85

    GOAL HERNANDEZ - Giggs takes his time on the left side of the box before picking out Hernandez with a pin-point cross and the Mexican heads home from close range - what a comeback!

  15. 84

    Rooney's turn and shot from the edge of the box is brilliantly saved by Cech but the danger isn't over yet...

  16. 83

    A woeful attempt from Malouda inside the box is so bad it goes out for a throw!

  17. 82

    Giggs' delivery is headed wide of the post by Welbeck as Chelsea survive for the time being at least.

  18. 82

    A cross from Welbeck on the left is deflected behind for a corner.

  19. 81

    United are probing away at Chelsea, who are now sitting back and soaking up the pressure.

  20. 80

    If you offered Sir Alex Ferguson a 3-3 draw now I'm not so sure he'd take it - he'll want all three points from this and he'll believe there's time for two more goals.

  21. 79

    It really is thrilling end-to-end stuff at the moment with both teams pushing for the next goal. With just over 10 minutes to play, any result seems possible.

  22. 78

    De Gea is relieved to see Malouda's powerful shot from range flash over his bar and into the crowd.

  23. 78

    Torres is put through on goal inside the box but he takes far too long and allows United's defenders to get back and prevent him even taking a shot.

  24. 77

    The corner comes into the box before United clear their lines.

  25. 76

    Chelsea may feel as though they need a fourth to win this game and Essien goes close as his sizzling shot from distance is punched over the bar by De Gea.

  26. 75

    Down the other end, the ball breaks for Hernandez inside the box but the Mexican striker drags his shot wide.

  27. 74

    Essien goes for glory from range but the ball sails high over the bar and wide.

  28. 73

    United have a corner down the left but they fail to create a chance after opting to take it short.

  29. 72

    Chelsea have a free kick after Valencia fouls Malouda but it comes to nothing.

  30. 71

    The hosts make a change with Sturridge making way for Oriol Romeu.

  31. 70

    Chelsea's body language has changed now and you certainly wouldn't bet against United finding another one or two goals in the last 20 minutes.

  32. 69

    GOAL ROONEY - This time the United striker curls his spot-kick into the corner of the net, sending Cech the wrong way. Game on!

  33. 68

    Incredible scenes here as United are awarded another penalty after Welbeck is tripped by Ivanovic inside the box.

  34. 67

    Moments later Rooney has another shot at goal which Cech is forced to save this time.

  35. 67

    Down the other end Rooney sees a shot from outside the box flash past the post.

  36. 66

    A wonderful pass from Luiz cuts through the United defence to pick out Sturridge down the left and when his deflected cross rolls into the path of Mata, the Spaniard shoots straight at De Gea.

  37. 65

    Michael Essien goes for goal from distance but his effort is blocked on the edge of the box.

  38. 64

    It's Rafael's last action of the match as he's replaced by Paul Scholes.

  39. 63

    Rafael Da Silva's deep cross from the right wing is flicked away by the head of Ivanovic.

  40. 62

    The hosts are showing few signs of slowing the game down as you might expect them to do in this position.

  41. 61

    Chelsea to their credit aren't folding as they continue to launch quick attacks themselves.

  42. 60

    United have upped their tempo following Rooney's goal and another one will set up a thrilling finish.

  43. 59

    What a game this is turning out to be and I'm sure there's more goals to come.

  44. 58

    GOAL ROONEY - Rooney fires a ferocious spot-kick into the top corner of the net to give United a glimmer of hope.

  45. 57

    Well, I might have spoken too soon. United have a penalty after Evra is felled by Sturridge down the left side of the box.

  46. 56

    Chelsea fans probably weren't expecting their team to be 3-0 up at this stage of the contest - surely not even the most pessimistic of them will expect them to lose or draw from here!

  47. 55

    The hosts will move three points clear of fifth-placed Newcastle if they hold on for this victory and within four of Tottenham in third.

  48. 54

    United's players look despondent as you might expect but if they want to mount an unlikely comeback they need to bounce back quickly.

  49. 53

    The visitors make a change with Javier Hernandez coming on to replace Young.

  50. 52

    Manchester City fans will be celebrating just as much as Chelsea fans at the moment as it looks as though they will remain three points clear at the end of the weekend's action.

  51. 51

    Here come Chelsea again with Torres but this time the United defence are able to deal with the threat.

  52. 50

    GOAL LUIZ - It's another one! Mata curls the resulting free kick into the area and Luiz heads into the top corner - albeit helped along by a deflection off Rio Ferdinand.

  53. 49

    Sturridge beats Evra down the right wing and the United man is forced to bring him down, resulting in a yellow card.

