Julian Finney

FA Cup 2013 quarterfinals: Chelsea earns a replay with stunning comeback against Manchester United

Ramires and Eden Hazard have earned Chelsea an FA Cup replay against Manchester United. The Red Devils went 2-0 up early, but the Blues were brilliant in the second half.

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FA Cup semifinal draw

The FA Cup final will feature a massive underdog against a giant. The winner of the Manchester United - Chelsea replay will take on Manchester City, while the Millwall - Blackburn winner will face Wigan.


Chelsea hit back to force United replay

Chelsea completed an unlikely comeback after going 2-0 down at Old Trafford, and the two sides will now meet in a replay at Stamford Bridge.


Ramires ties the match at 2-2

Update - Match Report: Manchester United 2-2 Chelsea, final score.

Chelsea have tied things up in the 68th minute thanks to Ramires and some excellent build-up play from Demba Ba and Eden Hazard.

Ba started the play in the midfield holding the ball up nicely and allowing his teammates to join the attack. Ba found Eden Hazard in the middle of the pitch who immediately moved the ball wide to Ramires who was running down the right wing.

Ramires appeared to have run himself out of a chance but he made a quick cut inside that froze Manchester United defender Jonny Evans. Ramires jumped inside of Evans and sent a low shot into the far corner past David De Gea.

Eden Hazard has changed the game and after it looked like United were rolling to an easy win, we're suddenly tied up at 2-2 with 20 minutes left to play at Old Trafford.

Can anyone find a winner or are we heading towards a replay at Stamford Bridge?


Eden Hazard has Chelsea back in the match at 2-1

Update - Match Report: Manchester United 2-2 Chelsea, final score.

Eden Hazard has Chelsea back in the match after a lovely curling shot has move the Blues to within a goal at 2-1.

Five minutes into the second half and Chelsea simply couldn't get out of their own defensive zone. Every pass seemed to be intercepted or mis-hit and when the ball did cross midfield, it was from a long bombing ball just meant to clear the pressure.

Rafa Benitez wasted no more time making a double substitution replacing Frank Lampard with Jon Obi Mikel and Victor Moses with Eden Hazard. Not sure why replacing Lampard with a more defensive minded midfielder like Obi Mikel is the best move in this situation but since I have no desire to try and understand what Rafa Benitez is thinking, I'm just gonna go with it. Hazard on the other hand is pretty good so I'll support that move.

The change helped.

In the 59th minute Eden Hazard picked up the ball on the edge of the United area and for whatever reason, was not closed down. Hazard took aim and sent his shot into the top corner of the goal, beating David De Gea.

The goal forced Sir Alex Ferugson's hand as he wasted little time in replacing Javier Hernandez with Robin Van Persie.

30 minutes left to play and suddenly we have a game.


Cech better check himself after a rough first half

Javier Hernandez and Wayne Rooney have staked Manchester United to a 2-0 halftime lead at Old Trafford.


20 minutes without a goal? Pssh. Slackers.

After Manchester United scores two goals in the opening ten minutes of the match, we've now gone 20 minutes without a goal.


To the Blues' credit, they haven't quit on the game and have managed to get some pressure on the United defense after the horrible start.

Easily their best chance of the game up to this point came in the 22nd minute when Frank Lampard got free in between two United defenders at the top of the box and re-directed an excellent short pass from Juan Mata right at David de Gea.

United weren't sitting back either though and came close again in the 23rd minute. Nani's low cross in from the right found Chicharito making a run at the post. The Mexican striker had position but couldn't get his shot on target, sending the ball well wide of Petr Cech's goal.

With 15 minutes to play until halftime it's clear that Chelsea are going to need their midfield to both hold on to the ball more and give time for Demba Ba to actually set-up and attack. As it is, United are taking Chelsea's lone striker out of the game and when he does get the ball, he's being forced to take fairly pedestrian shots from distance.


Rooney free kick makes it 2-0 United

Wayne Rooney's 10th minute free kick managed to miss everyone in the box, including Petr Cech and the rout is seemingly on at Old Trafford.

