Capital One Cup

October 31, 2012

Full-time

Chelsea

5 - 4

Manchester United

Capital One Cup

19:45 +00:00, October 31, 2012

Stamford Bridge, England

Referee: L Mason

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    That's it from us, another exhausting night of thrills, spills, goals and action is at an end.

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    With Liverpool losing to Swansea tonight and Norwich beating Tottenham, Chelsea will feel they have a great chance of going all the way in the Capital One Cup. Don't forget Man City are already out.

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    Daniel Sturridge and Ramires looked to have won it for the hosts, but Ryan Giggs penalty, the third of the game, made Chelsea sweat for the win.

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    After going behind three times Chelsea struck back to earn extra time thanks to Eden Hazard's last-minute penalty.

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    But that is it. Full Time. Chelsea 5-4 Man United. What a thriller.

  • 120'

    Chelsea break and Mata takes advantage of the numerical advantage to shoot and hit the post.

  • 120'

    United are peppering the Chelsea box with long balls but getting nowhere.

  • 120'

    Two minutes added time.

  • 120'

    GOAL Giggs sends Cech the wrong way. 5-4. Ridiculous!

  • 119'

    Penalty to United after Hernandez is dragged down by Azpilicueta

  • 119'

    Giggs booked for a late challenge on Moses.

  • 119'

    Chelsea still want another goal, Moses and Sturridge are terrorising the United defence.

  • 116'

    Hazard breaks from the edge of his own box, runs the length of the pitch before slipping the ball through two defenders and into the path of Ramires who rounds Lindegaard and taps in.

  • 116'

    GOAL Ramires scores, it is 5-3, and surely all over now.

  • 115'

    Ramires goes into the book for a challenge on Powell.

  • 114'

    Chelsea are knocking it around the edge of the United box for fun at times, well at least until Hazard miscontrols his pass and the ball rolls out of play!

  • 112'

    Moses has a chance to settle it, after Sturridge's through ball, but his shot is well saved by Lindegaard's trailing leg.

  • 112'

    A cross from the right is met by the boot of Tunnicliffe but he can't keep it down and volleys over.

  • 110'

    United corner and they're throwing men forward in search of an equaliser but it doesn't come and Chelsea clear the ball.

  • 109'

    Sturridge again sees an opportunity go begging, his shot flying over the bar.

  • 107'

    Chelsea are outnumbered in attack but good work by Moses gives Sturridge the opportunity to get a shot away, it is just over and United remain in the game.

  • 106'

    Giggs swings a freekick into the box but Cahill gets it away.

  • 105'

    United get us back underway. 15 minutes to play.

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    The players are in huddles on the pitch, Giggs in conversation with Fergie. Chelsea's players talking to Di Matteo.

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    Half-time of extra-time. Chelsea lead 4-3.

  • 105'

    Luiz steps up and hits his shot centrally which strikes the bar and deflects to safety. United get away with it.

  • 105'

    Keane is booked as he clumsily drags Sturridge as he goes through on goal. Let off.

  • 104'

    Azpilicueta handles Nani well as the winger tries to turn him on the left.

  • 104'

    Cahill flashes a header just wide of goal from an Oscar freekick.

  • 102'

    Chelsea are in the ascendancy, and United are on the back foot.

  • 101'

    As Sturridge attempts a tricky turn he is dispossessed by the no-nonsense defending of Keane but the attack is short-lived.

  • 100'

    Fight! A scuffle breaks out on the touchline, between Oscar and Nani after they become entangled, which is broken up by the ref. Both are booked and the crisis is averted. Well handled ref.

  • 98'

    A defensive mistake by Wootton, he heads it straight into the path of Sturridge, who gratefully seizes the opportunity, taking it round Lindegaard and tapping into an empty net.

  • 98'

    GOAL Sturridge makes it 4-3 to Chelsea

  • 97'

    Powell lays it on to Hernandez but he can't get his shot away. Blocked.

  • 97'

    Oscar's long searching ball is cut out by the head of Keane as Sturridge looks on. United come away with the ball.

  • 96'

    Chelsea are camped in the United half but they are surrounded by defenders and can't create the chance they want.

  • 96'

    United are readying Macheda to come on. Their final sub.

  • 94'

    Rafael breaks down the left, United's first chance in extra time, but his shot is straight at Cech.

  • 93'

    Oscar's ball finds Sturridge in the box, Lindegaard rushes out and commits himself but Sturridge can't beat him as the goalkeeper backtracks. Chance wasted.

