ENGLISH FA CUP

The Riverside Stadium, England

Referee: M Atkinson | Attendance: 27856

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Chelsea

  • Fernando Torres 51'
  • Victor Moses 73'
  • 90'

    And that's the final whistle - after a pretty dire first half all round, Chelsea took second half control to see off Middlesbrough and go through to face Manchester United at Old Trafford.

  • 90'

    Terry clears well as Miller tries to make something happen in the middle of the Chelsea area. Seconds remaining now.

  • 90'

    Three minutes of added time will be played here at the Riverside.

  • 90'

    Another ball into the Chelsea area is half-cleared. Zammama tries a shot, but it's badly hit and wide.

  • 90'

    Hines meets it, but Chelsea deal with it.

  • 90'

    Haroun gets into the area - good run. Cech stops his effort and it's a late Boro corner.

  • 90'

    Bailey misjudges, and Marin tries to run into the penalty area. McManus is there to save face for his colleague.

  • 89'

    Things are drifting towards a conclusion at the Riverside: a minute or so of normal time to go, plus whatever we get for stoppages.

  • 88'

    Crossfield movement by Boro, who then lose it. Chelsea look to find Torres early. Too early - the flag is up.

  • 87'

    And that is a booking for the Boro man, perhaps just allowing a bit of frustration to show.

  • 87'

    From it, Ramires will get a crossing chance. Bailey fouls Ake as he tries to usher the ball away.

  • 86'

    Friend plays the ball forward, Luiz gets there, Friend gets another touch - and out goes the ball. Chelsea throw, near the halfway line.

  • 85'

    That move had Chelsea floundering for a second, and they have switched off in the last two or three minutes.

  • 84'

    Another chance - the ball is played in to Miller, who has a first-time volley from just inside the area but can only steer it over.

  • 83'

    Bailey gets up and gets a good header in - but it's the wrong side of the post, just rippling the side-netting on its way past.

  • 83'

    Ferreira plays a casual pass back, forcing Ivanovic to lunge in and divert it behind for a corner.

  • 83'

    You would have thought that, if a comeback was ever going to materialise, it needed to start then.

  • 82'

    Zemmama gets it over the wall, but it's far too close to Cech, who saves comfortably.

  • 81'

    But wait a moment - Ferreira commits a foul, outside the area and central. Zemmama looks like the man most interested in taking this...

  • 80'

    Ten minutes remaining: Chelsea, barring a remarkable Boro revival, have this won.

  • 79'

    Oscar is off, with Chelsea bringing Marko Marin on in his stead.

  • 79'

    ...the ball is worked to Friend, but he sees his cross blocked.

  • 78'

    Undaunted, the home side come forward again to win a free-kick on the right. Terry clears for a corner...

  • 77'

    Substitute Zemmama makes a good run down the left for Boro and makes room for a cross. Unfortunately, though, he gets the delivery all wrong and it sails over the bar for a Chelsea free-kick.

  • 77'

    Luiz is instantly involved, winning the ball well and starting a move that leads to a pass towards, but beyond, Torres.

  • 76'

    Another change for Chelsea - Moses is off and David Luiz comes into the fray.

  • 75'

    In the meantime, Oscar gets into the area, has a shot - and it's not far wide.

  • 74'

    Looks as though David Luiz will come on for Chelsea soon.

  • 74'

    McManus fouls Oscar in the centre circle, and the Boro man is booked for his troubles.

  • 74'

    Zemmama is on and Carayol off as Boro make another change.

  • 73'

    GOAL: But within seconds, Hazard and Oscar combine - the low cross comes in, and Moses taps home. That should decide this one once and for all.

  • 73'

    Again, they lose possession - but when they win it back, Ramires finds Hazard on the left of the Boro area. He hits a fierce, swerving shot, which is just wide.

  • 72'

    Friend and Carayol, halfway inside the Chelsea half. Boro step in, and Chelsea get a throw.

