Despite having a ton of money and being notorious for outspending other teams in the English Premier League (EPL)for buying the best players—it wasn’t enough for Chelsea to hold off Manchester City on Sunday for a trip to the FA Cup final.
Manchester City will play in the FA Cup final after beating defending champion Chelsea 2-1 at Wembley Stadium in London on Sunday April 14, 2013. City completely dominated most of the match (as they went up 2-0 in the first hour) thanks to goals by Samir Nasri and Sergio Aguero—before Demba Ba gave Chelsea some life by scoring a spectacular goal in the 66th minute to make the game 2-1 at that point.
The match was highly contested as both teams had several chances to score. Chelsea’s best chance to equalize came moments after Ba scored as he was again given another opportunity from close range, but fired straight at City’s keeper Costel Pantilimon. It would appear Chelsea would have other another opportunity to equalize as players appealed for a penalty on a Vincent Kompany’s challenge on Fernando Torres, however, the challenge was waived off by referee Chris Foy.
Manchester City had a chance to extend its lead in the 39th minute as James Milner shot was inadvertently blocked by defender Aguero Kompany, and a second shot on frame was fired wide.
City again had another opportunity to make it 3-1 in the 80th minute when Toure held off two defenders in the area but shot wide.
Chelsea last chance to equalize came in the third minute of extra-time when Hazard blasted a shot high over the goal (game ended with a Manchester City 2-1 victory).
City will face Wigan (which beat Millwall 2-0 on Saturday) in the FA Cup final.
It is noteworthy that Manchester City is the favorite to win the FA Cup Title.
Chelsea currently sites in third place in the EPL, 22 points behind Man U.—and after Man U. victory over Stoke City on Sunday they have all but wrapped up the EPL title—but for Chelsea, there is always next season right?
Maybe owner, Russian Tycoon (billionaire Roman Abramovich) can go out and spend more money to buy more over-priced talent in quest for another title next season.
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