Goal of the day: Juan Mata (Chelsea) vs Man United | inside World Soccer

Juan Mata scored a scorching volley as Chelsea threw a three-goal lead to draw with Manchester United in one of the games of the season at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

Chelsea player Juan Mata celebrates after scoring against Manchester United
Chelsea player Juan Mata celebrates after scoring against Manchester United

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The Blues went ahead nine minutes before half-time when Jonny Evans put through his own goal following clever work by Daniel Sturridge.

Chelsea then doubled the advantage with a contender for goal of the season from Mata 25 seconds into the second half.

Fernando Torres got the ball in space on the right flank, and picked out Mata with a pin-point cross before the Spain international rifled home a sumptuous volley that threatened to rip the netting out of David de Gea's goal.

And just five minutes later, the home side had a third, after Mata's free-kick was flicked on by David Luiz and turned home by Rio Ferdinand's shoulder.

But Wayne Rooney finally sparked United into life with two penalties midway through the second half and the champions' frenzied pressure was rewarded when substitute Javier Hernández rescued a point with a header six minutes from time.


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