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Cole Palmer hat-trick earns Blues victory

Chelsea come out on top in thriller

2024/04/04 22:25

An astonishingly topsy turvy clash at Stamford Bridge saw Chelsea score twice deep into second-half stoppage-time to eventually defeat Manchester United by four goals to three.


CHE XI: Petrovic; Gusto, Disasi, Badiashile, Cucurella; Caicedo, Fernandez; Palmer, Gallagher*, Mudryk; Jackson

CHE SUBS: Bettinelli, Silva, Chalobah, Gilchrist, Tauriainen, Casadei, Chukwuemeka, Madueke, Sterling

MUN XI: Onana; Dalot, Varane, Maguire, Wan-Bissaka; Casemiro, Mainoo; Antony, Fernandes*, Garnacho; Hojlund

MUN SUBS: Heaton, Evans, Kambwala, Amrabat, McTominay, Eriksen, Mount, Rashford, Amad Diallo

Action: It was an electric and end to end game at Stamford Bridge with a goal coming early on in the match, too, via Chelsea captain on the evening, Conor Gallagher, who stroked home an effort from the edge of the box inside just four minutes.

Chelsea continued to pile the pressure on with Mauricio Pochettino’s side finding lots of openings down both sides of the Manchester United box and defensive flanks.

They did eventually double their lead when Antony tripped Nicolas Jackson in the box, who had latched onto Mykhaylo Mudryk’s through ball. Cole Palmer stepped up and cooly slotted it away for the Blues.

Manchester United did begin to show some signs of life as the half wore on and, quite astonishingly, actually brought themselves back level before the break.

Alejandro Garnacho pounced on an error made by Moises Caicedo and he burst through on goal before eventually smartly shifting the ball onto his left foot and wrong footing Djordje Petrovic in the Chelsea goal.

United then brought themselves back level a few minutes later when a wonderful, deep cross from Diogo Dalot was met on the head by the on-rushing Bruno Fernandes to draw things level.

The second-half continued in its first-half basketball-like theme with Manchester United continuing to generally be the better and more efficient side as they comfortably dealt with disjointed Chelsea attacks.

Then, mid-way through the second-half, the comeback was complete. A quick United counter led by Antony saw the Brazilian play an excellent trivela cross into the United area and, on the bounce, Garnacho ran in and bravely poked a header beyond Petrovic into the Chelsea goal.

Chelsea huffed and puffed with several Pochettino substitutions, such as Raheem Sterling and Carney Chukwuemeka, but they badly fizzled and United seemed like they would on for a surprising and vital victory.

However, deep into second-half stoppage-time, Noni Madueke skinned Diogo Dalot and the Portuguese defender fell into the trap and tripped the Englishman in the box with the referee pointing to the spot. Cole Palmer stepped up and confidently sent Andre Onana the wrong way.

Then, with seconds remaining, Chelsea began to pour forward again with Raheem Sterling and Carney Chukwuemeka having chances but then, with United slow to react from a short corner, Cole Palmer, with the aid of a deflection, put Chelsea, quite astonishingly, back ahead. 



The big picture: Chelsea were, once again, remarkably entertaining team to watch with both teams going at each other from the off. They keep themselves in contention for a top seven or eight finish and potential European qualification. Manchester United’s tilt at the top five and UEFA Champions League qualification has been majorly dented with the Red Devils nine points adrift.

Man of the match: Cole Palmer. A match winning hat-trick with a 99th minute equaliser and then a 101st minute winner means, quite simply, you are the man of the match.



‘4 | GOAL: Gallagher (1-0)

’19 | GOAL: Palmer [pen] (2-0)

’34 | GOAL: Garnacho (2-1)

’39 | GOAL: Fernandes (2-2)


’67 | GOAL: Garnacho (2-3)

’90 | GOAL: Palmer [pen] (3-3)

’90 | GOAL: Palmer (4-3)



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2024-04-04 23h55m by eyoungs8
Comment: Wow, what a thrilling match! Chelsea really showed their fighting spirit with those two late goals. And shoutout to Gallagher for that early goal, what a strike!
2024-04-04 23h48m by hturnerford
As a Chelsea fan, I couldn't believe the rollercoaster of emotions in this game! Gallagher's early goal set the tone for the match and the late goals just added to the excitement. What a win for the Blues!
2024-04-04 23h24m by l_10_brownfield
As a Chelsea fan, I have to say that this match was an absolute rollercoaster of emotions! The team showed incredible determination and resilience to come back and secure the win in stoppage time. What a game!
2024-04-04 22h50m by jwhiteheadbarnes
However, Manchester United were quick to respond and equalised through their Brazilian talisman, Bruno Fernandes, who headed in a cross from youngster Antony. The game continued to be an entertaining affair with both sides creating chances, but it wasn't until the 60th minute when United took the lead through a brilliant solo effort from substitute Marcus Rashford. Chelsea fought back and equalised once again in the 85th minute through a thumping header from left-back Marc Cucurella. Just when
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Stamford Bridge
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Conor Gallagher 4'
Cole Palmer 19' (pen.) 90' (pen.) 90'
Alejandro Garnacho 34' 67'
Bruno Fernandes 39'


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