Chelsea 1 – 1 Manchester United
Posted by hiphopmama on September 22, 2008
This was one tie that clearly benefited one team more than the other. Chelsea was behind almost the whole time after giving up an 18th minute goal to Ji-Sung Park and didn’t seem to find their form until much later in the match. The second half was much more competitive and saw the entrance of both Didier Drogba and Cristiano Ronaldo. Kalou eventually scored the equalizer off a free kick by John Obi Mikel after numerous missed opportunities, most notably by Anelka (sound familiar?). The end of the game was intense as well, with both teams missing chances to grab three points, and the ref blew the final whistle right after a Rio Ferdinand foul on Drogba appeared to portend his second yellow card and a promising free kick for Chelsea. It was a bizarre end to an exciting game.
Happily, Ronaldo turned in a disappointing performance, even picking up a deserved yellow card for diving and then complaining about the no-call. Alex played well on the back line for Chelsea after Ricardo Carvalho went out with an injury in the early going, and Man U’s back-up goalie Kuszczak did fine in Van Der Sar’s stead after the Dutchman went out with a knee injury. The game’s best performances were turned in by Mikel, Bosingwa, and Rooney, while Terry was surprisingly mediocre.