Manchester United fight back from 0-3 down to hold Chelsea
By AFP | Posted 06-Feb-2012
Manchester United staged a stunning fightback from three goals down as Javier Hernandez's late equaliser rescued a dramatic 3-3 draw against Chelsea in one of the games of the season at Stamford Bridge yesterday.
Manchester United players celebrate Javier Hernandez's goal against Chelsea during yesterday's EPL match. Pic/etty Images
Alex Ferguson's team seemed to be heading for a heavy defeat as an own goal from United defender Jonny Evans gave Chelsea the lead late in the first half before Juan Mata and David Luiz added further goals for the Blues soon after the interval.
But Wayne Rooney finally sparked United into life with two penalties midway through the second half and the champions' frenzied pressure was rewarded when Mexican striker Hernandez headed home from a Ryan Giggs cross with six minutes left.
The draw leaves second-placed United two points behind leaders Manchester City, but the manner of their remarkable revival should provide a massive confidence boost as they try to overhaul their local rivals.
Manchester City defeated Fulham 3-0 on Saturday. Sergio Aguero set City on the road to three points with a first half penalty before Roberto Mancini's side eased into a 2-0 lead with a Chris Baird own goal. Edin Dzeko added a third on 72 minutes.
Newcastle down Villa 2-1 Earlier yesterday, Senegal striker Papiss Demba Cisse enjoyed a dream debut for Newcastle as his second-half strike secured a 2-1 win against Aston Villa at St James' Park. Robbie Keane, on loan from LA Galaxy, equalised for Villa deep into first half stoppage-time after Demba Ba put Newcastle ahead.