Manchester United 1-1 Chelsea: Van Persie’s late, late equalizer thwarts Blues (video)


MANCHESTER – Robin van Persie equalized deep into stoppage time as Manchester United rescued a dramatic late point against Chelsea at Old Trafford on Sunday in a 1-1 draw.

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Chelsea took the lead through Didier Drogba’s powerful header just after half time, which looked to be sending Mourinho’s side six-points clear at the top of the Premier League standings. However, after Branislav Ivanovic conceded a free kick in the left corner, and was shown a second yellow card for his troubles, Angel Di Maria whipped in a great ball which RVP smashed home in stoppage time to send the home fans wild.

After this draw Chelsea still remain top of the table and are unbeaten in nine, while United are in eighth place on 13 points.

Early on United got the home crowd going as Di Maria launched a lightning-quick counter attack which resulted in Marouane Fellaini having his shot blocked in the six-yard box and then Di Maria volleying over from 12-yards out. Chelsea showed plenty of poise on the ball in the opening exchanges, with Cesc Fabregas, Oscar and Eden Hazard getting into their stride as Drogba caused United’s central defensive duo of Marcos Rojo and Chris Smalling plenty of problems with his hold up play. Rafael and Drogba were booked, as the game started at a frantic pace.

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The first clear cut chance of the game arrived in the 22nd minute as Adnan Januzaj raced clear and slotted a perfect ball through to van Persie but the Dutchman’s shot was blocked by Thibaut Courtois and moments later Chelsea’s ‘keeper denied RVP’s header as United pushed for the opener. But then United start to cause problems for themselves as first Rojo, then Blind, gave the ball away in bad spots as Chelsea pressed high up the pitch. That led to Cesc Fabregas whipping in a great free kick to the back post which saw Smalling and Branislav Ivanovic colliding at the and the latter fell to the ground claiming a PK. Referee Phil Dowd wasn’t having any of it.

Just before the break both teams came close to the opener as first Drogba was denied by a great low stop from David De Gea, then Januzaj smashed a superb effort into the side-netting as the score was 0-0 at the break.

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In the second half United started brightly as RVP teed up Fellaini but the big Belgian hammered his effort wide of the post under pressure. Moments later De Gea made an incredible save from Hazard as the Chelsea player went clean through but United’s ‘keeper somehow blocked his shot. From that resulting corner Chelsea took the lead, with Drogba losing Rafael at the near post and powering a header home to make it 1-0 to Mourinhos’s men.

That goal unsettled United who gave the ball away carelessly on numerous occasions and Willian sent a drive towards goal which De Gea plucked out of the air. In the final half hour United went for it as van Gaal sent on young striker  James Wilson but it was Chelsea who continued to push for a second goal with Ivanovic slaloming past three players before drilling a shot wide, then Willian sent a shot just wide.

United improved late in the game with van Persie forcing Courtois into a save down low, then Januzaj dribbled an effort wide after cutting in from the right.

Late on Ivanovic was shown a second yellow card for a bad foul on Di Maria and from that free kick Fellaini’s header was saved by Courtois but van Persie was on hand to hammer home an equalizer to send Old Trafford wild. 1-1.


Manchester United: De Gea; Rafael, Smalling, Rojo Shaw; Blind, Januzaj, Mata (Wilson, 67′), Di Maria, Fellaini; Van Persie.

Goal: Van Persie (90′)

Chelsea: Courtois; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Filipe Luis; Fabregas, Matic; Willian (Zouma, 90′), Oscar (Mikel, 67′), Hazard (Schurrle, 90′); Drogba.

Goal: Drogba (53′)

VIDEO: ProSoccerTalk team unfiltered – Review, preview, Power Rankings and more

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ProSoccerTalk is now on video as well as in written format. Unleash the beast, as they say.

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Each week ProSoccerTalk writers Joe Prince-Wright, Nick Mendola and Andy Edwards will tell us what they learned from the Premier League action, rank their top five PL players based on current form, preview the upcoming weekend and handle any other news from around the soccer world.

Expect opinions, analysis and insight, as well as plenty of friendly banter along the way and maybe a beer or two…

Basically, they have these chats on their own anyway so we thought we would record them and let them loose on the Premier League, USMNT and everything in-between. This is going to be a lot of fun and a lighthearted look at all of the action from across the soccer world each week.

With JPW is based in England and heading to Premier League games and traveling to stadiums/ training grounds, plus Andy and Nick based Stateside, we will be checking in with them regularly to get their views on just about anything when it comes to Pro Soccer. Because, well, ProSoccerTalk.

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Champions League qualifying: How to watch, start times, odds

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The 12 clubs remaining in the race for the final UEFA Champions League group stage slots will be pared down to six in the next eight days.

There are American connections to two of the six ties.

Former USMNT midfielder Jesse Marsch manages Austria’s Red Bull Salzburg toward the next round, while Molde right back Henry Wingo came up with the Seattle Sounders.

VIDEO: Premier League highlights ] 

Salzburg are significant favorites to advance over two legs, odds accentuated by Maccabi Tel-Aviv’s seven players absent due to positive COVID-19 tests.

Marsch had previously said he did not want to go to Israel due to COVID-19 concerns, calling it “dangerous,” but has accepted the task at hand.

From Austrian publication Kronen Zeitung:

“The moment UEFA said we were going to play in Tel Aviv, it wasn’t a problem for me. Maccabi has a great team. We are not naive. We understand that we have to fight tomorrow.”

