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Played
October 31, 2012 7:45 PM GMT
Stamford Bridge — London
Referee:‬ L. Mason‎
Attendance:‬ 41126‎
 
31′ (PG) David Luiz
Ryan Giggs 22′
52′ Gary Cahill
90+4′ (PG) Eden Hazard
Nani 59′
Ryan Giggs 120′ (PG)
116′ Ramires
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Chelsea 5-4 Manchester United (aet)

An injury-time Eden Hazard penalty sees the Blues come from behind to record a brilliant victory that knocks the Red Devils out of the Capital One Cup despite scoring four times

By Ewan Roberts at Stamford Bridge

  • Petr Cech
    191
    93
    2.00

    Petr Cech

    Was beaten three times by three smart finishes. Played a quick, short goal kick to Romeu from which Giggs opened the scoring, and was promptly berated by his team-mates. The Czech keeper will be disappointed that he was twice beaten at his near post.

  • David Luiz
    258
    99
    3.50

    David Luiz

    In typical fashion, Luiz carried the ball out of defence often. Stepped up to take Chelsea penalty, taking a long run up before slamming the ball just past Lindegaard. Largely untroubled defensively, though shouldn't have been attracted towards Anderson for Nani's winner. Slammed a 25-yard free-kick against the crossbar.

  • Gary Cahill
    220
    75
    3.00

    Gary Cahill

    Scored to level the game 2-2 with a powerful header that Rafael was unable to prevent from crossing the line. Not worked hard by Hernandez, but lost the Mexican for his goal. Used the ball well and showed a lot of composure in possession. Conceded a late penalty as Chicharito got the better of him, though ultimately it didn't matter.

  • César Azpilicueta
    193
    91
    3.00

    César Azpilicueta

    Rarely beaten, though Welbeck provided little threat. Didn't get forward as well as the other full-backs on show, though on one of his rare forays into opposition territory he could have headed Chelsea level with a far post diving effort.

  • Ryan Bertrand
    183
    75
    3.00

    Ryan Bertrand

    Very adventurous, often found himself further forward than nominal left winger Piazon. More reserved in the second half when Hazard entered the fray. Defended well and frustrated Nani, never allowing the winger to beat him. Contained Fletcher's infrequent overlapping runs with ease.

  • Oriol Romeu
    107
    191
    1.50

    Oriol Romeu

    Ponderous and slow on the ball, the Spaniard gifted Man Utd an early lead. Booked early on for a trip on Buttner which reduced his tenacity and willingness to get stuck in for the remainder of the match. Showed for and received Cech's short goal kick before being gobbled up by Giggs who proceeded to open the scoring. Was replaced by Oscar mid-way through the second half.

  • John Obi Mikel
    198
    106
    2.50

    John Obi Mikel

    Put back into the firing line after the saga that has engulfed him, and it often showed that his mind was elsewhere. Conservative on the ball, often wasteful closer to the final third, Mikel was replaced by Ramires at the break.

  • Victor Moses
    245
    91
    3.00

    Victor Moses

    Produced an excellent cross to set-up Sturridge, but the striker failed to capitalise. Occasionally showed flashes of his dribbling ability before Buttner brought him down inside the box to earn a penalty for the home side. After that he worked hard, but rarely carved out opportunities, especially when facing off against Rafael. Could have guaranteed victory for Chelsea with a fifth goal but Lindegaard made a good save with his feet.

  • Juan Mata
    239
    92
    3.00

    Juan Mata

    As peripheral in the first half as he was glittering and electric on Sunday. The Spanish playmaker struggled to get into the game initially, but was more active in the second half, and provided a trademark pin-point set-piece from which Cahill scored. Began to exert his class as the game wore on, probing Man Utd's inexperienced defence.

  • Lucas Piazon
    157
    137
    2.00

    Lucas Piazon

    Was unable to involve himself in the game, and never beat Rafael down the left. Occasionally drifted inside, opening up space for Bertrand, but was otherwise quiet and ineffective. Withdrawn shortly after half-time and replaced by Hazard.

  • Daniel Sturridge
    179
    209
    3.50

    Daniel Sturridge

    Could have put Chelsea ahead in the opening minutes, but fell over when clean through. That largely summed up his night - often cumbersome on the ball and too indecisive - until he showed killer instinct to latch onto Keane's loose back pass, before faking a shot and tucking the ball into an empty net.

Substitutions

  • Ramires
    297
    41
    3.00

    Ramires

    Replaced Mikel at half-time and brought more energy to the side. Adopted an unfamiliar quarter-back style role in the latter stages as Chelsea pressed for an equaliser before bursting forward into the box in the dying minutes to win a penalty for his side. More tenacious than Mikel or Romeu had been, though that eventually led to a yellow card. Minutes after his booking he surged upfield to receive Hazard's pass, beat Lindegaard and guarantee victory for Chelsea.

  • Oscar
    236
    121
    2.50

    Oscar

    Replaced Romeu and should have brought a more creative spark to Chelsea's offence. The Brazilian floated around the pitch but couldn't impact himself on the game.

  • Eden Hazard
    336
    107
    3.50

    Eden Hazard

    Came on in place of Piazon just after half-time, but struggled to get the better of Rafael who looked comfortable when dealing with the Belgian's inward runs. Stepped up to take the injury-time penalty that brought extra-time, rolling the ball down the middle as Lindegaard dived to the right. Embarked on a fantastic solo run from a Man Utd set-piece before setting up Ramires for Chelsea's fiifth.

