Manchester City managed to beat Chelsea for the first time this season after knocking Mourinho’s men out of the FA Cup. Goals from City striker Stefan Jovetic and the returning Samir Nasri ensure that the Manchester side will progress to the quarter finals of the FA Cup.
Without a doubt Manchester City started as the better side and began to dominate. Yaya Toure decided to strike a powerful 20-yard shot which troubled Petr Cech in the Chelsea goal. The power of the shot saw the ball squirm out of the hands of Cech and fell kindly into the path of Jovetic, the Montenegro International looked destined to score however his chipped effort clipped the top of the crossbar. Certainly Chelsea were very fortunate that the scoreboard remained level.
Minutes later City were ahead via a first time strike from Jovetic. David Silva played a perfectly crafted ball into Edin Dzeko, The Bosnian was aware of the run of Jovetic who hit a first time shot into the far corner. 1-0 City
Edin Dzeko almost doubled City’s advantage.Once again City looked threatening whilst attacking and the ball found Dzeko who was in a marvellous position. He attempted to curl the ball into the top left corner.
The blue of Chelsea were unable to craft any real chance with the notable creative plate such as Hazard and Willian were unable to have a real impact on the game. Moments before the half-time whistle City almost scored for the second time and yet again it was Edin Dzeko who had the chance. James Milner drove down the right-hand channel before delivering a fierce cross across the face of the goal. Only a touch was required to score however Dzeko was unable to connect with the ball.
Jose Mourinho decided to introduce January signing Mohammed Salah to the affair, replacing g Chelsea’s only recognised striker Samuel Eto’o.
Manchester City continued the second half in similar fashion to the first, and City were dominating the share of possession. Clearly this meant that Salah didn’t have an real opportunity to impact the game, therefore Mourinho decided to make a second replacement. Fernando Torres replaced Ramires.
The next goal obviously possessed vital importance which could change the course of the game. It was Pellegrini’s side who managed to score the all-important goal. A swift flowing City move saw Silva breaking Chelsea’s defensive line and setting up Nasri for a simple finish. Initially the goal appeared to be fine, however replays showed that Silva was in an offside position when he received the ball.
With the last throw if his dice the “Special One” decided to replace Willian with Oscar in an attempt to salvage something from the game.
Chelsea were almost victim of a third goal but their blushes was saved thanks to the flag of assistant referee. The ball fell nicely to Lescott who managed to squeeze the ball I to the back of the net, however the out of favour City defender was in an offside position.
The game finished 2-0 City.
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