  • 93'

    Moses shot blocked by Fletcher on the edge of the box.

  • 92'

    Hazard gets hold of the ball early and is hassled by Keane in the United defence, to the Belgian's displeasure.

  • 91'

    United have lost the lead three times, is the psychological edge going to lie with the home side?

  • 91'

    Chelsea get us back underway through Sturridge and Mata.

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    The two captains, Giggs and Cech are in deep conversation with Lee Mason as we prepare for extra time.

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    We are set for another 30 minutes here, Chelsea have made all three subs, while United have one throw of the dice remaining.

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    Full Time at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea 3-3 Man United. Extra time to follow!

  • 90'

    GOAL Hazard scores, he coolly rolls it down the middle as Lindegaard dives to his left.

  • 90'

    Penalty to Chelsea as Wootton sends Ramires flying with a clumsy challenge. Drama!

  • 90'

    Nani is crowded out as he attempts to create a chance. Into the final minute of the three added.

  • 90'

    Luiz booked.

  • 90'

    The United fans are in fine voice as they anticipate another victory at Stamford Bridge.

  • 90'

    Three minutes to be added. Can United hold on as Chelsea throw everyone forward.

  • 90'

    Chelsea corner to be taken by Mata but it is headed away acrobatically.

  • 90'

    Mata's shot is blocked as United try to get all their men behind the ball. Not long left.

  • 88'

    Cahill's shot is over and he takes a kick as he gets the effort away, but he is up and running, albeit slightly sheepishly.

  • 88'

    Chelsea corner after good work from Sturridge.

  • 87'

    Hazard is looking for another freekick on the edge of the box but the referee is not interested. Play on.

  • 86'

    United are defending in numbers, trying to see the game out, but Oscar's snap shot forces Lindegaard into an impressive parried save.

  • 84'

    Ramires finds Sturridge whose shot is straight at Lindegaard, he was straining to get his shot away though.

  • 83'

    The Spaniard aims for the top right hand corner and isn't far off. Unlucky.

  • 83'

    Mata stands over it.

  • 83'

    Hazard is upended on the edge of the box and it is a Chelsea freekick in a promising position.

  • 81'

    Anderson is heading off, looking very tired, to be replaced by youngster Ryan Tunnicliffe

  • 80'

    A ball through to Welbeck is overhit and Cech gathers with ease.

  • 79'

    United happy to play keep ball and try to nullify the threat of Chelsea's various attacking talents.

  • 79'

    Sturridge's misplaced pass sees another Chelsea attack come to nothing. He has not had the best of games.

  • 78'

    The game is still being played at a high tempo as we approach the final ten minutes, in the pouring rain. End-to-end stuff.

  • 77'

    Rafael has had a nice easy half while Chelsea have really tried to target Fletcher at right back in the second-half.

  • 76'

    Moses is found in the box by Bertrand but his hard low shot is stopped well, and held, by Lindegaard. Great chance.

  • 75'

    Bertrand crosses from the left after good work from Moses. Fletcher is having a torrid time at right back.

  • 73'

    Massive penalty shout for Chelsea denied as Mata's cross strikes Keane's flailing arm. Lee Mason says NO!

  • 72'

    20 minutes remaining, Mata, Moses, Oscar and Hazard all on the pitch for Chelsea now.

  • 71'

    Oscar comes on for Chelsea, replacing Romeu as the hosts up the ante.

  • 69'

    Moses, on the left again, passes to Mata who crosses for Azpilicueta whose header at the back post is over.

  • 67'

    After labouring down the right, Bertrand breaks down the left for Chelsea but Ramires' shot is dragged wide and United are let off the hook.

  • 66'

    Moses' header is directed well but spins over from close range. Should have done better there, Victor!

  • 65'

    United are pressing Chelsea, giving them no room to work in but Mata finds Sturridge whose shot forces a corner.

  • 64'

    Wootton brings down Sturridge on the half-way line, forcing the striker to lose a boot in the process.

  • 63'

    Chelsea, for all their attempts, are struggling to find a way through United's organised defence. When Mata lofts a ball from left-to-right to Azpilicueta the right-back hits his shot over the bar.

  • 61'

    Anderson's shot is blocked before Hernandez scoops the ball over with the goal gaping. This is frantic now!