  54. 48

    Apologies to anyone who followed my pre-match tip. Shows what I know! Back to the game and Chelsea are full of confidence now and will look to go for the kill.

  55. 47

    The technique from Mata was fantastic. You could watch that goal a number of times without getting bored of it - but I doubt De Gea even saw it the first time it was that ferocious.

  56. 46

    GOAL MATA - What a goal! Torres' high cross into the box from the right wing picks out Mata and the Spaniard lashes home an unstoppable volley into the net. Absolutely brilliant!

  57. 46

    Chelsea get the second half under way looking to preserve their advantage over Manchester United at Stamford Bridge.

  58. 1650

    Sky Bet now make Chelsea 1/2 to take all three points while United are the outsiders at 5/1, with the draw priced at 9/4. My pre-match prediction of 3-1 isn't looking so hot now is it?! That can now be backed at 25/1. In the next goalscorer betting, Wayne Rooney is 5/1 and Danny Welbeck 6/1 while Chelsea strikers Daniel Sturridge and Fernando Torres are both 8/1. Head now to www.skybet.com to place your in-running bets.

  59. 45

    The half-time whistle sounds and Chelsea go into the break with a 1-0 lead thanks to an own goal from Jonny Evans.

  60. 45

    United take the corner shot but the eventual delivery from Young comes to nothing.

  61. 45

    Giggs plays it square for Rooney, who drills a powerful low shot at goal which Cech turns wide.

  62. 45

    Giggs is brought to ground by Mata, who escapes being shown the yellow card. Last chance for United to get the ball into the box before the interval.

  63. 45

    A clumsy foul from Ivanovic on Young in midfield results in the Chelsea player being booked. That was needless.

  64. 45

    There will be two minutes of stoppage time to play before the half-time whistle sounds.

  65. 44

    It's one-way traffic at the moment and Chelsea are being forced to dig deep in the closing stages of the half.

  66. 43

    United look to pile the pressure on Chelsea but Young's looping cross from the left is headed away by Luiz.

  67. 42

    Chelsea are able to get the resulting ball into the box clear to safety as they look to protect their one-goal advantage.

  68. 41

    Welbeck's powerful shot from the edge of the box following a lay-off from Rooney is well saved by Cech, who turns it round the post.

  69. 40

    United have responded well here but face going into the break with a deficit to overturn.

  70. 39

    Young's curling shot from the left edge of the box is turned away by Cech and Rooney is unable to reach the rebound.

  71. 38

    Chelsea are clearly fired up now after taking the lead and United now have a real test on their hands.

  72. 37

    Moments later a confident Sturridge goes for goal from distance and his stinging shot has to be pushed away by the diving De Gea.

  73. 36

    OWN GOAL EVANS - Sturridge uses his quick feet to beat Evra down the right side of the box before his low cross deflects off De Gea before being turned into his own net by the unfortunate Evans, who couldn't really do anything about it.

  74. 35

    The Blues keep plugging away as they search a way through the United defence.

  75. 34

    Apart from that early scare when bringing down Young, Cahill has been quite assured on his Chelsea debut and doesn't seem fazed.

  76. 33

    Evra is fine to continue after a cross from Ivanovic hit him square in the face.

  77. 32

    For all of Chelsea's hard work keeping the ball, they're finding it tough to create decent opportunities.

  78. 31

    Torres is shown the yellow card after a push on Evans inside the box. He's not happy about it but Webb obviously isn't going to change his mind.

  79. 30

    Young delivers the resulting corner, which Chelsea are able to clear.

  80. 29

    Valencia's lovely chipped pass on the right finds Rooney but his low pass across for Welbeck is cut out by Ivanovic for a corner.

  81. 28

    A pass from Michael Carrick down the left side of the box looks for Young but the winger can't quite keep it in while under pressure from Luiz.

  82. 27

    The hosts are enjoying the lion's share of possession and their fans will at least be encouraged by that.

  83. 26

    Mata delivers a ball towards the back post only for De Gea to punch clear.

  84. 25

    Chelsea have a free kick on the right wing after Evra's foul on Mata and the Blues will look to send the ball into the box.

  85. 24

    Good defending from Jonny Evans snuffs out the threat as a looped throughball comes into the area.

  86. 23

    United try to work the ball down the right wing but Chelsea are alert to clear their lines.

  87. 22

    Chelsea just about have the momentum at the moment although they're not doing a great deal with the possession.

  88. 21

    Torres has space in which to shoot outside the box but slices his attempt well wide of the post. That was the shot from a man clearly low on confidence.

