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Played
April 14, 2013 5:00 PM SAST
Wembley Stadium — London
Referee:‬ C. Foy‎
Attendance:‬ 85621‎
 
66′ Demba Ba
Samir Nasri 35′
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Chelsea 1-2 Manchester City

Roberto Mancini's side held off a late fight back from the Blues to book their place in the FA Cup final thanks to goals in each half from Samir Nasri and Sergio Aguero

By Ewan Roberts

  • Petr Cech
    25
    8
    3.50

    Petr Cech

    Prevented a cricket score with a number of good saves, and produced a particularly stunning stop to deny Toure's deflected effort early on. Powerless to stop both City's goals.

  • César Azpilicueta
    10
    28
    2.50

    César Azpilicueta

    Played well for the most part and tried to get forward, though was let down by wayward crossing. Sucked infield for Nasri's opener, and was unfortunate to see his block fall to the feet of the Frenchman.

  • Branislav Ivanovic
    15
    21
    2.00

    Branislav Ivanovic

    Along with centre-back partner Luiz, the Serbian was given very little protection by the midfielders ahead of him. Wasn't always comfortable with City's movement, and lost Aguero for the Argentine's headed goal.

  • David Luiz
    18
    16
    2.50

    David Luiz

    Stepped up with greater authority than Ivanovic, but was worried by the pace and guile of City's attack. Used the ball well when he could, and set up Ba's goal with a lovely raking pass. Went close with a late free kick.

  • Ryan Bertrand
    16
    18
    3.00

    Ryan Bertrand

    Acquitted himself well, despite being routinely outnumbered by City's adventurous right flank. Defended intelligently and resolutely, and occasionally got forward well.

  • Eden Hazard
    25
    16
    2.50

    Eden Hazard

    Was largely subdued, barring the odd brief burst of verve and trickery. Saw his volley headed off the line by Kompany, Chelsea's best effort of a tepid first half display. A little more lively as Chelsea sought an equaliser.

  • John Obi Mikel
    9
    26
    1.50

    John Obi Mikel

    A passive figure in central midfield, he was ill-equipped to deal with the pace and movement of City's interchanging offence. Routinely bypassed in midfield, and was conservative in possession. Replaced as Chelsea attempted a fight back.

  • Oscar
    13
    31
    1.50

    Oscar Flop of the Match

    Hugely ineffective and penned back in his own half for much of the match by the forward thrust of City's right flank. Didn't offer enough support to Bertrand and was wasteful in the attacking third.

  • Ramires
    13
    20
    2.00

    Ramires

    Brought some semblance of energy and vigour to the Chelsea side, but left far too much space for City to exploit. Often second best to the strength of Toure and, in particular, Milner.

  • Demba Ba
    30
    10
    2.50

    Demba Ba

    Had precious little service, with City controlling much of the match. Hustled up front on his own and was rewarded with a fine goal, acrobatically firing the ball past Pantilimon.

  • Juan Mata
    17
    21
    1.50

    Juan Mata

    When the Spaniard is on song, Chelsea usually are too - but today he was out of form and off colour. Struggled to carve out any clear-cut chances and was laboured in possession. Not his normal, vibrant self.

Substitutions

  • Fernando Torres
    57
    9
    3.50

    Fernando Torres

    Came on in place of Mikel and had an instant impact, making a nuisance of himself to create space for Ba. Offered a good outlet and came close to scoring, while perhaps should have been awarded a penalty.

  • Costel Pantilimon
    15
    13
    3.00

    Costel Pantilimon

    Often nervy, and almost handed Chelsea the lead early on with a mad dash from his line, but came to life in the second half to deny both Mata and Ba with brave, reflex stops. Could do nothing about Ba's acrobatic effort.

  • Gael Clichy
    13
    13
    3.50

    Gael Clichy

    Solid and combative, the Frenchman was rarely beaten and troubled Chelsea going forward, embarking on marauding, driving surges. Got the better of Hazard.

  • Matija Nastasic
    18
    16
    4.00

    Matija Nastasic Top of the Match

    Calm and measured, the 20-year-old read danger well and dealt with it in assured fashion. Excellent in the air throughout and was formidable as Chelsea began bombarding the box in the closing stages.

  • Pablo Zabaleta
    14
    14
    3.50

    Pablo Zabaleta

    Played more like a right winger at times, slaloming forward and darting into the box. Solid and uncompromising in the tackle and brought real guts and gusto to the City side.

  • Vincent Kompany
    13
    17
    3.00

    Vincent Kompany

    So strong and powerful, and relished the duel with Ba. His passing was both accurate and, sometimes, penetrative. Crucially headed off the line in the first half. Less assured in the second half and at fault for Ba's goal, though.

  • Gareth Barry
    15
    13
    4.00

    Gareth Barry

    Defended stoutly, as ever, but also contributed to City's slick, one-touch interplay. Produced his side's second goal with a perfect cross for Aguero. Controlled the midfield and dictated proceedings, before digging in for the closing minutes.

  • James Milner
    9
    16
    3.00

    James Milner

    Worked tirelessly, pressing with intensity, and married that work ethic with quality on the ball. Has developed a great relationship with Zabaleta down the right. A little wasteful in the final third.

  • Samir Nasri
    12
    15
    3.00

    Samir Nasri

    Often peripheral, working at a slower pace than his high-speed team-mates, but grabbed the opening goal. Slightly lucky to collect Aguero's ricocheted pass before thumping the ball past Cech. Replaced late on.

  • Yaya Touré
    19
    12
    3.50

    Yaya Touré

    Frequently bulldozed his way forwards, charging through gaps in Chelsea's midfield, and it was a typically powerful run that created the opening goal. A massive threat on the break in the dying embers of the match.

  • Carlos Tévez
    12
    16
    3.50

    Carlos Tévez

    Always on the move, Tevez was a livewire upfront. Linked play well, releasing his team-mates, and was a threat in front of goal too. Replaced by Garcia in the second half as City sought to defend their lead.

  • Sergio Agüero
    20
    24
    4.00

    Sergio Agüero

    Ran the channels well, moving the Chelsea back-line around and opening up gaps for his team-mates. Took his goal brilliantly, losing Ivanovic before expertly heading the ball into the far corner. A constant danger.

Substitutions

  • Joleon Lescott
    9
    10
    2.00

    Joleon Lescott

    Came on in the last five minutes for Nasri.

  • Javi García
    10
    10
    3.00

    Javi García

    Replaced the lively Tevez with 20 minutes remaining as City looked to preserve their lead. Covered a lot of ground and shielded the back four, congesting the midfield.

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