FA Cup: Chelsea force replay against Manchester United

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Manchester, Mar 11: Chelsea came back to earn a 2-2 draw against Manchester United at Old Trafford.

Chelsea manager Rafa Benitez wasn't welcomed very well at Old Trafford. The Spaniard is not well known amongst Manchester United supporters but Chelsea fans mocked their very own interim manager, but Benitez's second-half substitutions turned the game around for the Blues.

FA Cup: Manchester United 2-2 Chelsea

Benitez did not expect his side to go two goals down in 11 minutes and leaving talisman and captain John Terry out was a major decision for the manager. But two substitutions turned the game around for Chelsea as Eden Hazard and John Obi Mikel were introduced.

United went ahead with Javier Hernandez close range header and Wayne Rooney doubled the lead six minutes later as his free kick beats everyone in the box and find its way into the back of net.

The 52nd minute substitution of Frank Lampard did not go well with the fans as they chanted "You don't know what you're doing", but they did not know these tactics would bring Chelsea back in the game.

Chelsea were a better team after the tactical changes and dominated till the final minute of the game as United sat back soaked the pressure. Eden Hazard pulled one back with a superb curler passes David De Gea just 7 minutes after his introduction.

Brazilian Ramirez was given more freedom to move forward with Mikel adding more stability in midfield. Chelsea were rewarded with the equaliser after Rooney lost the ball deep in the opposition half as United were beaten with a perfect counter attack which ended with Ramirez finishing in the bottom corner.

Chelsea were close to snatch the winner but De Gea kicked out fellow Spaniard Juan Mata's shot.

OneIndia News

Story first published: Monday, March 11, 2013, 13:48 [IST]
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