  • 61'

    I may be a little optimistic here, but could we be seeing a 12-goal thriller to match last night's mayhem at the Madejski Stadium? We have five goals so far...

  • 59'

    Anderson, with his third assist of the game, plays a one-two with Nani, allowing the Portuguese to break into the area before chipping delightfully over the advancing body of Cech.

  • 59'

    GOAL Nani puts the visitors back into the lead. 3-2 to United.

  • 59'

    Ramires finds Azpilicueta on the right but his cross is headed away and United attack.

  • 57'

    Bertrand is released down the left but his low cross is confidently gathered by Lindegaard.

  • 56'

    Hazard is on for Piazon as Chelsea look to step it up.

  • 55'

    Eden Hazard is shirting up ahead of his introduction as a substitute for Chelsea.

  • 54'

    Moses, still a threat from the right, drills a powerful cross across the face of goal but no one is there.

  • 53'

    Mata swings it in and Cahill powers an easy header home from point blank range.

  • 52'

    GOAL From the corner Cahill equalises for Chelsea.

  • 52'

    Mata's left-wing cross is dipping dangerously towards goal forcing Lindegaard to tip it over.

  • 51'

    United's frantic passing around the Chelsea box ends when Nani wanders offside but they are holding some good posession so far in the second-half

  • 50'

    From the Chelsea corner Sturridge tries to flick the ball in with his back to goal but it is too optimistic and it doesn't come off!

  • 49'

    Welbeck and Nani get into each other way on the edge of the box, Chelsea break and Mata finds Sturridge who is about to get a shot off before being tackled.

  • 49'

    From the corner there is no danger and Chelsea come away.

  • 48'

    Lindegaard's long clearance upfield sees Powell given a sight of goal, but Cech turns it round for a corner.

  • 46'

    And we're back underway...

  • 46'

    That means a tactical switch for United. Rafael goes to left back, and Fletcher to right back. Powell replaces Fletcher in the middle.

  • 46'

    Chelsea: Mikel off for Ramires while Powell is on for United, replacing Buttner.

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    Javier Hernandez has now scored six goals against Chelsea in nine appearances.

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    Notably, in the stands tonight Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is joined by former Blues striker Andriy Shevchenko!

  • 45'

    Half-time United lead 2-1 thanks to goals from Giggs and Hernandez. Chelsea hit back through a Luiz penalty.

  • 45'

    Sturridge handles the ball as he attempts to control it and is penalised.

  • 45'

    Chelsea earn a corner as Mikel's tame shot is diverted behind.

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    Two added minutes.

  • 45'

    Mata and Moses combine, before Mata's right wing cross is cleared and United break but Hernandez's cross from the left is cut out by Luiz.

  • 44'

    That's Hernandez's fifth goal of the season, and his second against Chelsea in two games.

  • 42'

    David Luiz loses the ball on his way out of defence allowing Anderson to play the Mexican striker through on goal and he makes no mistake!

  • 42'

    GOAL Hernandez gives United the lead minutes before the break!

  • 42'

    Buttner's hesitation in clearing sees him lose out to Moses on the right wing but Chelsea can't fashion a proper chance.

  • 41'

    Moses has switched wings, and now on the left, he finds room and crosses but the ball finds no one free in the box.

  • 40'

    Some great play by United breaks down on the edge of the area as Anderson plays it to Nani but the return ball is cut out by the defence.

  • 38'

    An ambitious attempt from outside the area by Welbeck is easily saved by Cech.

  • 38'

    United are knocking the ball about at great pace just inside the Chelsea half leaving their opponents chasing shadows.

  • 36'

    Mata's lofted ball into the box is cleared and Chelsea are left to attempt another patient build-up.

  • 35'

    Nani attempts a mazy run into the Chelsea half but is crowded out and the home side break.

  • 34'

    Following that goal this game is being fiercely contested with both teams not willing to give an inch.

  • 31'

    The Brazilian sprints up and powers the ball to the goalkeeper's right, Lindegaard gets a hand to it but to no avail!

  • 31'

    GOAL Luiz makes it 1-1

  • 30'

    David Luiz to take it!

  • 30'

    Penalty to Chelsea after Moses is fouled by Buttner

  • 29'

    Chelsea attack again but there is no way through the United rearguard of Wootton and Keane.

  • 28'

    As we creep towards the half hour mark United have had far more sight of goal than the home side, and Fergie will no doubt be the happier of the two managers.

