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Sunday, April 27, 2008
Chelsea 2-1 Manchester United
I was glued on TV last night when Chelsea played Man Utd in the English Premier League. It has been SO LONG since the title run is so close between two teams. Before the match started, Chelsea was juz 3 points behind Man Utd on the table. A win would see the title chase go down the wire with juz TWO games remaining in the season. The match was to be played in London Stamford Bridge, the home fortress of Chelsea. It a remarkable record dat they haven't lost there for FOUR years.
I was anticipating this match with an early kick off of 7.45pm last night. N heck, it was action around the pitch for the full 90minutes. When Germany captain Michael Ballack headed in a goal for a 1-0 Chelsea lead in the 43rd minute, I was overjoyed!! Heck, I would rather Chelsea win the title than Man Utd, cos i'm a Liverpool fan. But sadly, Man Utd equalised not long after the 2nd half restarted, through Wayne Rooney, with a terrible mistake by Chelsea defender Ricardo Carvalho. 1-1 it stayed until late on in the game.
A Michael Essien cross in 84th minute was being met by Michael Carrick, not his legs or head, but by his hand inside the penalty box. PENALTY!! Chelsea has a lifeline to hold on to now. With the immense pressure, who's gonna take the kick from 6 yards out? The usual penalty taker from Chelsea is Frank Lampard, but he is on compassionate leave due to the death of his mum. So up steps Michael Ballack, the man who replaced him in the middle of the field.
Coolly, he finished it off with a well struck shot into the left bottom corner of the net. 2-1 to Chelsea, and Man Utd started getting desperate. The final 5 minutes normal time plus 4 minutes of injury time as full of drama. Man Utd TWICE almost equalised through Ronaldo & Nani but was foiled by goaline clearances by Ashley Cole & Andriy Shevchenko respectively. Kinda ironic don't u think?? Shevchenko was bought for 30million pounds to score goals, but he actually helped Chelsea prevent a goal last night n saved their title challenge.
2-1 it stays till the full time whistle was blown. The two teams are now level on points, but Man Utd stays top due to their better goal difference. With juz 2 games left in the season, this is one of the closest title race ever in recent times. No prizes for guess who I'll be supporting to win the title.
After watching Chelsea win Man Utd, I was happy, but at the same time, worried. Liverpool will play the 2nd leg of the Champions League semi-final on the same ground this coming Wednesday with the first leg finishing at 1-1. Liverpool will really have to play the best match of the season in order to draw or win at Stamford Bridge. I'm aiming for a 1-1 draw n extra time penalty.
Good match Chelsea last night, however, I hope u have a bad match this coming Wednesday against my Liverpool.
Video of last night's match highlights
BTW, this was wad happened when Liverpool played Chelsea in the 1st leg.. Poor own goal by Riise on the final SECONDS of the match