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Ruthless United halt Chelsea's unbeaten start

Published: Sunday 28 October 2012, 19.10CET
Manchester United FC moved to within a point of the summit after condemning nine-man Chelsea FC to their first defeat of the season, while honours ended even in the Merseyside derby.

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Published: Sunday 28 October 2012, 19.10CET

Ruthless United halt Chelsea's unbeaten start

Manchester United FC moved to within a point of the summit after condemning nine-man Chelsea FC to their first defeat of the season, while honours ended even in the Merseyside derby.

Manchester United FC surrendered a two-goal lead before earning a dramatic 3-2 victory at nine-man Chelsea FC after Everton FC and Liverpool FC shared the derby spoils.

The match at Stamford Bridge was just four minutes old when the visitors' early bout of counterattacks paid dividends. Wayne Rooney exchanged passes with Ashley Young, before teeing up Robin van Persie, whose fierce strike came back off a post and rebounded in off David Luiz. The former Arsenal FC forward then made it two with a trademark finish (12).

United were the epitome of composure until Juan Mata's exquisite free-kick found the net (44). That sparked a resurgence and Chelsea were level eight minutes after the break, Ramires nodding in at the back post. However, the tide turned significantly when Branislav Ivanović was shown a red card for a last-man challenge on Young, before Fernando Torres followed suit for a second booking. United's numerical advantage told 15 minutes from time when the predatory Javier Hernández tapped in.

Earlier, a pulsating Merseyside derby burst into life when Luis Suarez's driven effort deflected in off Leighton Baines. The Uruguyan international scored a second six minutes later, but Everton responded within two minutes through Leon Osman. Their first-half comeback was complete when Steven Naismith converted Marouane Fellaini's centre.

Tottenham Hotspur FC replaced the Toffees in fourth following a 2-1 victory at Southampton FC, while Newcastle United FC prevailed by the same scoreline at home to West Bromwich Albion FC.

Last updated: 04/12/13 19.08CET

Results

English Premier League 2012/13

Matches
HomeAway
Last updated: 16/01/2013 16:27 CET

28/10/2012

ChelseaChelsea2-3Man. UnitedMan. United

Juan Mata 44, Ramires 53

David Luiz 4 (o.g.), Van Persie 12, Hernández 75

Venue: London

28/10/2012

SouthamptonSouthampton1-2TottenhamTottenham

Rodriguez 66

Bale 15, Dempsey 39

Venue: Southampton

28/10/2012

NewcastleNewcastle2-1West BromWest Brom

Ba 35, Cissé 90+3

Lukaku 55

Venue: Newcastle

28/10/2012

EvertonEverton2-2LiverpoolLiverpool

Osman 22, S. Naismith 35

Baines 14 (o.g.), Suárez 20

Venue: Liverpool

27/10/2012

Man. CityMan. City1-0SwanseaSwansea

Tévez 61

Venue: Manchester

27/10/2012

ArsenalArsenal1-0QPRQPR

Arteta 84

Venue: London

27/10/2012

StokeStoke0-0SunderlandSunderland

Venue: Stoke

27/10/2012

WiganWigan2-1West HamWest Ham

Ramis 8, McArthur 47

Tomkins 90+3

Venue: Wigan

27/10/2012

ReadingReading3-3FulhamFulham

Leigertwood 26, McCleary 85, Robson-Kanu 90

Ruiz 61, Baird 77, Berbatov 88

Venue: Reading

27/10/2012

Aston VillaAston Villa1-1NorwichNorwich

Benteke 26

Turner 79

Venue: Birmingham

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