Terrace View – City reach Final – By Billie Marshall

Defending champions Chelsea were eliminated from the FA Cup after a highly entertaining semi-final defeat to 2010/11 winners Manchester City
A breathless match of football saw both sides focus on their attacking strengths in a game that could of gone either way.

Chelsea chose to start without Frank Lampard and John Terry, the first time since 2006 the pair were not in a semi final for the blues.

Both sides had chances in an open game, but it was a bit of luck after a strong run from Yaya Toure that enabled Samir Nasri a simple finish
Sergio Aguero doubled City’s advantage shortly after the break as his looping header went in off the post.

Demba Ba did get one back for the defending champions, but his acrobatic finish was not enough to inspire a Chelsea comeback despite relentless late pressure.

In an end to end opening to the game, it was City who had the first sight at goal. Gareth Barry picked up a loose ball and fired goal wards before Sergio Aguero smartly stuck out a foot to force a good save from Petr Cech.

The continued energy of the game carried on throughout the half. When City goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon mis-judged a flighted free-kick, Eden Hazard volleyed goal bound only for Captain Vincent Kompany to head off the line.

In a first foray forward for the Ivorian, Yaya Toure burst from midfield to set up Samir Nasri, who’s attempted pass ricocheted back into his path for a simple finish from six yards.

Juan Mata went close when his curled effort went narrowly wide shortly after, as Chelsea looked for a quick reply.
Moments before the half time whistle, a counter attack from City left Chelsea outnumbered at the back but James Milner’s cross was poor, and Kompany’s follow up effort was lashed wide.

City doubled their advantage moments into the second half. Gareth Barry’s in-swinging cross found the head of Sergio Aguero, who scored via the post after the Argentine’s good movement evaded the marking of the Chelsea right back.

Chelsea got a goal back soon after. A long ball from David Luiz was allowed to bounce in the City penalty area and Demba Ba acrobatically volleyed Chelsea back into the game.

Chelsea began dominating play as they searched for an equaliser. Costel Pantilimon first used all of his 6 ft 8 frame to claw the ball away from Juan Mata, before saving brilliantly from Demba Ba after an Hazard cut back.

Despite the pressure, City looked dangerous on the counter attack with Toure again going close after another bursting run cut open the Chelsea defence.

Sergio Aguero was arguably lucky to have stayed on the pitch when a late challenge on David Luiz seemed to be two footed, but was not spotted by official Chris Foy.

Chelsea continued their relentless pressure on the City goal but were unable to find a way through as the defending champions exited the competition.

It is the 2nd FA Cup final in three years for City as they look to end the season on a high following disappointing league and European cup campaigns.

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