At 3:10 in some sportsbooks, Marsch’s men are the only club favored to win the first leg away. Salzburg is led by Dominik Szoboszlai and Patson Daka, who’ve helped the team thrive despite the sales of several stars including Erling Haaland and Takumi Minamino.

Molde has a much tougher test with Hungarian side Ferencvaros, who knocked off Celtic. That tie could go either way, while Slavia Prague and Olympiakos are respectively noticeable favorites to beat Midtjylland and Omonia Nicosia.

Dynamo Kiev will be expected to outlast Gent over two legs, while it would be a minor upset if PAOK takes down Krasnodar.

How to watch the UEFA Champions League qualifying playoff round

Kickoff: 3 pm ET Tuesday and Wednesday
Stream: CBS All-Access (subscription required)

UEFA Champions League playoff round matches

All 12 legs will kickoff at 3 pm ET between Tuesday and Sept. 30.


Maccabi Tel-Aviv 1-2 Red Bull Salzburg
Slavia Prague 0-0 Midtjylland
Krasnodar 2-1 PAOK


Gent v Dynamo Kiev
Molde v Ferencvaros
Olympiakos v Omonia

Sept. 29

Ferencvaros v Molde
Dynamo Kiev v Gent
Omonia v Olympiakos

Sept. 30

Midtjylland v Slavia Prague
PAOK v Krasnodar
Red Bull Salzburg v Maccabi Tel-Aviv

League Cup: How to watch, start times, as Premier League powers enter

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Fifteen Premier League teams eye dates in the fourth round when the League Cup returns for another September midweek.

The congested nature of the season will see some PL sides play three matches in as many weeks, though the European qualifying teams are just entering the fray this week.

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That includes Europa League sides Arsenal and Leicester City, who will stage the lone all-PL scrap of the round come Wednesday at the King Power Stadium.

Tuesday was going to see Tottenham Hotspur visit a club sponsored by Spurs striker Harry Kane, but Leyton Orient is in the news after positive COVID-19 tests have threatened to forfeit Spurs into the next round.

VIDEO: Premier League highlights ] 

Manchester United will hope to snap out of its season-opening funk when it begins its tourney Tuesday at Luton Town, while Chelsea hosts Barnsley on Wednesday.

Liverpool is off to Lincoln City on Thursday, kicking off its League Cup at the same time Manchester City welcomes Bournemouth.

Because of the aforementioned congested September in the tournament, the fourth round draw has already been held and those fixtures are at bottom of the page.

League Cup third round draw

All times ET

Leyton Orient v Tottenham Hotspur — Postponed
West Brom 2-2 Brentford – (Brentford win on penalty kicks)
Newport County 3-1 Watford 
West Ham United 5-1 Hull City
Luton Town 0-3 Manchester United 

Preston North End v Brighton — 2 pm
Millwall v Burnley — 2 pm
Fulham v Sheffield Wednesday — 2 pm
Stoke City v Gillingham — 2 pm
Chelsea v Barnsley — 2:45 pm
Leicester City v Arsenal — 2:45 pm
Fleetwood Town v Everton — 2:45 pm
Morecambe v Newcastle United — 2:45 pm

Bristol City v Aston Villa — 2 pm
Lincoln City v Liverpool — 2:45 pm
Manchester City v Bournemouth — 2:45 pm

League Cup fourth round draw

Lincoln City/Liverpool v Leicester City/Arsenal
Millwall/Burnley v Manchester City/Bournemouth
West Brom/Brentford v Fulham/Sheffield Wednesday
Fleetwood Town/Everton v West Ham United/Hull City
Bristol City/Aston Villa v Stoke City/Gillingham
Leyton Orient/Tottenham v Chelsea/Barnsley
Newport County/Watford v Morecambe/Newcastle United
Preston North End/Brighton v Luton Town/Manchester United

How to watch League Cup third round streams and start time

Kickoff: Tuesday through Thursday
Online: Select games on ESPN+
Updates: Follow League Cup scores via

Premier League player Power Rankings

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Premier League player Power Rankings are here!

Our second player Power Rankings of the 2020-21 season have arrived, as all 20 teams have played and we are coming off the highest scoring matchweek in Premier League history with 44 goals scored across the 10 games.

Simply put: it was incredibly tough to put 20 players in this list based on the crazy results across the Premier League.

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Stars from Liverpool, Tottenham, Arsenal and Everton dominate our second player Power Rankings and there are plenty of new signings who have impressed early in the season.

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Remember: this is a list of the top 20 performing players right now in the Premier League. If they didn’t play in the last matchweek, they aren’t going to be in this list!

Let us know in the comments section below if you agree with the selections.

1. Sadio Mane (Liverpool)
2. James Rodriguez (Everton)
3. Kevin de Bruyne (Man City)
4. Harry Kane (Tottenham)
5. Heung-min Son (Tottenham)
6. Fabinho (Liverpool)
7. Tariq Lamptey (Brighton)
8. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal)
9. Raul Jimenez (Wolves)
10. Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace)
11. Gabriel (Arsenal)
12. Dani Ceballos (Arsenal)
13. Mohamed Salah (Liverpool)
14. Vicente Guaita (Crystal Palace)
15. Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Everton)
16. Patrick Bamford (Leeds)
17. Timothy Castagne (Leicester)
18. Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace)
19. Andy Robertson (Liverpool)
20. Kalvin Phillips (Leeds)