10/03/2013 18:28, Report by Steve Bartram
United 2 Chelsea 2
The visitors had wrested control of the tie – aided by sloppy possession play from the Reds – and Chelsea deservedly levelled with 22 minutes remaining when a breakneck counter-attack resulted in Mata releasing Ramires into the United area. The Brazilian cut inside on his left foot and steered a clinical finish inside De Gea's upright to send the travelling support wild.
Sir Alex had already introduced Robin van Persie in place of Chicharito, and with 15 minutes remaining Kagawa made way for Danny Welbeck. Chelsea's final change was to send on Fernando Torres at the expense of Demba Ba.
Only a superb interception from Carrick prevented Torres' first touch from being a simple conversion of Hazard's pull-back, and it took another last-ditch challenge from Evans to prevent the Spaniard from drilling home with four minutes remaining.
In the final minute of normal time, the home support inside Old Trafford held its breath as Mata received the ball inside the United box and turned away from Evans. He would have sent Chelsea to Wembley but for De Gea's staggering reflex stop with his right boot.
The United stopper was called into action again in injury-time, fending away a thunderous effort from Hazard before Ashley Cole's follow-up was deflected off-target. When Howard Webb sounded the final whistle moments later, the Reds could be considered fortunate to still be in contention for a domestic Double.
Chelsea deserve plaudits for hauling themselves back into a tie in which they had appeared dead and buried, but United will rue the concession of such a handsome advantage. If the Reds are to reach Wembley and set up a mouthwatering Manchester derby in the semi-final, it will be via Stamford Bridge and an extremely tricky replay.
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