  • 71'

    Haroun for Boro, running over halfway. Miller takes over and finds Friend, who whacks the ball from range and sees it deflect out for a throw-in.

  • 70'

    Twenty minutes to go. Ake tries to find Hazard - Boro step in to clear, and Bertrand takes control of that situation for the visitors.

  • 69'

    As it comes forward, Ake gets a header in but Chelsea lose it. Williams, though, can't find McDonald near the edge of the Chelsea area.

  • 68'

    Moses finds Ferreira, but then Chelsea go backwards again and the ball goes all the way back to Cech.

  • 67'

    McDonald does well to control the ball on the edge of the area as it comes forward again, but that flicker of a threat is soon snuffed out.

  • 66'

    It is, towards Miller. But Chelsea win that one comfortably enough.

  • 65'

    Frank Lampard could be coming on, it seems - in the meantime, Miller plays the ball out to the right for Boro. Ramires fouls Miller. Free-kick, Leadbitter to take. A long way out, but this can be crossed.

  • 64'

    Hazard chases a ball forward but Steele does well, just ushering it behind for a goal-kick.

  • 63'

    As Chelsea break, Torres takes on Friend. Friend wins, and gets a free-kick as the frustrated Spaniard is adjudged to have fouled him.

  • 63'

    Miller, front and centre for Boro, wins the ball but his colleagues waste it, giving the ball away.

  • 62'

    Boro play the ball forward, Terry ushers it to Cech - and Cech shanks his clearance straight out of play.

  • 62'

    Curtis Main is off and Ishmail Miller on as Boro make a switch.

  • 61'

    However, while there's only one goal in it, Boro have every chance.

  • 60'

    On the hour and Chelsea, without doing anything anywhere close to spectacular, are assuming control at the Riverside.

  • 59'

    Moses takes it, and Boro thump it away.

  • 59'

    There must have been a deflection on that Torres shot, because the officials have given a corner.

  • 58'

    Benayoun is off and Hazard is on - Benitez makes his first change of the night.

  • 58'

    Torres is in - there's no flag. He lashes in a shot, but it clears the bar. A good chance for Chelsea.

  • 57'

    Again, the attempt to come forward breaks down and Chelsea come forward. McManus, though, gets in the way of Ramires, who looks to have been given a new lease of life by his goal.

  • 56'

    But Middlesbrough lose the ball again, only to win it back through Haroun.

  • 56'

    Ake feels he is fouled for Chelsea. Nothing doing, says ref Atkinson, and Carayol comes forward.

  • 55'

    Chelsea are on the ball, inside their own half. Forward it goes with Oscar. Torres finds Ramires, whose effort is deflected into the air and easily claimed by Steele.

  • 54'

    It's played towards McDonald, who swings a boot at it only to see Ake block again.

  • 53'

    Friend comes forward, and the ball is fed back to Leadbitter. He shoots, Ake blocks and Boro have a corner...

  • 52'

    And it has changed the picture for Boro. They've contained Chelsea well, but now they must ask them more defensive questions.

  • 52'

    Ake approaches the penalty area - that goal has woken Chelsea up.

  • 51'

    GOAL: He hits it well from the edge of the D, and it takes a slight deflection as it sails past Steele. Chelsea make the breakthrough!

  • 51'

    Torres takes a tumble. No foul, says the referee. Moses luckily finds Oscar, who crosses. Torres can't get there but the ball is played back to Ramires, who can shoot...

  • 50'

    Nothing has really changed - it's still scrappy, bitty and shapeless at the Riverside.

  • 49'

    Boro's fans are trying to lift their side. To be honest, the whole occasion needs something to give it a lift.

  • 48'

    They come forward, but it goes wrong and then there's a throw the other way around.

  • 48'

    Boro have a throw, round about half-way, as the Blues lose the ball cheaply.

  • 47'

    Then Cech plays it long... towards Oscar. He's not exactly the most logical target, and loses the battle in the air.

