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01/11/2012 10:30

Papers: Defences in disarray

Daniel Taylor writes in The Guardian...

Chelsea earn dramatic victory
It was another breathless encounter and, this time, Chelsea will not care too much about the refereeing they think went in Manchester United's favour. They were behind three times, dragged the game into extra time with a 94th-minute penalty and, finally, booked their place in the quarter-finals by the odd goal in nine... Chelsea, on the balance of play, deserved to go through. They, like United, were guilty of some terrible defending at times, but they had subjected their opponents to some draining second-half pressure after Nani made it 3-2 just before the hour. It was difficult thereafter to keep count of the number of chances they accumulated before the late flurry of goals that culminated with Ramires eventually putting in Chelsea's fifth, going round Lindegaard after some lovely play from Hazard. Even then, there was another late twist at the other end as César Azpilicueta fouled Javier Hernández to give away the third penalty of the match. Ryan Giggs completed the scoring on a night of drama, excitement and intrigue, but very little in terms of organised defending.

Elsewhere in The Guardian, the paper claims "United fans outwit[ted] Chelsea" on the terraces. Richard Williams writes: "After the rancorous atmosphere that overtook Sunday's match, it was good to hear some humour at the Bridge, even if it was all one way until the 94th minute, when Eden Hazard's penalty sent the tie into extra time."

Away from last night's match, the Daily Mail report United have joined the long list of clubs scouting Crystal Palace forward Wilfred Zaha.

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