And we’re off!
3rd minute great ping from 25yards out.
4th minute great piece of skill from Pato has Cole looking for any dignity and forces Cech to smother the cross
5th minute Drogba fans on a gift cross from Anelka on the near post with the nod
7th GOOOAALLLL!! Drogba lasers one into the top left corner from about 35 yards out. Apparently they gave Terry the assist. Christmas comes early to the Terry household.
9th was Seedorf mugged? Check Mikel Obi for a wallet.
12th another probing cross from Zhirkov goes begging on the far post
13th my fingers are starting to cramp. Can someone tell these guys to slow it down a bit? Or for AC to stop forcing it?
15th AC looked menacing and Petr Cech, resplendent in road cone orange snuffs it out. What the heck is Didier Drogba doing tackling anyone much less someone in his own half?
19th Ronaldinho loses a hair band ((or hair) and has nothing to do with the searching ball forward that results in a corner
20th from the resulting corner two great opportunities first form and then the acrobatic bicycle from Ronaldinho that is knocked away off the face of his own player Boriello
22nd Anelka still has the wheels and gives AC keeper fits on a through ball that he barely gets his fingertips to stymie the speedy French striker.
26th Mikel Obi taking his finals for his butcher’s license makes a strong case by tugging Seedorf down messily.
28th uncharacteristically Lampard chooses not to have a dig from 20 out.
29th Seedorf hits the crossbar on what looked like Boriello’s last dance in an AC uniform. The old man still has it.
35th settled into the usual parry and thrust that this type of titanic clash
35th and just like that Flamini gets a yellow card. The match’s first. Surprisingly on Mikel Obi
38 GOOOOOAALLLL. Clarence Seedorf wellies it from 22 out off Roanldinho’s set up. Isaid it before – the old man is too nice. Now we’ve got a game on our hands again
40th through ball from Drogba beats every one and Zhirkov tries to sweep up the rubbish but is blocked by Oddo.
42nd things heating up a bit with a sloppy challenge by Ivanovich on Pirlo
43rd good corner by Ronaldinho headed wide
43rd Bosingwa has a dig from about 3 kilometers off. Why not son, why not
1 minute added on
And that’s it 1-1 at the end of a fantastic half