  89. 20

    Meireles produces a poor delivery into the box which the United defence clear with ease.

  90. 19

    Fernando Torres, probably still haunted by his embarrassing miss at Old Trafford, is brought down and Chelsea have a free kick around 35 yards out.

  91. 18

    Mata lofts a high, deep cross into the area which De Gea comes to catch confidently.

  92. 17

    Ryan Giggs' cross from the left is well cleared by Cahill. Moments later the ball is at Young's feet outside the box before his shot is deflected into Petr Cech's arms.

  93. 16

    Patient build-up from Chelsea but the move breaks down after a sloppy pass from Juan Mata to Ivanovic on the right wing.

  94. 15

    Possession is pretty equal so far but at the moment I'd just say United are looking a little more dangerous.

  95. 14

    Young is too keen to get the ball off Branislav Ivanovic on the United left wing and ends up fouling the Chelsea defender.

  96. 13

    It's been quite a frantic opening to this clash with both sides trying to go for the jugular.

  97. 12

    An urgent-looking United side keep pressing but Danny Welbeck is flagged offside in this latest attack.

  98. 11

    Debutant Gary Cahill is in danger of conceding a penalty as he appears to bring down Young just inside the box...but Webb says no penalty.

  99. 10

    Clearly Chelsea are trying to test De Gea as much as possible in these early stages.

  100. 9

    Jose Bosingwa unleashes a fierce shot at goal from distance which De Gea is able to save comfortably.

  101. 8

    Ashley Young appeals for a penalty when he goes to ground under pressure from David Luiz but Howard Webb isn't interested.

  102. 7

    A nervous David De Gea flaps at what should have been an easy catch, instead pushing the ball into the path of Raul Meireles inside the box. Fortunately the goalkeeper's blushes a sparred when Meireles fires into the side netting.

  103. 6

    The delivery is cleared but only as far as Malouda on the edge of the box. The Chelsea man blasts one at goal which takes a deflection and goes behind for another corner.

  104. 5

    Sturridge has a shot from distance which takes a deflection before bobbling wide for a corner.

  105. 4

    Daniel Sturridge shows quick feet to get down the right side of the area before his tame cross is collected by David De Gea.

  106. 3

    Chelsea come forward through the middle with Florent Malouda but the Frenchman's pass is cut out.

  107. 2

    Wayne Rooney takes it but his curling effort goes well wide of the goal.

  108. 2

    The visitors have an early opportunity having been awarded a free kick just outside the area on the left following Michael Essien's foul on Patrice Evra.

  109. 1

    Manchester United get this clash under way at Stamford Bridge looking for the victory which will take them level on points with leaders Manchester City.

  110. 1555

    The teams have emerged onto the pitch at Stamford Bridge. Kick-off is now just minutes away so stay tuned!

  111. 1534

    As you can see from the team sheets below, Gary Cahill makes his debut for Chelsea at Stamford Bridge today. John Terry and Frank Lampard miss out but there is a first start of the season for Michael Essien. Under-fire goalkeeper David De Gea returns in goal for Manchester United, who also include fit-again duo Wayne Rooney and Ashley Young in the starting line-up. The Red Devils need a victory to go level with leaders Manchester City on points while the hosts are chasing a win to boost their top-four hopes. Today's referee is Howard Webb.

  112. The Chelsea team is: Cech, Ivanovic, Cahill, Luiz, Bosingwa, Essien, Meireles, Malouda, Sturridge, Mata, Torres. Subs: Turnbull, Romeu, Lukaku, Ferreira, Hutchinson, Bertrand, Piazon.

  113. The Manchester United team is: De Gea, Rafael, Evans, Ferdinand, Evra, Valencia, Carrick, Giggs, Young, Rooney, Welbeck. Subs: Amos, Berbatov, Park, Hernandez, Fabio Da Silva, Scholes, Pogba.

  114. 1510

    Manchester United head into this clash as marginal 13/8 favourites with Sky Bet while Chelsea are 17/10, with the draw priced at 9/4. If forced to make one, my personal prediction is an entertaining 3-1 victory for the visitors, which you can back at 20/1, but to be perfectly honest I can see this clash going either way. Head now to www.skybet.com to place your pre-match and in-running bets.

  115. 1500

    Good afternoon and welcome to our live text commentary of the Premier League clash between Chelsea and Manchester United at Stamford Bridge, which goes ahead despite the cold snap. Several sporting events have been postponed over weekend due to snow and frozen playing surfaces but earlier today Chelsea confirmed this fixture has survived. Share your pre-match predictions and thoughts by emailing me at christopher.hammer@bskyb.com.

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