  • 47'

    The ball is played forward rather aimlessly for Chelsea - and then hoofed clear even more aimlessly by Middlesbrough.

  • 46'

    Benitez, you feel, will surely use some of the strength he has on the bench if things carry on like this.

  • 46'

    And here we go - Boro start us. Neither manager has made a change at the break.

  • 45'

    The players are back out onto the pitch. Kick-off for the second 45 is close at hand.

  • 45'

    And that is half-time. This hasn't been an entertaining game, and it has hardly featured a chance to speak of. Things can only improve after the break... can't they?

  • 45'

    Boro have a throw on halfway - these are pretty much the last knockings of the half.

  • 45'

    Into the last moments of the first half - but it's been lengthened by two minutes of added time. Chelsea take a corner, Terry is adjudged to have fouled, and Boro have a free-kick.

  • 44'

    Haroun does well, seeing off Bertrand's challenge, but then (and so much in keeping with the first half) - loses possession.

  • 43'

    Boro cross the ball in, and Cech claims that one with utter ease.

  • 42'

    Haroun takes on Ake - and fouls him. Free-kick Chelsea.

  • 42'

    Benitez is scribbling in his notepad. Wonder what he's writing? It's not as though there's been much to inspire him.

  • 41'

    A moment of encouragement for Middlesbrough. As play resumes, Chelsea give the ball away. Then Boro do. Then Chelsea do. Then Boro do. Do you see the pattern?

  • 40'

    Carayol has a chance to shoot - he does, and Cech is unconvincing in his handling. John Terry is there to deal with that, though.

  • 39'

    At the other end, a Chelsea cross only narrowly eludes the head of Torres, who was lurking hopefully at the near post.

  • 38'

    Boro down the right - Haroun has the ball and tries to feed it in to McDonald, without success.

  • 37'

    They have a throw to defend, though - but Chelsea go backwards with it, ending up on halfway.

  • 36'

    A little under ten minutes remain in what has been a forgettable first half so far. Boro have done well and been comfortable.

  • 36'

    He is taken off, and Seb Hines is on in his place.

  • 35'

    Ferreira plays a terrible pass, out of play. Bikey has been hobbling a bit and he will be going off here.

  • 35'

    There's some jostling between Terry and Bikey as the corner comes in. Middlesbrough are unfazed by that and clear.

  • 34'

    Bailey heads away well, and it's another flag-kick for the Premier League side.

  • 33'

    Chelsea, though, are unconvincing. There is no zip, pace or flair to anything they are doing. But Oscar tries to change that, getting into the area, and he wins a corner...

  • 33'

    Last time they were here, Middlesbrough suffered a 2-1 defeat to Millwall, another out-of-form side. They're playing better than they did that night.

  • 32'

    Carayol, on the left, gets into the penalty area but just overruns the ball. Chelsea clear.

  • 31'

    Boro hack the ball out of their penalty area as Ake and Ivanovic combine.

  • 30'

    Half an hour in. No goals, and few signs of one.

  • 30'

    Then another attempted Torres-Benayoun link-up goes wrong. Boro come forward, but Terry ushers McDonald off the attempted pass forward.

  • 30'

    Main finds Haroun, but he loses out to Bertrand.

  • 30'

    Carayol finds Leadbitter in midfield as Boro come forward, and now Main has it.

  • 30'

    Benayoun on the ball - he links up with Torres, but Middlesbrough deal with that one well.

  • 29'

    Ivanovic with a free-kick inside his own half - he and Terry exchange passes, and then the latter comes forward and tries to find Moses. Friend gets in the way.

  • 28'

    Excellent play from Mowbray's men, that - their best moment of the evening so far.

  • 28'

    Ramires makes a mistake. Williams tries to belt it from long range. It's blocked, Bailey crosses and McDonald heads for goal - and not far wide.

  • 27'

    Carayol gets it, and then gets his attempted cross all wrong. Easy for the Chelsea defenders.

