Manchester United fought back from three goals down to draw 3-3 with Chelsea in a thrilling English Premier League football match at Stamford Bridge last night.
Two penalties from Wayne Rooney and a header by Javier Hernandez kept the champions in touch with leaders Manchester City after Chelsea had built a 3-0 lead after 51 minutes through an own goal by Jonny Evans, a scorching left-foot volley from Juan Mata and a David Luiz header.
But United, who dominated most of the first half, struck back with two penalties from Wayne Rooney after 58 and 69 minutes and Hernandez powered in a header seven minutes from time after Cech had saved a Rooney shot.
The result left Manchester City two points clear of United at the top of the table with 57 points, both teams having played 24 games.
Chelsea, without injured skipper John Terry, midfielder Frank Lampard and the suspended Ashley Cole, stayed in fourth place on 43 points, six behind Tottenham Hotspur who play at Liverpool today.
In an earlier match, substitute Papiss Cissé scored on his debut to give Newcastle United a 2-1 win over Aston Villa yesterday and push the hosts up to fifth in the Premier League.
Fellow Senegalese Demba Ba picked up where he left off before heading to the African Nations Cup by scoring another goal, firing in on 30 minutes after teammate Ryan Taylor had been injured in the box.
Taylor’s treatment led to substantial first-half injury time and Villa used it to their advantage, Robbie Keane netting his 150th English league goal and third since joining on loan from Los Angeles Galaxy.
Cissé, who came on for the injured Leon Best after 14 minutes, won the game midway through the second
half with a shot from the edge of the area as the Newcastle faithful immediately took the former Freiburg striker to their hearts.