Wayne Rooney was at it again on Tuesday spoiling the party for Chelsea in a 2-1 scores away win which sank the blues chance of a UEFA Champions League semi final.
Manchester United feat at Old Trafford on Tuesday was in every sense a quality win after a major square- up which once again dotted the supremacy of Man United in the English soccer expedition.
Manchester spitefully grabbed a UEFA Champions League semifinal berth in 3-1 on aggregate.
United led 1-0 from the first leg at Stamford Bridge and Wayne Rooney’s away goal made them favourites to advance the Champions Leauge semifinals for the seventh time and Javier Hernandez pushed the Red Devils forward with a close range shot in the 43rd minute before Park Ji Sung cancelled out Didier Drogba’s score in the second half.
Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti insisted to make Fernando Torres start in the lineup, but the British record 50 million pounds capture from Liverpool still failed to score his first goal for the London club since January before being replaced by Drogba in the second half.
The Ivorian striker Drogba played much more impressively than the struggling Spaniard, but Chelsea suffered a setback when Brazilian midfielder Ramires received a second yellow card in the 70th minute.
Manchester United took the cracking away win which now secure their chances to moving to the next round of the Champions League.
It was a cracking first leg match up between the 2 sides yesterday at the Bridge but ultimately Chelsea were simply unable to power through Manchester United’s sturdy defence to score despite coming close several times.
A Wayne Rooney who is on incredible form at the moment scored the only goal in the 24th minute after Ryan Giggs positioned himself beautifully to make a perfect cross to Rooney who planted the ball in the back of the net.
Despite having a side that looks devastating on paper, Chelsea never managed to score the equaliser with Torres still looking uncertain of himself in front of the goal, his only real contribution was being booked by the refree for diving in the Man U box.
The powerful Didier Drogba brought Chelsea their best scoring opportunity at the very end of the first half when his shot reverberated off the post and into the lap of Frank Lampard who then redirected the ball towards the goal only to be denied by Evra knocking it clear.
The Chelsea team should be more than capable of taking on this Manchester United side on their own turf but simply haven’t managed to gel with one another this season.
With Alex missing most of the season due to injury alongside Chelsea’s second signing from Liverpool, Israeli, Yossi Benayoun the club are lacking some depth in their squad. All eyes are now getting ready to watch the next leg at Old Trafford to see if Chelsea can somehow resurrect their Champions League when they travel up to Manchester.