After Sunday’s drama at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea and Manchester United, did it all again. As always, we’d love to hear from you, so send us your thoughts and comments on all the action.
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Full-time: Chelsea 5 Man Utd 4
Full-time: Liverpool 1 Swansea 3
Full-time: Norwich 2 Spurs 1
19.29 – Okay, let’s talk football shall we? Well… in a minute maybe.
First, the other stuff; Chelsea have lodged a complaint against Mark Clattenburg in the last few hours after the meeting of the same sides on Sunday. Mata and Mikel both start.
And we’re hearing that United fans have a banner which reads: Chelsea – Tackling Racism Since Last Sunday. There’s no pictures knocking about quite yet as far as I can see but there is these lads’ one:
19.38 – So the team news then?
John Obi Mikel and Juan Mata both start for Chelsea with Blues boss Roberto Di Matteo opting against resting the pair for the fourth-round clash despite the fallout from the Clattenburg affair.
Chelsea’s six changes saw expected recalls for Daniel Sturridge, Ryan Bertrand, Victor Moses, Oriol Romeu, Cesar Azpilicueta and Lucas Piazon, with United making just the 10 alterations, only Rafael keeping his place from Sunday’s Premier League win.
Chelsea: Cech, Azpilicueta, Cahill, Luiz, Bertrand, Romeu, Mikel, Moses, Mata, Piazon, Sturridge
United: Lindgaard, Rafael, Keane (not that one), Wooton, Buttner, Giggs, Anderson, Fletcher, Nani, Hernandez, Wellbeck
19.48 – And we’re off. The home fans are in full voice; something about Champions of Europe, innit. The visitors are happy to sing about John Terry too who is sitting next to his old pal Ashley in the stands. And the tempo on the pitch isn’t too tame either. This will be tasty.
19.54 – What a ball from Victor Moses! the former Palace man curls one in behind the United rearguard from out on the right wing. It hops up perfectly for the onrushing Daniel Sturridge but he basically falls over the ball and the chance is gone. It’s been more or less Chelsea so far. 8 minutes in.
20.00 – The first booking of the game goes to the lad Romeu, for a trip on Cleverley. It won’t be the last I’m sure. Nani had his first range-finder of the evening with a well-struck free kick that fizzed off the turf and into Cech’s gloves.
20.08 – GOAL! Chelsea 0 Manchester 1 Ryan Giggs 21′ That’s a gift. Cech plays a dead ball to Romeu in front of the D, as he faces goal. The ball is nicked back by Hernandez and Giggs goes through. The veteran striker finishes handily.
20.12 – Henry Winter reports: “Mikel booked (rightly) for foul on Welbeck….#cfc fans chant ‘you’re worse than Clattenburg’ at ref Mason”. It’s not a chant that rolls of the tongue. In the meantime, to quote Barry Davies – look at his face, just look at his face.
The publishers sent us a copy of Bill O’Herlihy’s new book — written by our one-time colleague, Ewan MacKenna — this morning. Great suit.
20.17 – GOAL! Chelsea 1 Man Utd 1, (Luiz, 31 pen). Buttner gave the penalty away with an outstretched foot catching the ever-impressive Moses. The Brazilian steps up and drives it past Lindgaard.
20.20 – Here’s footage of that Luiz goal. You’re welcome.
20.25 – Here’s that second, hastily-written banner/bed-sheet:
Chelsea: Standing up to racism since Sunday.
20.31 – GOAL! Chelsea 1-2 Manchester United (Hernandez, 42) United will probably head in for their half-time oranges in the lead again. David Luiz drove forward from defence again but when he lost it, Anderson threaded the ball through to Hernandez and the Mexican finished brilliantly again.
20.36 – It may be half-time at the Bridge but it’s Chico-time at Anfield. Swansea have gone ahead through the Spaniard.
20.50 – And we’re back in the room. There’s been a bit of whiteboard scirbbling in both locker-rooms over the past 10 minutes. Paul Doyle writes:
Powell is on for United instead of Buttner (apparently because he has picked up a knock, and not, then, because he was being given the run-around by Moses), so Rafael is going to left-back and Fletcher will try his luck at right-back. Chelsea, meanwhile, have replaced Mikel with Ramires.
20.52 – And Powell makes his presence felt immediately as he unleashes a trademark long-ranger which Cech has to beat around the outside of his post.
20.57 – GOAL! Chelsea 2 Manchester United 2, Gary Cahill, 52′ That’s been coming. Daniel Sturridge could — and possibly should — have equalised twice in the past few moments, but it ultimately fell to a defender to head powerfully home. Rafael insists he got it out but the goal is given, as the camera cuts to the linesman. Replays show the official was dead right.