Nani was taken down on the left edge of the Chelsea penalty area, giving United a dangerous set piece opportunity. Wayne Rooney's free kick wasn't anything particularly amazing, but it was well placed at the far post and managed to find its way past several Chelsea player's heads and into the net.

Again Petr Cech looked extremely poor, getting himself in completely the wrong place as the ball was clearly going wide and he remained stuck in the center of the goal. It's possible he was expecting one of his defenders to head the ball away but by the time he finally reacted, it was too late.

What a start for United and unless Chelsea can turn things around quickly, the defending FA Cup champions look to be on their way out.


Chicharito has United ahead early

Lovely start for Manchester United in their FA Cup match against Chelsea as Chicharito and Michael Carrick combined to give United the early lead.

Michael Carrick was given far too much time to sit on the ball and his patience paid off when he found Javier Hernadez lurking at the near post. Carrick's floating long ball was headed by Chicharito in a high, looping pattern that spun around Petr Cech and into the net to put United ahead 1-0 in the 6th minute.

Cech deserves some criticism for the goal though as he inexplicably tried to charge at Chicharito despite the fact he had a defender already there covering. If Cech had been deeper he likely would have had enough time to react to the header as it wasn't a high speed attempt.

Either way, it's a bad start of Chelsea and another strike against the Interim One as the Blues are in an early hole at Old Trafford.


Millwall and Blackburn in predictable 0-0 draw

Well, that was quite predictable.


Manchester United vs. Chelsea: Lineups

Wayne Rooney returns to the Manchester United starting eleven, partnering Javier Hernandez in attack, while Demba Ba starts up front for Chelsea.


Millwall vs. Blackburn Rovers: Lineups

Leon Best makes his first start for Blackburn Rovers as they take on Millwall in the FA Cup quarter-final.

The striker had not played for Rovers until recently after injuring himself after completing his £3m move from Newcastle United, but starts alongside Jordan Rhodes up front for Rovers today. David Bentley, Joshua King and Morten Gamst Pedersen will be providing support from midfield.

Meanwhile, Millwall send out a very bizarre lineup, with Jack Smith making his first start for some time in midfield, and Rob Hulse returning to the side after injury. Nadjim Abdou is also surprisingly dropped despite his good recent form.

Millwall starting lineup (4-4-2): David Forde; Alan Dunne, Danny Shittu, Mark Beevers, Shane Lowry; Jack Smith, Liam Trotter, Chris Taylor, Dany N’Guessan; Andy Keogh, Rob Hulse

Blackburn starting lineup (4-4-2): Jake Kean; Adam Henley, Scott Dann, Grant Hanley, Martin Olsson; David Bentley, Jason Lowe, Morten Gamst Pedersen, Joshua King; Leon Best, Jordan Rhodes.


Millwall and Blackburn compete for Wembley spot

Millwall have a great opportunity to relive their 2004 run as they host struggling, injury-plagued Blackburn Rovers in an FA Cup quarter-final.


United and Chelsea prepare for FA Cup showdown

Manchester United face Chelsea as the Red Devils bid to win the double and the Blues face up to one of their two remaining hopes for silverware.


Tykes routed in Manchester

No upset here: Carlos Tevez got a hattrick as Manchester City advanced to the FA cup semifinal with a 5-0 win against Barnsley.


Wigan off to Wembley after thumping Everton

Wigan Athletic blew Everton away in a three-minute first-half spell as Roberto Martinez's side booked a trip to Wembley for an FA Cup Semi-Final.


Mancini looking to avoid upset against Barnsley

Manchester City take on Barnsley in what should be a comfortable win for the Citizens on paper, but Roberto Mancini has warned his side to remember Arsenal's woes against Bradford.


Chelsea go to Old Trafford in FA Cup's best tie

The best tie of the quarterfinal round is clearly Manchester United - Chelsea. In fact, the other three are seriously lacking in intrigue.

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