  • 27'

    Main and Bailey link as things break down for Chelsea from that throw. The Londoners then concede a throw themselves.

  • 26'

    Ferreira - remember him? - finds Benayoun. Chelsea get a low cross in, but McManus is in the right place again for Middlesbrough and clears.

  • 25'

    Boro try to up their own tempo a bit, but the ball towards the area is too strong and Cech has it.

  • 24'

    The Chelsea approach so far is a bit stodgy, and they have done little or nothing to unsettle their Championship opponents.

  • 24'

    Benitez looks thoughtful on the touchline. Benayoun is penalised for handball inside the Middlesbrough half.

  • 22'

    Torres then takes on McManus and tries a shot, but that effort is wimpish in the extreme.

  • 21'

    Leadbitter looks for Bailey, who controls neatly and finds Carayol. Good spell of passing from Boro - but it breaks down.

  • 20'

    Nothing comes of it, and the home side come forward. Carayol will cross, and Chelsea clear.

  • 19'

    Torres tumbles on the left as Bikey challenges. That is nothing more than a throw.

  • 18'

    Ake gives the ball away for Chelsea. It's been that sort of evening so far, really.

  • 17'

    Leadbitter plays it in and there's a bit of uncertainty until Bailey's header back towards the area is too strong.

  • 17'

    Chelsea look the team more likely - but Ramires brings down Williams to give away a dangerous free-kick. Can Boro make anything out of this one?

  • 16'

    There isn't really much to talk about so far - it's been a fairly leaden opening period.

  • 16'

    Torres can run towards the area after Carayol loses possession. McManus gets there, but Carayol was careless.

  • 15'

    Haroun drives forward for Boro and has a speculative effort. The ball is soon back with the same player, whose attempt to find McDonald is pretty woeful and goes straight through to Cech.

  • 15'

    Torres gets the ball but his attempt to feed it through to Benayoun is poor.

  • 14'

    Boro win it back and the ball goes out for a throw. Off Terry, unsurprisingly, who has been Mr Involved in the last minute or so.

  • 14'

    But that goes nowhere - a common theme of this opening period - and Terry has the ball yet again.

  • 14'

    Oscar's pass is cut out by Williams. Terry picks up the pieces, and then Benayoun tries to make his way forward.

  • 13'

    Moses causes problems, but his powerful run and ball in don't get the reward they could have done from Oscar, who is tentative in his attempted finish.

  • 12'

    Leadbitter plays it forward, but the offside flag is up and it's a Chelsea free-kick.

  • 11'

    Ake with a foul inside the centre circle - free-kick Boro.

  • 11'

    Then Torres does well on the right of the area before playing in a dangerous-looking low cross. Benayoun, though, can't get to that and it runs all the way out.

  • 10'

    The kick doesn't get past the first man - too easy for Boro to clear that.

  • 9'

    But then Chelsea inject a little bit of pace, and Friend - he's made a good start for Boro - is forced to concede a corner.

  • 9'

    Good control by Moses, who then plays it infield to Ramires. But it's all around the centre and isn't really threatening to go anywhere.

  • 8'

    Chelsea come forward and Oscar tries to find Moses with a ball into the area. It just eludes the former Wigan man, but that was a decent effort.

  • 8'

    ...and Middlesbrough defend that one well.

  • 7'

    Friend steps in with a good challenge as Moses tries to set off and a run. Torres picks up the pieces...

  • 7'

    Boro have a free-kick - Ramires the offender. In it goes, but the Blues clear that one easily enough.

  • 6'

    Careless from Middelsbrough - they give it away through Bailey and can be grateful that the ball didn't fall to Victor Moses, who was lurking on the edge of the area.

  • 5'

    A bit of neat passing from the home side around halfway - it doesn't go anywhere, and in the end defender Friend plays the ball all the way back to his 'keeper.

