Chelsea vs. Manchester City: FA Cup Semifinal Live Score, Highlights, Recap
Chelsea 1-2 Manchester City, Wembley Stadium, Full Time
Manchester City maintained an impressive run against Chelsea this season, easing the reigning FA Cup champions out of the tournament and booking their spot in the final against Wigan Athletic.
Goals from Nasri and Aguero put the Citizens 2-0 ahead, and even though Demba Ba's second half finish started an admirable rebellion, Chelsea's efforts ultimately counted for nought.
Chelsea Scorer: Ba (67')
Manchester City Scorers: Nasri (35'), Aguero (47')
Manchester City knock out defending FA Cup champions and will face Wigan at Wembley in a month's time looking to add silverware to their cabinet once again.
Chelsea's second half fightback was applaudable but Rafa Benitez's side ultimately took too long to click into gear, failing to come back from a two-goal deficit in time.
90'+4—CHE 1-2 MCI
Eden Hazard is incredibly wasteful and instead of holding onto the ball, being patient in his side's build-up, the Belgian international fires miles over from 24 yards out.
Immature play, starlet or not.
90'+3—CHE 1-2 MCI
We're into the final two minutes of our four minutes added time.
90'+1—CHE 1-2 MCI
Manchester City should have three after Yaya Toure pushes forward once again, driving down to Cech's right byline, pulling his cross back just too far for Aguero to get any threatening connection on goal.
90'—CHE 1-2 MCI
A most strange defensive battle breaks out in the Chelsea half as Oscar, Mata and Azpilicueta need to team together in order to restrain Sergio Aguero's efforts.
The three of them just about make out with the ball..
88'—CHE 1-2 MCI
Big shouts for a Chelsea penalty ring out after Vincent Kompany is accused of pulling Fernando Torres back just as he was surging through on the City goal.
Replays show that Kompany was holding the Blues forward, but Chris Foy couldn't possibly have picked up on it from his angle.
87'—SUBSTITUTE (Manchester City)
Samir Nasri, who opened the scoring today, makes his way for Joleon Lescott to give City some defensive strength in these last few minutes.
85'—CHE 1-2 MCI
Aguero goes down under a Fernando Torres challenge that just sees the Spaniard catch his opponent's ankle with the studs.
Torres escapes any caution.
Aguero's ugly challenge on David Luiz might get a few mentions— Henry Winter (@henrywinter) April 14, 2013
82'—CHE 1-2 MCI
Sergio Aguero's a lucky boy.
Chris Foy doesn't see it properly and there's no card awarded but the Argentine stamps on David Luiz with two feet raised just as his Brazilian opponent attempts to get away with the ball.
Should the official have caught him, that's easily a red card offence.
81'—CHE 1-2 MCI
Yaya Toure's latest foray forward ends with his touching his shot just a shade wide of Petr Cech's left post but the Ivorian's feels he was clipped on the edge of the box and demands a free-kick for his troubles.
Despite his objections, the call goes ignored.
79'—YELLOW CARD (Kompany)
Vincent Kompany is the latest to enter the book after Chris Foy judges the Belgian to have impeded his opponent illegally, not more than 25 yards out from his own goal.
77'—CHE 1-2 MCI
If Manchester City are to regain a more dominant stance in this fixture, it's clear Yaya TOure will be involved in some regard.
The towering midfielder is currently running the show for the Citizens, providing a spearhead in attack and an equally reliable figure in defence.
75'—CHE 1-2 MCI
Momentum sure is a wonderful thing.
The goal has completely shifted the power balance in this fixture and it's now CHelsea that are enjoying the majority of possession and pressure.
73'—SUBSTITUTE (Manchester City)
Carlos Tevez is withdrawn from the fray so that Javi Garcia can have a more rounded impact on affairs.
And just like that, Manchester City's lead is looking altogether more uncertain.
The Chelsea goal has completely changed matters and after a half of non-activity, Costel Pantilimon is being forced to earn his paycheck, most recently stopping a close-range Demba Ba shot.
Demba Ba adds another acrobatic volley to his collection and yanks Chelsea back into this matchup.
David Luiz plunges a very hopeful ball deep into enemy territory and it only bounces once before Ba's 15-yard bicycle kick turns it past a helpless Costel Pantilimon.
A change in attacking intent, Fernando Torres on for Mikel.
64'—CHE 0-2 MCI
Eden Hazard shows his frustration and sums up the general outlook of the Chelsea squad at the moment, firing high and unhandsomely over Pantilimon's bar.
Chelsea really struggling to breach a stern City back-line.
62'—CHE 0-2 MCI
With 30 minutes left, we should be seeing some changes from both sides pretty soon..
59'—CHE 0-2 MCI
David Luiz wins Chelsea a corner near the right corner flag after being hounded down by Pablo Zabaleta but Mata's set-piece is claimed easily by the tall frame of Costel Pantilimon.
57'—CHE 0-2 MCI
Oscar gets a shot in on goal from just outside the Manchester City bow and there's still hope for some pressure after it's deflected high into the air, but Kompany shows his quality, heading the ball in the opposite direction to that which he's facing, easing the burden on his defence.
Just as he did last season, the Belgian is again leading his men to silverware this time around.
54'—CHE 0-2 MCI
The City supporters begin to break out the "Ole!" as their side pass the ball about with relative ease.
Chelsea win the ball back but it's only for a matter of seconds as the City defence quickly dispossess the Blues and begin their attack anew.
City aren't resting on their two-goal lead here..
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