Chelsea 1-0 Man Utd

Demba Ba scores for Chelsea

Demba Ba's winner ended Manchester United's quest for the domestic Double and secured holders Chelsea an FA Cup semi-final against Manchester City at Wembley.

Ba's athletic finish early in the second half leaves United concentrating on winning the Premier League title - with a 20th title all but secured as they currently hold a 15-point advantage.

Chelsea's interim manager Rafael Benitez, meanwhile, was able to celebrate victory over old adversary Sir Alex Ferguson and remains in contention to win the FA Cup and Europa League.

Benitez attracted criticism for fielding a weakened side in defeat at Southampton on Saturday as they search for the top-four place that would assure Champions League football next season - but will feel a measure of vindication as this was still a win of some significance.

United were without Wayne Rooney because of a groin injury sustained on England duty and lacked some of their usual menace but it still took a save of the highest class from Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech to keep out Javier Hernandez's header as they pressed for an equaliser.

They were left to rue the carelessness that saw them cast aside a two-goal lead in the first game and will now focus on next Monday's derby with Manchester City at Old Trafford.

Chelsea's agenda shifts to the Europa League quarter-final against Rubin Kazan at Stamford Bridge on Thursday.

Inevitably, after playing only 48 hours previously, there was a somewhat unfamiliar look to both sides. As well as being without Rooney, United left Robin van Persie on the bench, although Rio Ferdinand returned in defence.

Petr Cech Javier Hernandez
Petr Cech acrobatically denies Javier Hernandez

John Terry, Frank Lampard and Fernando Torres were among the Chelsea substitutes - with attacking duties entrusted to Ba.

Eyes were trained on the respective technical areas before kick-off to see if the managers would shake hands after Benitez claimed his old rival Ferguson ignored the pre-match ritual in the Ferguson pointedly waited at the tunnel entrance and, when Benitez emerged, he took a sharp right for a brief handshake.

The quick turnaround in fixtures may have gone some way to explaining a lifeless first half, the monotony only broken by a hamstring injury to Ashley Cole, sustained in a touchline race with Danny Welbeck.

United goalkeeper David De Gea saved with his feet from Ba and Chelsea counterpart Cech did the same to deal with Hernandez's swerving effort from 25 yards.

The deadlock was broken four minutes into the second half in a moment of real quality. Juan Mata demonstrated vision to pick out Ba, who escaped from Ferdinand to hook a fine finish beyond De Gea.

United responded and it took a world-class save from Cech to deny Hernandez an equaliser. Welbeck picked out the Mexican at the far post and his header looked in all the way until Cech showed stunning reflexes to make a remarkable one-handed stop.

Van Persie was already waiting to come on and arrived seconds later for the subdued Tom Cleverley. He was soon joined by Ryan Giggs for Nani.

It was Chelsea, however, who had the next big opportunity as Eden Hazard ran through on goal following Michael Carrick's mistake. The Belgian only had De Gea to beat but pulled his finish inches wide.

Van Persie's big chance arrived from Patrice Evra's cross three minutes from time but the striker's usually sure touch deserted him and he hit a poor finish over the top.

United could not muster another clear opening and it is Chelsea who take their place at Wembley on 14 April.

Lineup, Bookings (5) & Substitutions (6)

Chelsea

  • 01 Cech
  • 02 Ivanovic
  • 03 Cole (Bertrand - 21' Booked )
  • 04 Luiz
  • 28 Azpilicueta Booked
  • 07 Ramires
  • 10 Mata Booked
  • 11 Oscar Booked (Moses - 90' )
  • 12 Mikel
  • 17 Hazard
  • 29 Ba (Torres - 90' )

Substitutes

  • 22 Turnbull
  • 26 Terry
  • 34 Bertrand
  • 08 Lampard
  • 13 Moses
  • 30 Benayoun
  • 09 Torres

Man Utd

  • 01 De Gea
  • 03 Evra
  • 04 Jones
  • 05 Ferdinand
  • 12 Smalling
  • 07 Valencia
  • 16 Carrick
  • 17 Nani (Giggs - 65' )
  • 23 Cleverley Booked (Van Persie - 61' )
  • 14 Hernandez
  • 19 Welbeck (Young - 80' )

Substitutes

  • 13 Lindegaard
  • 36 Vermijl
  • 11 Giggs
  • 18 Young
  • 25 Powell
  • 26 Kagawa
  • 20 Van Persie
Ref: Dowd
Att: 40,704

Match Stats

Shots

19 9

On target

8 3

Corners

3 2

Fouls

12 9

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:54 Full time

Full Time The referee brings the game to a close.

90:00 +2:38 Substitution

Substitution Fernando Torres joins the action as a substitute, replacing Demba Ba.

90:00 +2:13

Robin van Persie has a header from deep inside the six-yard box and clears the crossbar.

90:00 +0:34 Substitution

Substitution Victor Moses joins the action as a substitute, replacing Emboaba Oscar.

90:00 +0:09

Close range header by Javier Hernandez misses to the right of the target.

89:22

The free kick is delivered right-footed by Ashley Young from left channel.

89:22 Booking

Booking Emboaba Oscar goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.

89:11

Free kick awarded for a foul by Emboaba Oscar on Ashley Young.

88:34

Free kick taken by Phil Jones.

88:34 Booking

Booking Juan Mata receives a caution for unsporting behaviour.

88:29

Juan Mata challenges Antonio Valencia unfairly and gives away a free kick.

88:18

Juan Mata takes a shot. Save by David De Gea.

87:13

Shot from deep inside the area by Robin van Persie clears the crossbar.

85:35

Demba Ba challenges Chris Smalling unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by David De Gea.

