Sunday, 10 March 2013

EPL and FA Cup LIVE Coverage:

Hello and welcome to my latest blog post, where I have LIVE Coverage of two EPL matches and 1 FA Cup Quarter-Final.

EPL Action:

Newcastle United 1 Stoke City 1 - LIVE

Liverpool 1 Tottenham Hotspur 1 - LIVE

FA Cup 6th Round: 

Manchester United 2 Chelsea 0 - LIVE Commentary: 

20: The hosts United are leading by 2 goals to nil at Old Trafford against a fatigued Chelsea side who played in Romania in the Europa League Last 16 on Thursday and lost 1-0. 

United also played during midweek on Tuesday, and crashed out of the Champions League to a 2-1 loss against Real Madrid. Both sides will be desperate to win today's fierce encounter, because the winner will progress to the semi-finals of the FA Cup.

At the moment, United are looking the brighter of the two sides, with goals from Javier Hernandez and Wayne Rooney putting the hosts 2-0 ahead within the first 15 minutes of the match.

Early opener: Hernandez latches onto a great cross by Carrick to head United 1-0 ahead at home.

Favourite team to play against? Hernandez celebrates his  goal against Chelsea.
 





TEAM LINE-UPS:

United: De Gea, Da Silva, Evans, Ferdinand, Evra, Carrick, Cleverley, Nani, Kagawa, Rooney, Hernandez. 
Subs: Amos, Valencia, Anderson, Vidic, Young, Welbeck, van Persie.

Chelsea: Cech, Azpilicueta, Luiz, Cahill, Cole, Ramires, Lampard, Moses, Mata, Oscar, Ba. 
Subs: Turnbull, Ivanovic, Torres, Mikel, Hazard, Terry, Bertrand.


23: United come close to killing the match off, after a probing cross by Nani falls to Mexican striker Javier Hernandez who taps the ball with pace towards goal, but it is wide of the post.

25: United are looking very comfortable in possession now, with Carrick, Cleverley, Nani and Kagawa all passing the ball well with no real Chelsea pressure.

30: Striker Demba Ba goes on the counter attack for Chelsea, and is free with space ahead of him.... he shapes to shoot... COMFORTABLE SAVE!! by De Gea.

32: Chelsea are suddenly getting back into the match, having slightly more possesion and pressing the United midfield when they lose the ball.  
Looks encouraging from The Blues....  

40: Chelsea full-back Cesar Azpilicueta is booked by referee Howard Webb after a bodycheck on Javier Hernandez who was going on a pacy run.

45: Luis Nani is limping uncomfortably.... he is going to be replaced after suffering a knock.
45+1: Manchester United SUB:
Luis Nani OFF
Antonio Valencia ON   

45+2: Howard Webb blows his whistle to end the first-half action at Old Trafford.  
Chelsea are trailing by 2 goals to nil away from home against United, and they could be further behind if United took more of their chance...  

17:50:

60: Chelsea are suddenly back into this match, with substitute and Belgian winger Eden Hazard scoring a curling wonder goal from 20 yards out in which Spainsh goalkeeper David De Gea had no chance to halve the 2-0 lead to 1.

17:52 - Full-time: Liverpool 3 Tottenham Hotspur 2 (Match Report to come)

65: Sir Alex Ferguson is making a substitution to try and extend the lead now, with Robin van Persie replacing Javier Hernandez.


70: United are ultimately punished for putting their foot off the pedal during the first-half, with Brazil midfielder Ramires not being marked before finding space to shoot past De Gea across to his left, into the bottom corner of the net. 
2-2, and Chelsea are making a game of this now. 

75: United SUB:
Shinji Kagawa OFF
Danny Welbeck ON

Fresh legs for United, with Welbeck playing in a supporting role just behind van Persie.  

78: United are pressing for that winning goal, with a shot blocked out for a corner. The resulting corner comes of nothing, and the ball goes out for a throw-in. Before this, Benitez is going to make a change.
Chelsea SUB:
Demba Ba OFF
Fernando Torres ON  

80: 10 minutes remain for either United or Chelsea to score a late winner at Old Trafford now... the match is getting tense and dramatic every minute! 

86: Chelsea have a dangerous corner with 4 minutes to play now as Torres goes on the counter and gets into space before having his shot blocked by young United defender Jonny Evans. 

87: The corner is headed away by Valencia, and United push the ball up the field now. 

89: Chelsea are now parked inside the United box, pressing the defence.
David Luiz crosses the ball into the box for central midfielder Juan Mata who controls it well before having a shot towards goal.... WELL SAVED!!! by the legs of De Gea!  

90: The fourth official has signalled for 4 minutes of stoppage time to be added on at the end of the match now...

90+2: United are probing with a throw-in in a dangerous position, Rafael to take... 

90+3: Ramires heads the ball clear and The Blues go on a counter attacking break with Torres, Mata and Oscar all running with purpose.  
Torres has a shot towards goal..... SAVED!! by David De Gea. 

90+4: Hazard and Oscar both have shots, but De Gea is equal to both of them with ease and Howard Webb blows his whistle to end the action at Old Trafford.
A replay is needed to separate these two teams, with Chelsea making a 2 goal comeback to force another match.  

LIVE Semi-final Draw NEXT: 

Millwall or Blackburn Rovers vs Wigan Athletic  
Manchester United or Chelsea vs Manchester City 

Interesting draw there, with Millwall, Blackburn or Wigan guaranteed a place in the final provided they win, with Wigan the favourites out of the 3. 
 
(MORE TO FOLLOW - AS THE DAY CONTINUES)