They say that the third time’s a charm, but Chelsea needed a fourth battle to finally defeat Manchester United as they stamped their ticket to the FA Cup final.
In seemed like both squads were going to head into the halftime break scoreless. That was until the 11th-minute of extra-time, when Olivier Giroud, who has been exceptional since the restart, found the back of the net after receiving a cross for César Azpilicueta.
The Blues entering the second half up by one against The Red Devils, subsequently they came out of the gates storming. After a poor pass from Brandon Williams, Mason Mount pounced on the ball and capitalise on the opportunity to put the South London-side one-step closer to their first final since 2017.
It went from bad to worse for The Red Devils in the 74th-minute, when Harry Maguire’s studs connected to a cross from Marcos Alonso, which ended up getting past David de Gea.
Manchester United were able to get their consolation in the 85th-minute courtesy of a penalty from Bruno Fernandes. This sequence was caused by Callum Hudson-Odoi fouling Anthony Martial in the penalty area.
Overall, Chelsea dominated the game and caused the Red Devil’s de Gea to experience hell on Earth with a performance to forget. Even though Manchester United held 51 percent of the possession, The Blues managed almost twice as many attempts on goal (13 to seven) and had less shots on target (seven to three).
Chelsea will now prepare for its battle against cross-city rivals Arsenal in the FA Cup final at Wembley. However, their next game is a Premier League matchup against the champions, Liverpool, on Wednesday at Anfield. Manchester United, meanwhile, will play hosts to West Ham United on Wednesday as they vie for a Champions League spot.
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