20.59 – And here comes Hazard. Dun dun dun. The Belgian trots on in place of Lucas Piazon, who had a quiet night. 55 minutes gone.
21.04 – GOAL! Chelsea 2 Manchester United 3, Nani 59′. And the goals keep coming. With more than a half an hour to go, the away team are in the lead once again. And what a goal it was. Nani started and finished a move that cut open the Blues’ defence thanks to nice little patterns and crisp passing, culminating in a killer pass from Hernandez and a chipped finish over Cech from the Portuguese.
21.14 – GOAL! Norwich 0 Tottenham 1, Bale 66′ Spurs have broken the deadlock in East Anglia thanks to new dad, G-Bale. Back in London, Oscar comes on for Romeu. This could be a very entertaining final 20 minutes.
21.16 – The Bridge is up in arms with boos ringing all the way down the Kings Road. With his first touch, Oscar played a nice ball inside to Mata. The Spaniard turned and blasted the ball into Michael Keane’s arm. The referee waved away the crowd’s penalty claims and United escape. That would have been harsh in my opinion.
21.17 – Alan Smith disagrees with me and says that should have been a spotter. Keane’s arm is flailing in fairness. Here’s footage of that Bale goal, meanwhile.
21.20 – What a good saved from Lindegaard as Moses unleashes — straight at the ‘keeper, in fairness — from inside the box.
21.23 – Your friend and mine, Paddy Power, has taken all the money I’ve given them over the years and hired someone who knows photoshop and computers and stuff. Fair dues – here’s what they’ve just tweeted about one R Giggs. Make your own super-injunction jokes.
21.34 – There’s less than a two minutes to go for Alex Ferguson and his watch on the Stamford Bridge sideline. Can they hang on?
Elsewhere, Nowrich have pulled it around at Carrow Road and now lead Spurs after a Vertonghen own goal and a Simeon Jackson strike. Liverpool are still trailing Swansea but have 15 minutes to rescue that.
21.35 – Wow. Minute-by-minute writer’s curse. Swansea have gone 2-0 up on Merseyside.
21.38 – GOAL! Chelsea 3 Manchester United 3, Hazard, 90+3, penalty The drama never ends. Scott Wootton crudely bundled over a Chelsea player in what must have been the the last play of the game and the Belgium stroked the subsequent spotter down the centre of the goal. Cool as you like and we have another 30 minutes.
21.40 – It’s all happening: at Anfield, Luis Suarez has got a goal back for Liverpool. It’s 2-1 to Swansea with 10 remaining. They’ll get another, right?
21.45 – As Iain Macintosh writes: ‘If Daniel Sturridge is in the shop window tonight, someone left the fucking shutters down.’ The Chelsea striker tries to defy the laws of physics and squeeze the ball past the goalkeeper rather than square to one of his team-mates.
21.51 – GOAL! Chelsea 4 Man Utd 3, Sturridge 98, Okay… I may have spoke too soon. The off-colour Blues striker broke clear of Manchester United’s young defence, kept going past the goalkeeper and tucked it away neatly. Scott Wootton — who should perhaps have been sent off for that costly penalty offence — won’t forget this night in a hurry; his poor header let the former Man City forward through for the shot.
21.56 – Swansea have scored again at Anfield; De Guzman has put them 3-1 up in garbage time. And as I type the ref blows it up.
21.59 – Michael Keane is a very lucky lad he’s still on the pitch. Daniel Sturridge turned and chased a Juan Mata ball with the young United defender — the last man back — hanging off his back. He was only booked and David Luiz wellied the free-kick off the crossbar.
22.04 – Andy Mitten writes: “Ferguson, 70, rushes onto the pitch to instruct Giggs – 39 in three weeks – in the 106th minute of a football match.”
22.11 – GOAL! Chelsea 5-3 Man Utd (Ramires 115) Hazard is class, isn’t he? That was like the end of a five-a-side game. The Belgian tip-toed his way through the United defence, then played in Ramirez and he put it away, a few dropped shoulders later.
22.15 – GOAL! Chelsea 5 Man Utd 4 Ryan Giggs 119′ – This is getting ridiculous. After the 12 goals at Reading last night, we now have nine here and two added minutes to the 30 of extra-time. that surely won’t get another will they?
22.16 – Hazard hits the post with the last kick of the game. I am exhausted after that.
22.32 – Okay to quote that Bill O’Herlihy book on my desk, then: we’ll leave it there so. The draw is coming up presently so we’ll have that news piece presently. Otherwise, enjoy the rest of your Halloween/don’t get egged.