  • Anders Lindegaard
    97
    113
    2.50

    Anders Lindegaard

    Got a hand to Luiz's penalty but couldn't prevent the Brazilian's firmly struck shot from rippling the back of the net. Made a number of crucial saves in the second half, showing greater authority and calmness than the sometimes jittery De Gea. Could do little to prevent Cahill's powerful header, though perhaps could have stood his ground for both Hazard's penalty and Sturridge's fake shot. Made a great save with his feet to stop Moses' goal-bound shot, but watched as Ramires tapped the ball past him and rolled the ball into the net.

  • Alexander Büttner
    47
    172
    2.00

    Alexander Büttner Flop of the Match

    Regularly burst forward from deep, winning a free-kick as Romeu was booked for a cynical trip. Was less assured defensively, and made a needless challenge to bring down Moses inside the box and concede a penalty. Was replaced at half-time by Powell, no doubt straight after Sir Alex's famous hairdryer treatment.

  • Scott Wootton
    41
    192
    2.00

    Scott Wootton

    Largely dealt with Chelsea's more experienced attack well until he bundled over Ramires inside the box to concede a late penalty that took the game to extra time. Didn't look comfortable dealing with Sturridge's pace, though the Chelsea forward rarely played on that weakness. Followed Sturridge deep before lunging in and both conceding a free-kick and receiving a yellow card.

  • Michael Keane
    54
    164
    2.00

    Michael Keane

    Made one wasteful pass but was otherwise competent in normal time, but his performance waned in extra-time. Should have conceded a penalty for his handball block of Mata's cross. In extra-time, his weak back pass header allowed Sturridge to race through on goal and give the hosts a 4-3 lead. Could have been sent off for a last man challenge on Sturridge, with Luiz hitting the crossbar from the resulting corner.

  • Rafael
    178
    78
    3.50

    Rafael

    The only player to retain his place, Rafael showed why he's an established first teamer. Piazon got no joy out of the Brazilian full-back. The Da Silva twin also made a brilliant tackle to deny Sturridge after being switched to left-back, shutting down that flank. Almost prevented Cahill's equaliser from crossing the line.

  • Anderson
    270
    104
    4.00

    Anderson Top of the Match

    A brilliant performance from the Brazilian saw him pick up three assists and control the middle third. Brought more verve and dynamism to a Man Utd midfield that has often looked pedestrian this season. Set up Giggs, played an excellent through-ball from which Chicharito scored and set Nani free for the Portuguese winger's goal. Ran himself into the ground and was replaced with ten minutes remaining. Man Utd missed him after he'd let the field.

  • Darren Fletcher
    58
    127
    2.50

    Darren Fletcher

    Largely anonymous in the first half, mainly passing backwards and sideways and offering little creativity. He was fairly busy off the ball, covering a lot of ground, but not especially influential. Moved to right-back after the break and was occasionally exposed, more through Nani's poor attempts at tracking back.

  • Nani
    73
    161
    3.00

    Nani

    Cut a frustrated figure for much of the match, firing speculative long range shots towards Cech's goal and generally wasting possession. But, when it mattered, Nani provided the cutest of finishes to dink the ball over Cech to give Man Utd a 3-2 lead. Started a brawl that rather summed up his frustration.

  • Ryan Giggs
    148
    106
    3.50

    Ryan Giggs

    Brought control and experience to the Man Utd midfield, guiding his less experienced team-mates through the game. Took his goal with consummate ease, steadying himself before passing the ball past Cech. Was less effective as he tired in the second half. Deservedly booked for his rash challenge on Moses. Added a consolation penalty to his opening strike.

  • Javier Hernández
    166
    98
    3.00

    Javier Hernández

    Given little service, but put the visitors ahead just before half-time with a quick breakaway and trademark calm finish past Cech. Didn't hugely trouble Cahill and Luiz otherwise, and rarely ran the channels. Could have scored again but opted for power when composure and placement was required. Won a penalty from which Giggs scored.

  • Danny Welbeck
    70
    136
    2.50

    Danny Welbeck

    Lined up off the left flank but was obviously uncomfortable there. Drifted in and out of the match, rarely threatening to beat Azpilicueta or trouble Cech's goal. Worked hard and defended diligently though. Was replaced by Macheda in extra-time.

Substitutions

  • Nick Powell
    100
    92
    2.50

    Nick Powell

    Came on for Alexander Buttner at half-time, playing just ahead of Giggs and Anderson. Couldn't quite affect the match, though Man Utd had less possession after the break as Chelsea pushed for a goal. Moved to the left wing in extra-time, immediately making a fantastic block to deny a certain goal.

  • Ryan Tunnicliffe
    49
    126
    2.50

    Ryan Tunnicliffe

    Came on for Anderson with 10 minutes of normal time remaining. Worked hard and played a little bit more advanced than Rafael. Made a great block to halt Mata's shot. Huffed and puffed but brought little control to Man Utd's midfield, regularly conceding possession.

  • Federico Macheda
    49
    118
    2.50

    Federico Macheda

    Came on for Welbeck in extra-time but made no impact on the game. Received little supply or opportunity to influence the game.

Results
 
Player Ratings
Tournament
Position
Ranking
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Negredo Negredo
Striker
Manchester City
6 0
Edin Dzeko Edin Dzeko
Striker
Manchester City
6 0
Lee Tomlin Lee Tomlin
Striker
Middlesbrough
5 2
Javier Hernández Javier Hernández
Striker
Manchester United
4 1
Saido Berahino Saido Berahino
Striker
West Brom
4 1