84:55

Phil Jones concedes a free kick for a foul on Emboaba Oscar. Emboaba Oscar restarts play with the free kick.

84:01

Shot by Emboaba Oscar from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the target.

80:40

Juan Mata has a shot on goal from outside the area which misses right.

79:13 Substitution

Substitution Danny Welbeck leaves the field to be replaced by Ashley Young.

77:10

Effort on goal by Juan Mata from just inside the area clears the crossbar.

76:34

Free kick awarded for a foul by Demba Ba on Patrice Evra. Direct free kick taken by Ryan Giggs.

76:14

Direct free kick taken by Patrice Evra.

76:14 Booking

Booking Cesar Azpilicueta is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour.

76:09

Foul by Cesar Azpilicueta on Danny Welbeck, free kick awarded.

75:28

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Cesar Azpilicueta by Danny Welbeck. Petr Cech takes the free kick.

73:50

Antonio Valencia has an effort at goal from outside the box which goes wide right of the goal.

72:24

Effort from outside the penalty box by Nascimento Ramires goes wide right of the target.

71:36

Corner from the left by-line taken by Juan Mata, Phil Jones makes a clearance.

67:32

Mikel takes a shot from just outside the penalty area which clears the crossbar.

66:58

Eden Hazard produces a left-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.

65:56

Shot from outside the box by Michael Carrick misses to the left of the goal.

65:20

The official flags Demba Ba offside. David De Gea takes the indirect free kick.

64:08

David Luiz takes the free kick.

64:08 Substitution

Substitution Luis Nani goes off and Ryan Giggs comes on.

64:08

The assistant referee flags for offside against Javier Hernandez.

62:28

Juan Mata produces a left-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand upright.

60:34

Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Luis Nani, clearance by Emboaba Oscar.

60:29 Substitution

Substitution Tom Cleverley leaves the field to be replaced by Robin van Persie.

60:07

Danny Welbeck produces a cross, Javier Hernandez takes a shot. Save by Petr Cech.

59:15

Direct free kick taken by Antonio Valencia.

59:15 Booking

Booking Booking for Ryan Bertrand.

59:05

Danny Welbeck fouled by Ryan Bertrand, the ref awards a free kick.

58:09

Eden Hazard fouled by Antonio Valencia, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed left-footed by Juan Mata, Danny Welbeck makes a clearance.

56:34

Shot from just outside the penalty area by Juan Mata misses to the left of the target.

56:00

The referee penalises Danny Welbeck for handball. Petr Cech restarts play with the free kick.

54:57

Luis Nani takes a shot. Nascimento Ramires gets a block in.

53:44

Mikel takes the direct free kick.

53:44 Booking

Booking Tom Cleverley goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.

53:32

Unfair challenge on Nascimento Ramires by Tom Cleverley results in a free kick.

51:04

Eden Hazard fouled by Antonio Valencia, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by David Luiz.

48:31

Assist on the goal came from Juan Mata.

48:31 Goal scored

Goal! - Demba Ba - Chelsea 1 - 0 Man Utd Demba Ba gets on the score sheet with a goal from inside the box to the top left corner of the goal. Chelsea 1-0 Man Utd.

47:07

Demba Ba takes a shot. Save by David De Gea.

45:23

David Luiz challenges Phil Jones unfairly and gives away a free kick. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Luis Nani, Branislav Ivanovic gets a block in.

45:01

The second half has started.

45:00 +1:34 Half time

Half Time The referee calls an end to the first half.

45:00 +1:03

Inswinging corner taken by Juan Mata from the right by-line, save by David De Gea.

45:00 +0:44

Mikel takes a shot. Chris Smalling gets a block in.

43:44

Luis Nani takes the outswinging corner, clearance by David Luiz.

42:54

Free kick awarded for a foul by Nascimento Ramires on Phil Jones. Luis Nani takes the direct free kick.

40:47

Unfair challenge on Eden Hazard by Luis Nani results in a free kick. David Luiz restarts play with the free kick.

40:17

Javier Hernandez takes a shot. Save by Petr Cech.

39:37

Free kick awarded for a foul by Patrice Evra on Emboaba Oscar. Free kick crossed by Juan Mata, save made by David De Gea.

38:05

Effort on goal by Eden Hazard from deep inside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.

37:22

Luis Nani takes a shot from long distance which goes wide of the right-hand post.

36:17

Nascimento Ramires takes a shot. Save by David De Gea.

35:46

Corner taken by Eden Hazard played to the near post, Michael Carrick manages to make a clearance.

32:38

The referee penalises Luis Nani for handball. David Luiz has an effort direct from the free kick.

32:12

Demba Ba takes a shot. Chris Smalling gets a block in.

30:41

Demba Ba takes a shot. Save by David De Gea.

28:55

Unfair challenge on Phil Jones by Mikel results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Antonio Valencia.

27:08

Cesar Azpilicueta challenges Tom Cleverley unfairly and gives away a free kick. Luis Nani crosses the ball in from the free kick, save made by Petr Cech.

20:56 Substitution

Substitution Ashley Cole goes off and Ryan Bertrand comes on.

18:28

Nascimento Ramires is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Patrice Evra restarts play with the free kick.

16:10

Chris Smalling challenges Demba Ba unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Mikel.

15:01

Free kick awarded for a foul by David Luiz on Danny Welbeck. Direct free kick taken by Luis Nani.

14:47

Eden Hazard takes a shot. Chris Smalling gets a block in.

14:05

Javier Hernandez challenges Eden Hazard unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by David Luiz.

4:08

Foul by Mikel on Phil Jones, free kick awarded. Michael Carrick takes the free kick.

3:49

Mikel takes a shot. Chris Smalling gets a block in.

0:00

The referee gets the game started.

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