FA Cup — 28 February 2013

Chelsea boss Rafa BenitezChelsea have made it through to the quarter-finals of the FA Cup with a 2-0 victory at Middlesbrough.

The victory means that the Blues will face Manchester United in the last eight of the competition.

Chelsea started the brighter of the two teams with Brazilian playmaker Oscar looking good in the early stages.

The youngster fired in a cross that neither Yossi Benayoun nor Ramires could get on the end of. Fernando Torres fired an almost identical cross across the face of goal, but again nobody could get on the end of it.

Australian striker Scott McDonald missed the best opportunity of the first half for Boro, heading wide from a superb Nicky Bailey cross.

The home keeper Jason Steele didn’t have a first half save to make, but Chelsea turned up the pressure in the second half. The Blues pressure paid off in the 51st minute. Benayoun played the ball into the edge of the penalty area and Ramires fired at goal, only for his effort to deflect off Fernando Torres and beat Steele in the Boro goal.

Chelsea could have doubled their advantage soon afterwards, as Victor Moses broke into the box and fired a cross-come-shot across the face of the goal. Moses did double the Blues advantage on 73 minutes though, the Nigerian international poking home from close-range to seal the victory.

Chelsea will now face Manchester United in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup; it’s definitely the glamour tie of the last eight.


This game may be slightly better remembered for Rafa Benitez’s outburst in the press conference after the game. Benitez accused his own fans of wasting their time, because they were protesting against him and not supporting their team.

The Spaniard also complained about him being tagged as the Chelsea interim boss. The former-Liverpool boss won’t be at Stamford Bridge next season that’s for sure.

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