  • 26'

    Mata swings the ball in but it is headed away and cleared, danger averted.

  • 26'

    Moses, a constant threat down the right wins a freekick for Chelsea.

  • 25'

    United are pouring forward but they're finding themselves outnumbered in the Chelsea half.

  • 25'

    Mikel is booked for a late challenge on Welbeck.

  • 23'

    Cech's short goal kick is straight to Romeu who is hustled off the ball allowing Giggs to shoot in from close range.

  • 22'

    GOAL Giggs gives United the lead at Stamford Bridge

  • 21'

    United have another freekick after Nani is felled, again it could be a shooting opportunity with Buttner and Giggs also over the ball this time.

  • 20'

    A cross from the right is only half cleared by United, breaking to Romeu on the edge of the box who slashes his shot wide.

  • 19'

    A lovely flick by Sturridge nearly plays Moses in but as he jinks and tries to beat the defender he beats himself and falls over.

  • 17'

    It has been a pacy first quarter of an hour, evenly contested, but little in the way of action, unlike on Sunday.

  • 16'

    Down the other end now, Welbeck aims a low shot from just outside the area, but again Cech gathers easily.

  • 15'

    Moses fouls Welbeck as he looks to break into the Chelsea area and cross, the United attacker defending deep there!

  • 14'

    Nani's effort is on target, low and direct, but straight at Cech, who gathers easily.

  • 13'

    Another freekick to United, slightly further on, as they continue to threaten. A shot could come from this with Nani standing over it menacingly.

  • 12'

    Romeu goes into the book after dragging down Buttner near the halfway line.

  • 11'

    Man United on top these last few minutes.

  • 10'

    Nani skill plays in Rafael for a cross from the byline but Luiz gets the ball to safety.

  • 10'

    United take the kick quickly and continue to knock the ball around looking for an opening.

  • 9'

    Freekick to United as Welbeck is fouled by Mikel near the half-way line.

  • 8'

    Sturridge is given another opportunity as a delicious ball from the right from Moses finds him in space in the box but he slips and the chance is gone as quickly as it came!

  • 6'

    Chelsea have enjoyed much the better opening so far, with United seemingly happy to soak up the pressure for now, seven minutes in.

  • 6'

    A sloppy ball by Fletcher nearly plays Sturridge in on goal but the danger is quickly averted.

  • 4'

    Luiz wins the ball from Anderson in the Chelsea half and strides forward before unleashing a shot high and wide from outside the area to loud cheers.

  • 2'

    Early chance for Chelsea as a cross from the right is nearly met by Piazon but it is too high.

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    Mata plays a very nice ball across the pitch to Bertrand on the touchline who slips as he tries to keep it in.

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    It's a pretty even start with both sides contesting possession and the crowd in full voice...

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    Chelsea kick us off. Here we go!

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    The teams are assembled in the tunnel, led by captains Petr Cech and Ryan Giggs, and we're nearly ready to go.

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    Chelsea have encouraged their fans to come in fancy dress as a celebration of Halloween - there is a grim reaper doing the rounds, complete with scythe!

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    Plenty of gloves on show from the United lads, Giggsy, Hernandez...

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    We're less than 15 minutes from kick-off now. The players are in the middle of their warm-up on the Stamford Bridge pitch on a dry night.

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    As an aside, the man in the middle tonight is Lee Mason. Hopefully the post-match analysis will focus less on the referee than at the weekend!

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    Man United bench: Johnstone, Vermijl, Powell, Lingard, Tunnicliffe, Macheda, Brady

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    Manchester United's bench has a more youthful look, however.

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    Chelsea bench:Hilario, Ferreira, Ramires, Oscar, Hazard, Marin, Saville

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    Chelsea have some experience on their bench, should things go awry tonight.

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    There is a starting spot for Javier Hernandez, the scorer of that controversial offside winner at the weekend.

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    Man United team: Lindegaard, Rafael, Keane, Wooton, Buttner, Nani, Fletcher, Anderson, Giggs, Hernandez, Welbeck

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    Meanwhile there are ten changes for Man United...

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    So, both stars at the centre of the Mark Clattenburg allegations, Juan Mata and John Obi Mikel, start for Chelsea.

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    Chelsea are the home team, so we shall start with them: Cech, Azpilicueta, Cahill, Luiz, Bertrand, Romeu, Mikel, Moses, Mata, Piazon, Sturridge

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    Javier Hernandez was the difference the last time the sides played

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