  • 4'

    Benitez gestures on the touchline as his players try to get the ball towards Torres. Again, Steele is there to collect in the Boro goal.

  • 4'

    However, they are not used to winning at the moment - only one of their last nine league games has ended in victory.

  • 3'

    As you would expect from a Tony Mowbray side, Middlesbrough are trying to do things constructively. Their passing is neat and - most of the time - they look to play the ball to feet.

  • 2'

    Bertrand then finds Ramires. Boro win it back, but then give it away - as does Torres seconds later.

  • 2'

    The home side hoist a ball forward down the middle, and John Terry is there with a header.

  • 1'

    Bertrand comes forward for the Blues, but that ball will go all the way through to Boro keeper Steele.

  • 1'

    Referee Martin Atkinson gets proceedings going, and the ball is soon back with visiting 'keeper Cech.

  •  

    The captains are shaking hands in the centre circle. Chelsea will get us under way.

  •  

    A couple of minutes remaining until kick-off at the Riverside. There's a good crowd, and a good atmosphere.

  •  

    Benitez, meanwhile, has indicated that he does not expect to remain at Chelsea towards the end of the season, saying: "I will be working hard until the end. We have to try to beat Middlesbrough and then move on. My job is to concentrate on the next game, not the speculation."

  •  

    "Why can't Middlesbrough give Chelsea a really tough game and be competitive? I am sure we will be," he said, praising his players for having "acquitted ourselves pretty well in both games" against top flight sides so far.

  •  

    Mowbray says Boro won't be over-awed - they beat Premier League Sunderland in the Capital One Cup and only lost narrowly to the competition's eventual winners, Swansea.

  •  

    Can Boro add to the uncertainty surrounding last season's Champions League winners? We'll find out at 7.45pm.

  •  

    And this is the team chosen by Rafa Benitez for the Londoners - John Terry is back and Fernando Torres starts: Cech, Ferreira, Ivanovic,Terry, Bertrand, Ramires, Ake, Moses, Oscar, Benayoun, Torres. Subs: Turnbull, Cole, David Luiz, Lampard, Hazard, Marin, Ba.

  •  

    Manager Tony Mowbray has selected this line-up to take on the Blues tonight: Steele, Bailey, Friend, McManus, Bikey, Williams, Haroun, Leadbitter, McDonald, Main, Carayol. Subs: Leutwiler, Zemmama, Emnes, Ledesma, Hines, Miller, Smallwood.

  •  

    Championship Middlesbrough welcome Chelsea to the Riverside tonight hoping for a boost to a season that has gone flat in the last couple of months. Although Boro remain just outside the play-offs, they have won only one league game since December 29.

COMPLETE TEAM CLOSE X
Goal Shot Video
  •  
  • Shots (on goal)

  • tackles

  • Fouls

  • possession

  • Middlesbrough

  • 12(5)

  • -

  • 6

  • 47%

    53%

  • Chelsea

  • 6(2)

  • -

  • 11

Chelsea

Line-up
POS No Name

G

1 Petr Cech

D

2 Branislav Ivanovic

D

19 Paulo Ferreira

D

26 John Terry

D

34 Ryan Bertrand

M

7 Ramires

M

11 Oscar
M
21 Marko Marin

M

13 Victor Moses
D
4 David Luiz

M

30 Yossi Benayoun
M
17 Eden Hazard

M

57 Nathan Ake

F

9 Fernando Torres
 
Substitutes
POS No Name
G 22 Ross Turnbull
D 3 Ashley Cole
D 4 David Luiz
M 8 Frank Lampard
M 17 Eden Hazard
M 21 Marko Marin
F 29 Demba Ba

Match Stats

  • Middlesbrough
  • Chelsea
12(5) Shots (on goal) 6(2)
6 Fouls 11
3 Corner kicks 5
2 Offsides 1
47% Time of Possession 53%
2 Yellow Cards 0
0 Red Cards 0
1 Saves 5