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26.04.2008 16:09

The league gets complicated for United (2-1)


Barça’s rival in the Champions League lost away to Chelsea today and only maintains the lead on goal average. Two goals from Ballack decided the tie.

Manchester United rested five key players in the decisive game at Chelsea’s ground, where they could have lifted the title of league champion, and they paid for it with a loss that complicates the title for them. With only two games remaining in the Premier, the ‘Red Devils’ and the ‘Blues’ are deadlocked at the top of the classification, with Ferguson’s men top on goal average.

Adefensive United

In the first half we saw another very defensive United. Chelsea were in control of the game and created the only two clear chances. First a shot from Joe Cole struck the post and then, from a perfect header by Ballack came the first goal on the scoreboard, just before the break.

Ballack finishes off

0x12306~3644633x00.jpgIn the second half Manchester United were more ambitious and quickly got back in the game. Rooney made the most of an error by Carvalho to beat Czech. Ferguson then looked for victory sending on Cristiano Ronaldo, one of the five rested after playing the Camp Nou. In spite of this the second goal came for Chelsea, once again the work of Ballack, from a penalty (85m).

Photos: www.premierleague.com
Photos: www.premierleague.com
Vidic, out
Apart from losing, Manchester United lose Vidic to an injury. The centre half had to abandon the pitch in the 10th minute after receiving a knock to the face.

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