Manchester City inflicted a similar defeat on Chelsea as they cruised through to the FA Cup quarter finals by two goals to nil. The pre-match conferences were dominated by mind games played by Jose Mourinho but this was not apparent on the pitch as the Montenegran striker, Stephan Jovetic slipped through the defence to fire home on the 16th minute. The strker had struggled to get into the team due to a injury-hit season but this seemed to be a promising showing from him. A further second goal on the 67th minute by the substitute, Samir Nasri confirmed the result for last year’s FA Cup finalists.
Mourinho was praised for masterminding a shut-out 1-0 win at the same venue, the Etithad stadium, but this time Chelsea failed to piece together a chalenge to Manchester City’s dominance. Willian was the first to threaten stand-in Pantilimon’s goal but the attempt flew wide of the target. A trip by Kompany led to the first booking of the game, blocking Chelsea’s influential midfielder, Eden Hazard; this seemed to be the only positive for the Chelsea side in the first half. A late first half booking of David Luiz drew the sides to having one yellow card each by the end of the first half.
A second half substitution of the new signing Mohammed Salah for Samuel Eto’o failed to spark a resurgence for Chelsea. Two missed shots by James Milner and scorer Jovetic failed to double the tally, with both firing wide of the target in quick succession.
A switch for Manchester City led to the second goal of the game. Jovetic came off for the Frenchman, Samir Nasri on the 61st minute and he made his presence felt in the game shortly after. A one-two with David Silva gave Nasri the unenviable chance to slot into an open net; he obliged and sent the Etithad into raptures. Perhaps a half-hearted call by David Luiz for an offside denied him the chance to catch up with Nasri in the build up to the goal. A third goal by Manchester City was almost achieved by Joleon Lescott, poking the ball into the roof of the net after a Garcia knockdown, only for the defender to be marginally ruled offside.
Substitutes Fernando Torres and Oscar failed to make an impact on the game for Chelsea, leaving Manchester City with a hard-fought win into the next round of the competition.
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