Antonio Valencia on the ball with Chelsea's second goalscorer Ramires in pursuit

Man United   2

Hernandez (5), Rooney (11)

Chelsea   2

Hazard (59), Ramires (68)

Sunday 10 March Old Trafford | Attendance: 75,196

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Man United
1De Gea
2Rafael
5Ferdinand
6Evans
3Evra
17Nanisub7
16Carrick
23Cleverley
26Kagawasub19
10Rooneygoal
14Hernandezgoalsub20
Subs:
40Amos
15Vidic
8Anderson
7Valenciasub17
18Young
19Welbecksub26
20van Persiesub14
Chelsea
1Cech
28Azpilicuetayellow card
4Luizyellow card
24Cahill
3Cole
13Mosessub17
7Ramiresgoal
10Mata
8Lampardsub12
11Oscar
29Basub9
Subs:
22Turnbull
2Ivanovic
9Torressub29
26Terry
12Mikel Obisub8
17Hazardsub13goalyellow card
34Bertrand

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10/03/2013 18:28, Report by Steve Bartram
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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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