Sweet Revenge: Chelsea 5-4 United

Match Report: Chelsea 5-4 United

Chelsea started the match off as they always do now, controlling much of the possession. United were happy to sit back and let Chelsea play their game. David Luiz had an early chance at goal but ended up skying his effort. Luiz was involved once again a little later when he played a ball for Bertrand but the ball was beyond the left-back’s reach. However, the best chance for an opening goal came to Daniel Sturridge when he was put through by Moses. However, he lost his footing and the chance went begging. Romeu went into the book with 12 minutes played but the free-kick wasn’t a threatening one. 7 minutes later, United were awarded another free-kick which went wide. However, they scored from the resulting goal-kick. Cech played a pass to Romeu who got caught in possession right outside the area and Giggs scored. 1-0 to United. It didn’t take long for Chelsea to equalize. 9 mins later, Moses was brought down inside the penalty box and David Luiz converted the resulting penalty. With Chelsea now looking threatening, United scored again in the 42nd minute when a misplaced pass from Luiz led to Hernandez being put through on goal. the first half ended 2-1.

Chelsea brought on Ramires in the beginning of the second half to replace Mikel and add more energy to the midfield. In the 51st minute, Chelsea won a corner that resulted in a goal. Juan Mata’s delivery was met by Gary Cahill and despite Rafael’s best attempts to clear it, the goal was correctly allowed to stand. 2-2 now Another change was made soon with Hazard coming on for Piazon. However, Chelsea conceded yet again when Nani ran around our non-existent defence and gave United the lead. In search of yet another equalizer, Chelsea went all out. Moses should have scored from a Hazard cross after the Belgian played a short corner with Mata, but the header went over. Minutes later Azpilicueta should have scored when the ball arrived at his head. He was unmarked, but the ball went over again. Di Matteo decided to go all out and brought on Oscar for Romeu. A flurry of chances were missed by and a Chelsea loss seemed imminent. However, Ramires won a penalty in stoppage time that was duly converted by Hazard. 3-3 now. Extra time.

First half (ET)

Chelsea started the first half positively, with Sturridge shooting twice but not managing to find a way past Lindergaard. However, he was not to be denied when a defensive error from Keane put him clean through on goal. He went around the keeper and calmly slotted the ball home. Chelsea had the lead for the first time in the match with the score at 4-3. Chelsea were now in control and dominating the game, but another goal was needed to seal the game. Sturridge won a free-kick that was taken by Luiz, but the Brazilian defender hit the crossbar with his effort. The first half ended Chelsea 4-3 United.

Second half

Chelsea were still looking for another goal and Sturridge nearly scored again but his shot went over. Moses had a chance to finish the game when he was one-on-one with Lindergaard but he couldn’t convert. United were looking threatening at the other end, and a Ryan Giggs free-kick resulted in a corner. However, Hazard had a chance to break and he took it with both hands, eventually passing to Ramires who went around Lindergaard and scored. 5-3 now to Chelsea, and surely game over. However, that wasn’t the case. United managed to win a last-minute penalty that Giggs duly converted. But there wasn’t enough time for United to find an equalizer and Chelsea ran out 5-4 winners.

We drew Leeds United (away) in the quarter-finals of the Capital One Cup. This may be an understatement, but this game will be huge….

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