Chelsea 1 vs 0 Manchester United
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Excellent play by Kante, as he skips beyond Fellaini on the right and clips a cross into the box. Costa is lurking, but Jones gets there to head behind for a corner.
Costa is displaying some amateur dramatics again. He latches on to a pass before being called offside, and then he crumples to the floor in dramatic style after Rojo bumped into him. The referee isn’t having any of it and tells him to get up.
Fine tackle! Pogba doesn’t do well on the edge of the box, as he makes a feeble attempt to halt Costa. But Rojo slides in and steals the ball back in expert fashion.
CLOSE! Good play by Chelsea, as they work the ball well across the edge of the box. Eventually Kante shapes to shoot and passes to Willian, whose first-time curling effort goes agonisingly wide of the top-right corner.
United are now caught on the break. Kante surges forward and plays Matic in to the left side of the box. He clips the ball to the back post, but Willian’s effort is blocked by Rojo. Costa then heads a great chance wide from the resulting corner.
ALMOST! Brilliant from Rashford. The forward latches on to a hopeful ball up and beats Cahill to it. He then runs at the defender and turns him inside-out, before seeing a left-footed effort saved by Courtois. Great play, but he should have scored.
United attempt to get themselves an immediate response, but a free-kick comes to nothing as Fellaini is penalised for pushing.
Early free-kick to United, as Pogba and Azpilicueta battle away and a foul could have been given either way to be honest. It goes the way of the visitors, though.
Off we go for the second half at Stamford Bridge.
Rashford is hauled down by Cahill, who just grabs him and pulls him over while slipping to the floor. Mourinho, who was just involved in a bit of a touchline spat with Conte, is having words with the fourth official again, adamant that a yellow card should’ve been shown then.
Hazard keeps popping up in good positions for Chelsea, this time latching on to the ball after Jones tackled Alonso. He darts into the left side of the box before lashing high and wide of the goa
United are back on the front foot. Young initially loses it out wide, but they keep the pressure on and Valencia is soon released up the right flank by Herrera. The right-back crosses, but again Young’s touch is too heavy and Chelsea escape.
United’s pressing from the front really has been very good so far, particularly from Mkhitaryan and Rashford, both of whom win tackles in quick succession. How long will they be able to keep that up for, though?
Yellow Card Ander Herrera Agüera
Excellent defending by Valencia. Chelsea work the ball into the United box for Costa, but the right-back stands up to the striker and shrugs him off. Play is then brought to a halt as Hazard is down after colliding with Herrera, who gets booked. A little harsh it has to be said – the Belgian ran into him!
Two more Chelsea corners come in quick succession, and eventually United get some respite, as Costa heads the second set-piece over under pressure from Rojo and Darmian.
Pogba tries to play the tricky ball as opposed to a simple one and gives the ball away. Chelsea work it forward quickly and then Darmian trips Hazard. Free-kick just inside the United half.
Encouraging play by United right from the start, as Rashford and Valencia link up and the Ecuadorian gets a cross in. Luiz slices his clearance away and then from the resulting throw-in United get themselves a corner.
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