Monday, April 1, 2013

Chelsea ends manchester united's FA cup run

   Rafael Benitez's chelsea team  did the unthinkable by beating Manchester United. Manchester City are waiting at Wembley however and its open for debate if they can beat them also. Chelsea ended Manchester United's dream of the FA Cup in a quite dominant footballing display.
Ba Celebrating his Goal

The Chelsea Messiah
 A Brilliant Demba Ba volley, a moment of individual talent was the difference between the two heavyweights as chelsea triumphed 1-0 in the quarter-final replay.
Petr Cech's extra-terrestrial display still makes him number one shot stopper for me. The save that denied Javier Hernandez an equaliser midway through the second half was the height of it. Both managers made changes to the teams that started in league clashes a couple of days back.
Sir Alex brought in seven new players to Chelsea's six, Wayne Rooney was however not one of them. David De Gea, Chris Smalling, Michael Carrick and Antonio Valencia were the only United players to start both Saturday’s 1-0 win at Sunderland and then today's.
Rafa dropped John Terry, Lampard and Torres as he reshuffled his attack, Ramires, Mata, Hazard and Demba Ba returned to the team, along with David Luiz and Ashley Cole who later had to be substituted due to a hamstring injury and was replaced by Ryan Bertrand.
Rio was jeered by the home fans at the end of the warm up and whenever he touched the ball during the match.

The large United contingent responded on nearly every occasion with chants of ‘Rio, Rio, Rio’.
Phil Jones anchored alongside Carrick, Tom Cleverely played on the left of midfield and Antonio Valencia was at right-back with Nani in front of him as both sides struggled to settle into a rhythm.
It took about thirty minutes for the game’s first real opening, which came when Hazard played in Ba on the right. The striker shot was directed powerfully to De Gea’s near post, but the United keeper was alert and ready to save. Hazard looked the most likely player to make something happen. Running with the ball from the left, he easily went past Jones and shared a one-two with Oscar before hitting his shot shyly over the bar.
Petr Cech nearly became the victim of a Javier Hernandez long-ranger, but the captain’s panties were saved by his out-stretched right leg. Chelsea had ended the first period in charge as they had ended the first leg where they leveled up the scores from two goals down and took the lead early in the second through a beautifully constructed goal that blew the doubters off what had been a normal chelsea match.
Mata had few options when he picked up the ball in a centre area in the middle of the United half, the Spaniard known for his quick feet  picked out Ba’s run with a perfectly weighted chipped pass. Ba's first-time hooked finish on the volley stunned De Gea as he put Chelsea ahead for the first time in the two-legged tie. United typically came to life as Hernandez inspired one of the saves of the season from Cech with a diving header. Nani flopped again this season and a double substituton of Van persie and Giggs.came on to replace him and cleverly but the cup was already gone. Hazard after 67 minutes burst into the penalty area thanks to a mistake from Carrick only to shoot a yard wide of the post.
The hosts huffed and puffed but their finishing did not match their build up play as time and time again chances went begging.

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