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Chelsea draw with Manchester United… Manchester City beat West Ham to pursue Chelsea

Chelsea vs Manchester United match.

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(Seoul = Yonhap News) Reporter Dongchan Kim = The competition for the lead in the English Premier League has become more intense.

Chelsea, who lead the Premier League for the 2021-2022 season, drew 1-1 in the 13th round home match against Manchester United (hereinafter referred to as Manchester United) held at Stamford Bridge, London, England on the 29th (Korean time).

Chelsea, with 9 wins, 3 draws and 1 loss, maintained their top spot with 30 points.

However, second-placed team Manchester City beat West Ham United 2-1 and closely followed Chelsea with a record of 9 wins, 2 draws and 2 losses, and 29 points, sparking the competition for the lead.

Liverpool, who defeated Southampton 4-0 in the 13th round the day before, are also in third place with 8 wins, 4 draws and 1 loss and 28 points.

For Chelsea, it was a game they had to win to widen the gap with the top-ranked teams, but they only added one point against Manchester United, who has recently undergone a managerial change.

Ronaldo protests to referee during match against Chelsea
Ronaldo protests to referee during match against Chelsea

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The two teams ended the first half 0-0, and Manchester United’s Jaden Sancho scored first in the fifth minute of the second half.

When Chelsea midfielder Jorginho failed to properly control the ball that was kicked forward by the Manchester United defensive camp, Sancho caught the ball as it was and made a solo dribble, one-on-one match with the goalkeeper, and opened the goal with a calm right-footed shot.

Sancho, 20 this year, scored his first goal after moving to Manchester United in a match against Villarreal (Spain) in the UEFA Champions League (UCL) five days ago, and in this match, he continued his upward trend in scoring the first league goal.

Sancho, who played for Germany’s Dortmund, moved to Manchester United in July this year for a transfer fee of £73 million (about 115.4 billion won).

However, Chelsea made it 1-1 in the 24th minute when Jorginho kicked a penalty from a corner kick. Jorginho, who had made a mistake in the process of conceding goals, seemed to have ‘atonement’ by scoring the equalizer on his own.

Manchester United have recorded 1 win, 1 draw and 1 draw in two matches played under Michael Carrick as manager Ole Gunnar Solskär. In the UCL match against Villarreal, they won 2-0.

With 18 points (5 wins, 3 draws and 5 losses), United are in 8th place in the league.

In the match, Manchester United’s Cristiano Ronaldo appeared as a substitute for Sancho in the 19th minute of the second half.

Acting coach Carrick explained the background to Ronaldo’s start of the game on the bench, saying, “I made changes to try different things.” “I talked enough with Ronaldo.”

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