Fidelity bank banner Camano banner
Lukaku wrecks Chelsea in EPL cracker

By News Express on 26/02/2018

Share on facebook Yahoo mail icon Gmail icon Share on Google+

Views: 1,244

 •Lukaku celebrating his goal against Arsenal on Sunday. Photo: Gallo Images
•Lukaku celebrating his goal against Arsenal on Sunday. Photo: Gallo Images

Romelu Lukaku broke his barren run against top six Premier League opposition and provided the winner for Jesse Lingard as Manchester United came from behind to beat Chelsea 2-1 at Old Trafford.

Victory against his former club was particularly sweet for Jose Mourinho as he got one over on Chelsea boss Antonio Conte, but more importantly moves United back above Liverpool into second place in the Premier League.

Defeat allied to Tottenham Hotspur’s late win earlier in the day at Crystal Palace sees Chelsea slip to fifth.

The visitors enjoyed the better of the first period but failed to build on Willian’s 32nd minute opener.

Lukaku levelled seven minutes later from close range and then crossed for substitute Lingard to head home as a ruthless United took full advantage of their limited chances.

The spectre of another fiery clash between Mourinho and Conte, who have publicly bickered in recent months, hogged the headlines before kick-off, but there was a peace offering when the pair shook hands before the action got underway.

Mourinho recalled Paul Pogba to his starting XI after dropping the £89 million midfielder for Wednesday’s stalemate at Sevilla in the Champions League.

But it was one of Conte’s two changes from his side’s 1-1 draw with Barcelona in midweek who nearly made an immediate impact.

Alvaro Morata started for the first time in six weeks, but saw his side-footed volley from Marcos Alonso’s driven cross come back off the bar just four minutes in.

Chelsea dominated possession in the opening quarter, but much like they did to Barcelona on Tuesday with limited time on the ball, United restricted them to few other clear-cut chances.

United had offered little going forward themselves until Anthony Martial’s low cross picked out Alexis Sanchez inside the area.

However, the Chilean is still waiting for his first big moment since joining United last month as he poked the ball tamely into the arms of Thibaut Courtois.

UNITED CAUGHT OUT

Moments later, the hosts were caught by a blistering Chelsea counter-attack to open the scoring.

Willian picked up the ball just outside his own area and drove through the United midfield before exchanging passes with Eden Hazard.

The Brazilian then unleashed a shot too powerful even for David de Gea to register his fourth goal in three games.

The lead lasted just seven minutes, though, as for the first time in a United shirt, Lukaku netted against one of their top six rivals – at the seventh time of asking.

Sanchez fed Martial and his clever reverse pass was slotted home by Lukaku to muted celebrations against his former club.

Lukaku nearly had a spectacular second 22 minutes from time when he caught a Sanchez cross flush with an acrobatic volley, only to be denied by a finger tip save from Courtois.

However, the Belgian did make a decisive contribution when he dropped deep and his in-swinging cross was met by a perfectly timed run by Lingard.

Conte had surprisingly removed Hazard just before conceding and that decision looked all the more puzzling as Chelsea searched in vain for an equaliser.

Willian saw another effort smothered by De Gea at the second attempt at his near post as United held out for just a second win over Chelsea in 15 meetings. (AFP)

Source News Express

Posted 26/02/2018 05:56:27 AM

 

Share on facebook Yahoo mail icon Gmail icon Share on Google+


 

CLASSIFIED ADS

 

You may also like...
UNN HONOURS FIRST SET OF GRADUATES . ....

Akoh sues for peace as displaced residents of...

Battle for Saraki’s seat hots up

Army Chief commends Theatre Commander, Lafiya Dole troops...

Lawyer implicates Trump

Governors won’t cut salaries, union assures workers

JNI blasts military, SSS over ‘extra judicial killing...

Suicide bomber kills 4 worshippers at Cameroon mosque...

Rivers PDP lampoons APC, lauds Osinbajo for honouring...

Ezekwesili vs Aso Rock: Behold! The CBN’s Foreign...

Nigeria and the Brexit fever

Troops destroy illegal refinery, avert farmers-herdsmen clash

 

Latest News 2019: Buhari, Atiku test popularity in the Southeast, By Muhammad Ajah Nigerian Military accuses UNICEF of sabotage, suspends activities in North-East Nigerian teacher in race for $1m Global Teacher Prize Minimum wage: Buhari, 36 governors in closed-door meeting Reps summon ministers, NNPC GMD, others over ‘unbudgeted’ subsidy funds 72 FRSC officials killed on duty in Kaduna zone Electoral Act: PDP contracted Russian agents to hack into INEC server — APC 2019: Lagosians do not want a one man’s Lagos — Agbaje Army buries officers, soldiers killed by Boko Haram during Metele attack 6-week-old baby miraculously survives Ebola 2,000 APC members in Oyo join ADC, say ruling party hijacked FG, Korean agency to launch Phase-2 ICT project

 

Most Read NUDE PHOTO OF OMOTOLA JALADE-EKEINDE surfaces online (430,274 views) Nigerian female sex addict opens up, says ‘I like it with both men and women’ (395,071 views) Shameless Genevieve Nnaji exposes breasts in public (327,970 views) Finally named: The full list of friends of Nigerian female sex addict who prowled Facebook (281,574 views) OLUMBA OLUMBA OBU (the one who called himself God) IS DEAD (248,021 views) Igbo scholar disgraces Femi Fani-Kayode •Demolishes claims on Igbo/Yoruba history with facts and figures (229,368 views) Breaking News: POPULAR REVEREND CONVERTS TO ISLAM in Kaduna (Nigeria) (212,255 views) OBJ’s son reported dead in Lagos plane crash •Names of more victims emerge (193,447 views) My wasted years in Olumba Olumba Obu’s Evil Brotherhood (179,819 views) THE FINAL DISGRACE: Igbo scholar unleashes more facts about Igbo/Yoruba history, finishes off Femi Fani-Kayode with second article (170,599 views) Lagos plane crash: Journalist releases victims’ names (167,349 views) Gunmen kill ASP, 2 other police officers in vain bid to kidnap Rivers PDP chieftain (153,800 views)

 

CBN banner Zenith Zero Balance First Bank chat banking

 

Categories Advertorials (3) African Press Organisation (81) Art & Literature (76) Business & Economy (3,881) Business Verdict (54) Columnists (973) Complaints & Requests (95) Enterprise & Opportunities (208) Entertainment (575) Features (679) Global Business Monitor (313) International (2,825) Interview (167) Live Commentary (28) Love Matters (147) Maggie's Blog (74) News (41,424) Opinion (1,153) Pidgin (13) Politics (8,174) Religion (916) Sports (1,819) Stock Watch (35) AMA & Al Jazeera Global Update

 

 

 

 

APO Group Partner

 

 

CLASSIFIED ADS

GOCOP Accredited Member

GOCOP Accredited member

 

 

Africa Media Agency and Al Jazeera