Match of the Week 22 – 29 October 2012

My match of the week this week HAS to be Chelsea vs Manchester Utd purely because of the controversy and also the good football from both sides. Although Reading vs Fulham produced more goals as it was a 6 goal thriller; during Chelsea vs Man U there were much more decisions up for debate. Have a read of this and you’ll see what i’m on about… :

David Luiz’s own goal and Robin van Persie’s clinical finish gave Manchester United a two-goal lead early on when Young’s pace allowed him to play in Wayne Rooney so when the England forward pulled the ball back Van Persie’s shot ended up in the back of the net via the upright and Luiz. Valencia then demonstrated his value with a fine run and cross for Van Persie to sweep a finish past Petr Cech.

It was to Chelsea’s credit that they managed to clear their heads and find a route back into the game. United goalkeeper David de Gea resorted to the unorthodox to kick away Luiz’s free kick and Evans deflected Jon Obi Mikel’s cross on to a post with De Gea wrong-footed. Chelsea deserved some reward and it came on the stroke of half-time. Rooney was booked for hauling down Eden Hazard and Mata curled home a spectacular free-kick. Mata was then denied once more by the excellent De Gea but Chelsea had all the momentum and they were back on level terms after 53 minutes when Ramires rose above Tom Cleverley to equalise.

The game was balanced perfectly but it shifted decisively towards United when Chelsea lost two players to red cards just after the hour. Ivanovic was sent off for tripping Young as he raced on to Van Persie’s pass then, far more disputably, Torres was also dismissed for picking up a second yellow card for diving. It was a huge call by Clattenburg because Torres had been caught on his shin by Evans, but the referee was convinced the striker had dived. Chelsea’s backroom staff were furious and angry words were exchanged between Ferguson and Di Matteo as the heated debate continued.

Chelsea’s 9 men were always going to be in danger. And so it proved as United went ahead with 15 minutes remaining. Van Persie’s shot was blocked by the feet of Cech but when Rafael returned the ball into the six-yard area Hernandez turned in from an offside position. He was about a yard offside but the linesman didn’t spot this and this lead to even more debates and arguments.

United’s players celebrated in a corner of Stamford Bridge but they were met by furious scenes, with objects appearing to be thrown and a steward requiring lengthy treatment.

Ferguson’s side closed out the win to move within 1 point of Chelsea at the Premier League summit but the jeers directed at Clattenburg as he left the pitch at the final whistle demonstrated the strength of feeling inside Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea have now made a formal complaint against referee Mark Clattenburg after accusing him of using “inappropriate language” towards two of their players during the match. Part of the allegation is that Clattenburg used racial language whilst confronting John Obi Mikel.

Thats why I chose Chelsea vs Man U as my match of the week this week.


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