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Played
October 31, 2012 3:45 PM EDT
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
 
Top of the Match
Anderson
Anderson
Manchester United
Eden Hazard
Eden Hazard
Chelsea
Flop of the Match
Alexander Büttner
Alexander Büttner
Manchester United
Scott Wootton
Scott Wootton
Manchester United

Chelsea 5-4 Manchester United (aet): Sturridge and Ramires send Blues through in Halloween thriller

The hosts had to come from behind three times at Stamford Bridge but ultimately emerged victorious to knock out Sir Alex Ferguson's men and book their place in the last eight

By Gill Clark

For the second time in four days Chelsea and Manchester United played out a thriller at Stamford Bridge, with the hosts gaining some revenge for their Premier League defeat by winning 5-4 to book their spot in the quarterfinals of the Capital One Cup.

As expected both clubs made significant changes to their starting lineups, Roberto Di Matteo handed rare starts to Cesar Azpilicueta, Oriol Romeu, Victor Moses, Lucas Piazon and Daniel Sturridge while the visitors made 10 changes to their team, with Rafael the only man to retain his place from Sunday's win.

After the chaos of the weekend, it was perhaps little surprise that the first half was a frenetic affair, played at great pace, with goals, bookings, a penalty and the visitors once again heading into the break 2-1 ahead.

Yet there was more than a hint of farce about United’s opening goal with Petr Cech’s short kick out to Romeu, allowing Anderson to nick the ball off the Spaniard and find Ryan Giggs who finished clinically to open the scoring.

The goal sparked Chelsea into life, and by the half hour mark the game was level. The lively Victor Moses burst into the box only to be brought down by Alexander Buttner, giving the referee an easy decision to point to the spot. Up stepped David Luiz who smashed the ball confidently past Anders Lindegaard who got a touch but could not keep it out.

With the score level the Blues began to dominate possession yet they fell behind once again just minutes before the break. Anderson was again the creator, picking out a great pass to Chicharito, after Luiz had lost the ball on a forward run, and the Mexican finished smartly past Cech for his sixth goal in nine appearances against Chelsea.

The second half began in much the same vein and within minutes Chelsea was back on level terms. A Mata corner from the left was thundered home by Gary Cahill, the ball clearly crossing the line, despite Rafael's attempts to head clear.

Yet back came United once again just three minutes later, with Nani, swapping passes with Anderson and racing into the box before dinking a delightful finish over Cech to put United ahead for the third time.

The chances continued to flow, particularly for the hosts, with Azpilicueta missing perhaps the best opportunity when free at the back post, before Juan Mata was left howling for a penalty after his cross hit the arm of Michael Keane, the referee waving the Spaniard's appeals away.

As full-time approached, Chelsea looked to be heading out of the competition but once again there was to be late drama. Another penalty, this time after Scott Wootton clumsily fouled Ramires, allowed Hazard to coolly roll home a spot-kick to send the game into extra time.

The momentum was very much now with the hosts and the Blues took the lead for the first time in the game in the seventh minutes of extra-time. A poor header by Wootton left Sturridge with just Lindegaard to beat, and the Chelsea striker, who had endured a profligate evening, this time made no mistake.

On another fascinating evening in the Capital One Cup, there was, of course, still time for more goals, with Hazard twisting and turning past a host of United defenders before finding Ramires who tapped home the fifth.

United, however, refused to give up and with seconds remaining Giggs grabbed his second of the night from the penalty spot after Azpilicueta fouled Chicharito, but it was to prove too little too late as Chelsea ended a difficult few days on a high.

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Chelsea

1
Petr Cech
Goalkeeper
2.00
4
David Luiz
Defender
31′ 92′
3.50
24
Gary Cahill
Defender
52′
3.00
28
3.00
23
Ryan Bertrand
Defender
3.00
6
Oriol Romeu
Midfielder
12′ 71′
1.50
12
John Obi Mikel
Midfielder
25′ 46′
2.50
12
Victor Moses
Midfielder
3.00
8
Juan Mata
Midfielder
3.00
-
Lucas Piazon
Striker
55′
2.00
15
3.50

Manchester United

2.50
13
2.00
28
2.00
31
2.00
-
3.50
2
Rafael
Defender
4.00
8
Anderson
Midfielder
81′
2.50
24
3.00
17
Nani
Midfielder
59′ 100′
3.50
11
Ryan Giggs
Midfielder
22′ 118′ 120′
3.00
14
2.50
19

Substitutes

-
 - 
20
 - 
7
Ramires
Midfielder
46′ 115′ 116′
3.00
11
Oscar
Midfielder
71′ 100′
2.50
17
Eden Hazard
Midfielder
55′ 94′
3.50
21
Marko Marin
Midfielder
 - 
56
George Saville
Midfielder
 - 

Substitutes

 - 
50
Sam Johnstone
Goalkeeper
 - 
-
2.50
-
Nick Powell
Midfielder
46′
 - 
-
Jesse Lingard
Midfielder
2.50
46
 - 
11
Robbie Brady
Midfielder
2.50
27

Coach/Manager

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Coach/Manager

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  • Yellow Card
  • Assist
  • Penalty Save
  • Penalty Shootout Goal
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  • Yellow Card / Red Card
  • Red Card
  • Substitution IN
  • Substitution OUT
  • Injury
  • Goal.com Rating
  • Goal.com Man of the Match
  • Goal.com Flop of the Match
  • Top & Flop Global Ranking
  • Fans' Man of the Match
  • Fans' Flop of the Match
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