Oct 28, 2012 at 4pm UK at ​Stamford Bridge
Man UtdManchester United
Ramires (53'), Mata (44')
Torres (45'), Mikel Obi (76')
Ivanovic (63'), Torres (68')
FT(HT: 1-2)
Luiz (4' og.), Van Persie (12'), Hernández (75')
Rooney (43'), Valencia (90')

Half-Time Report: Late Mata goal keeps Chelsea in contention

Juan Mata scores a late goal to bring Chelsea back to 2-1 at half-time in their home encounter with Manchester United.

An own goal from David Luiz and a strike from Robin van Persie have put Manchester United in command at the break from their trip to Chelsea this afternoon.

Robin van Persie celebrates scoring for United© PA Photos

Visiting United began the match in the ascendancy and went on to break the deadlock in the fourth minute. Wayne Rooney got free down the right and cut the ball back for Robin van Persie, whose shot struck the post. The ball rebounded against David Luiz and dropped into his own net.

Their lead was then doubled in the 12th minute when Van Persie side-footed in a low cross from Antonio Valencia.

The remainder of the half was dominated by the hosting Blues, who saw a number of shots saved by visiting goalkeeper David de Gea.

However, his resistance was broken with one minute of the half remaining when Juan Mata curled a free kick beyond his reach after Rooney had brought down Eden Hazard on the edge of the area.

Mata had another chance in stoppage time, but De Gea managed to keep him out with his legs.

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