Chelsea edge cup thriller

Date published: Monday 24th August 2015 1:22

Chelsea edge cup thriller

Just four days after suffering their first Premier League defeat of the season at the hands of the same opposition – when the Reds edged a five-goal thriller – the Blues enjoyed a measure of revenge following another goalfest in west London.
However, the Blues had to come from behind three times and needed a last-gasp Eden Hazard penalty to take the match into overtime.
United were gifted an opening goal on 21 minutes when Oriol Romeu was robbed by Anderson who set up Ryan Giggs to fire a low curling left foot strike beyond the reach of keeper Petr Cech.
Yet the Blues were level from the penalty spot eight minutes later: Alexander Buttner tripped Victor Moses and David Luiz smashed the ball into the bottom left-hand corner of the net although keeper Anders Lindegaard managed to get a hand on it.
Javier Hernandez was at his predatory best to fire United back in front two minutes before half-time.
After Anderson pounced on a Luiz mistake, the Brazilian spotted Hernandez who raced clear of the home defence before slipping the ball past an advancing Cech.
Chelsea were level for a second time seven minutes after the break when Juan Mata’s corner was crisply headed home by Gary Cahill.
However, Nani superbly chipped United back in front just before the hour mark after playing a quick one-two with Anderson – who collected his third assist of the night.
And with 93 minutes on the clock, a clumsy Scott Wootton bundled over Ramires in the box and Hazard cooly slotted home Chelsea’s second penalty of the evening to take the tie into extra-time.
Wooton was also at fault when Chelsea went ahead for the first time just seven minutes into extra-time.
The youngster’s weak mis-directed header back to his keeper was gratefully gobbled up by Daniel Sturridge who made amends for his previous misses to fire Chelsea 4-3 ahead.
And four minutes from the end of extra time, Hazard set up Ramires who rounded Lindegaard to slip the ball into an empty net and put Chelsea 5-3 ahead.

Chelsea Team Statistics Manchester United 5 Goals 4 1 1st Half Goals 2 10 Shots on Target 9 15 Shots off Target 5 9 Blocked Shots 2 6 Corners 4 21 Fouls 22 3 Offsides 3 5 Yellow Cards 4 0 Red Cards 0 88.2 Passing Success 83 36 Tackles 25 75 Tackles Success 68 55.1 Possession 44.9 55.1 Territorial Advantage 44.9 659 Total Passes 534 31 Total Crosses 16 160 Lost Balls 185 73 Recoveries 73 58.6 1st Half Poss. 41.4 56.2 2nd Half Poss. 43.8

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