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Middlesbrough 0 Chelsea 2

Chelsea, up at the Riverside Stadium, edged past Middlesbrough to secure a quarter final tie, at Old Trafford, against Manchester United on Sunday 10th March.

Team News - For this 5th round FA Cup tie Rafa Benitez certainly shuffled his pack. There was a first start for Nathan Ake, Paulo Ferreira made a rare appearance at right back, Ryan Bertrand was given a left-back start whilst Yossi Benayoun was given a midfield berth with Fernando Torres leading the line, leaving the bench looking especially strong with Ashley Cole, David Luiz, Frank Lampard, Eden Hazard and Demba Ba all keeping their backsides warm. All in all Rafa made eight changes to the side that lost at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday.

First Half - At a noisy Riverside Stadium, he Middlsbrough fans believed they could spring a cup shock and Chelsea`s first half performance gave them further belief. But it was Chelsea that almost edged ahead, early on, but Victor Moses couldn`t quite get on the end of a swift counter-attack.

Torres almost set up Benayoun but the ex-Liverpool pair couldn`t get a final touch to his low cross. Oscar should have opened the scoring for Chelsea, latching on to a ball from Moses, but the Brazilian stabbed his shot too tamely and the chance was gone.

Middlesbrough had a decent chance when Ramires conceded possession but when the home side delivered a decent cross Scott MacDonald rose perfectly but placed his header wide. Middlesbrough were starting to have a little more possession as Chelsea sat back.

Just before half time, the home side could have edged ahead, Mustapha Carayol cut inside his marker and his shot was unconvincingly dealt with by Cech but Terry was on hand to stab the ball clear.

Second Half - Chelsea started the second half better and six minutes into the half finally edged ahead through a combination of Ramires and Torres. Benayoun`s loose ball wasn`t cleared properly and when it fell to Ramires the Brazilian`s shot deflected off of the shoulder of Torres to beat Steele, in the Middlesbrough goal.
A goal to the good, Chelsea were to double that lead, putting the game out of Middlesbrough`s reach, in the seventy third minute when Eden Hazard, on as a second half substitute, ran away from a tired looking defence to square the ball for Moses too tap home.
There could have been a third goal but Oscar shot wide after a sweet exchange of passes with Hazard. Middlesbrough almost got a consolation goal late on but Bailey`s header, at the back post, hit the side-netting.
Chelsea: Cech, Ferreira, Ivanovic, Terry, Bertrand, Ake, Ramires, Moses (Luiz-76), Oscar (Marin-79), Benayoun (Hazard-58), Torres.

Unused Subs: Turnbull, Cole, Lampard, Ba.

Chelsea Scorers - Ramires (51), Moses (73)

Chelsea Yellow Cards - Nil

Chelsea Red Cards - Nil




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The Journalist

Writer: Merlin Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday February 28 2013

Time: 7:18AM

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Finally, Ake was given a full debut (thank you Rafa). He was impressive with his passing, blocks and build-up play. I hope thats not the end of the road for him. Why did Yossi start? Marin should always get the nod ahead of Yossi anytime. I guess you all know why. Torres pulled 'a torres' again which wasn't suprising.
emperorzert12
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28/02/2013 07:52:00

thats the end of the road we wont get past the next game,why because we cant put in a solid 90 min performance,disagree if you want but its a fact either one half or another we arent up for it passes go astray etc,we are bound to get someone sent off give a pen away and they will get a goal thats clearly offside
herefordchelsea
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28/02/2013 09:10:00

Good resault. The best thing is the perfomance of Ake (him and Chalobah can make the DCM spot their own for sure), the one thing I really disliked is not starting Marin instead of Benayoun and perhaps I would also liked that Luiz played alongside JT in defence.
icebluelg
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28/02/2013 09:22:00

Kudos to Rafa yesterday for giving the reserves some run out. I was impressed by Ake. to be far, Boro is not Man U or City but he kept it simple and won his almost all his aerial duels. we should gradually introduce him to the tough PL games like against Norwich westbrom etc. he can be a good substitute for Mikel.. Benyaoun was non existent except for his part in the first goal didn't contribute much, Marin has a good chance late on but his indecision can be down to his rustiness. Torres did well ( at what he did best) but he ran at defenders, thru the channels and at the risk of sounding like a broken record, our midfield was extremely slow and could not find him with one time thru balls. Oscar and Moses were main culprits in the . rather than give the striker a one time pass Moses severally for reasons best known to him elected to run with the ball into meaningless cul de sacs while oscar always wants to take one more touch and cut back on himself one time to many. we need CM like Gerrard... for a CM that can make laser-like passes, Gerrard has has no equal and we need players in his mold he Girly boy is staying more than the summer.
Dwonder
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28/02/2013 09:28:00

Please put the Salford red sox to the sword at the swamp.
johnkelv
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28/02/2013 09:54:00

happy to see some squad rotation. lets build on this momentum
KingHan
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28/02/2013 10:07:00

Not sure who is getting credit for the 1st goal. The Chelsea official website lists Ramires as the scorer but in their match report they state it was Torres that scored.
CobhamBlue
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28/02/2013 11:49:00

It can't realistically be a Torres goal. It was smallest of touches, and he wasn't even aware of it. No one was until it was seen on the replay.
zg2000fs
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28/02/2013 12:50:00

Judging by the few comments on this thread, does anyone care about this game or result?
BlueABS
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28/02/2013 13:30:00

 

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