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Solid United complete Chelsea victory

Published: Tuesday 12 April 2011, 22.50CET
Manchester United FC 2-1 Chelsea FC (agg: 3-1)
A goal in each half from Javier Hernández and Park Ji-Sung took United through to the semi-finals for the fourth time in five seasons.
by Simon Hart
from Old Trafford

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Match statistics

Man. UnitedChelsea

Goals scored2
 
1
Attempts on target6
 
5
Attempts off target2
 
9
Corners7
 
2
Offsides3
 
1
Fouls committed13
 
18
Yellow cards2
 
4
Red cards0
1

Standings

 
Published: Tuesday 12 April 2011, 22.50CET

Solid United complete Chelsea victory

Manchester United FC 2-1 Chelsea FC (agg: 3-1)
A goal in each half from Javier Hernández and Park Ji-Sung took United through to the semi-finals for the fourth time in five seasons.

Manchester United FC are one step away from a UEFA Champions League final appearance at Wembley after overcoming ten-man Chelsea FC, Sir Alex Ferguson's men securing a 3-1 aggregate victory in this all-English quarter-final.

Javier Hernández doubled United's aggregate advantage on the stroke of half-time and although Chelsea shrugged off Ramires' sending-off with a 77th-minute equaliser from substitute Didier Drogba, Park Ji-Sung extinguished the London club's flickering hopes within 60 seconds. United can now look forward to a fourth semi-final appearance in five years with only FC Schalke 04 or FC Internazionale Milano blocking their path to Wembley, scene of their first European triumph in 1968.

Sir Alex Ferguson said before this game that Chelsea had an "obsession" with winning the UEFA Champions League and for Carlo Ancelotti's team their quest must go on. They have suffered more painful defeats than this – not least to United in the 2008 final shoot-out – but will head south ruing their failure to profit from their early supremacy. They had arrived looking to become the first visitors to prevail here since their own 2-1 triumph on 3 April last year and, in a white-hot atmosphere, made a positive start.

Ancelotti had gambled on dropping Drogba and starting with Fernando Torres as a lone striker – supported by Nicolas Anelka, Frank Lampard and Florent Malouda – and the Spain forward nodded wide an Anelka cross after 12 minutes. He then set up Anelka to whistle a shot narrowly wide; it was not the Frenchman's only attempt. He sent another effort just over the crossbar and was also foiled by a superb tackle from Edwin van der Sar as he looked to round the Dutchman outside the box. Lampard, teed up by Malouda, spurned arguably Chelsea's best opportunity, however, shooting too close to Van der Sar.

A goal up from the first leg, United were not just sitting back. Wayne Rooney and Park, stationed behind Hernández, were looking lively and in the 27th minute Rooney's cross set up the young Mexican to head in only for an offside call to deny him. Hernández made up for that disappointment with the opening goal two minutes before the break. When Chelsea only half-cleared a free-kick, the impressive Rooney picked out Giggs out on the right and he exchanged passes with John O'Shea before bursting into the box to deliver a low ball across goal that Hernández, at the back post, buried into the roof of the net.

Ancelotti responded by sending out Drogba for the second half in place of Torres. The Ivorian flashed a shot narrowly wide from 20 metres but the tie looked to have slipped away from Chelsea when Ramires collected a second yellow card for a foul on Nani with 20 minutes remaining. Drogba instead revived their hopes by chesting down Michael Essien's through ball and finding the far corner of Van der Sar's net – but not for long. Inside less than 60 seconds Giggs had played in Park who fired across Petr Čech to secure United's passage.

Last updated: 27/11/12 4.57CET

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Quotes

  • Sir Alex Ferguson

    Read more"We've said it so many times; Ryan Giggs is incredible, a unique person and player. He made a big contribution"

  • Carlo Ancelotti

    Read more"We're out of the Champions League, this is not good for us. We are disappointed, but this is football. We have to be able to look forward "

Lineups

man. united

Man. United

chelsea

Chelsea

1
Van der SarEdwin van der Sar (GK)
1
ČechPetr Čech (GK)
3
EvraPatrice Evra
Yellow Card59
2
IvanovićBranislav Ivanović
5
FerdinandRio Ferdinand
3
A. ColeAshley Cole
10
RooneyWayne Rooney
5
EssienMichael Essien
11
GiggsRyan Giggs
7
RamiresRamires
Yellow Card33
Red Card70
13
Park Ji-SungPark Ji-Sung
Goal77
8
LampardFrank Lampard
14
HernándezJavier Hernández
Goal43
9
TorresFernando Torres
Substitution46
15
VidićNemanja Vidić (C)
15
MaloudaFlorent Malouda
Yellow Card37
16
CarrickMichael Carrick
26
TerryJohn Terry (C)
Yellow Card41
17
NaniNani
Substitution75
33
AlexAlex
Substitution82
22
O'SheaJohn O'Shea
Yellow Card19
39
AnelkaNicolas Anelka
Substitution61

Substitutes

29
KuszczakTomasz Kuszczak (GK)
22
TurnbullRoss Turnbull (GK)
6
BrownWes Brown
10
BenayounYossi Benayoun
9
BerbatovDimitar Berbatov
11
DrogbaDidier Drogba
Substitution46
Goal77
12
SmallingChris Smalling
12
MikelJohn Obi Mikel
18
ScholesPaul Scholes
18
ZhirkovYuri Zhirkov
25
A. ValenciaAntonio Valencia
Substitution75
19
FerreiraPaulo Ferreira
Substitution82
28
GibsonDarron Gibson
21
KalouSalomon Kalou
Substitution61

Coach

Sir Alex Ferguson (SCO) Carlo Ancelotti (ITA)

Referee

Olegário Benquerença (POR)

Assistant referees

Bertino Miranda (POR), João Santos (POR)

Fourth official

Duarte Gomes (POR)

Additional assistant referees

Artur Dias (POR), Carlos Xistra (POR)

Legend:

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  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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