Chelsea 1-0 Manchester United
The FA Cup with Budweiser
Sixth Round Proper replay
12.30pm, Monday 1 April 2013
Stamford Bridge, Chelsea FC
Live on ITV1
Winning clubs receive £360,000 from The FA's Prize Fund
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by Chris Hatherall
Petr Cech produced one of the great FA Cup saves as Chelsea beat Manchester United 1-0 in a Sixth Round replay at Stamford Bridge.
Rafael Benitez's side still have a chance to win The Cup for the fifth time in seven seasons after a 49th-minute goal from Demba Ba sent Chelsea through to a Semi-Final against Manchester City at Wembley on Sunday 14 April.
But Cech's incredible save, which denied Javier Hernandez a certain equaliser, could well be the biggest talking point of the day.
With both teams asked to play two games in 48 hours, United striker Robin van Persie warned fans not to expect a classic.
But even so there was plenty to keep supporters entertained at Stamford Bridge in a tie that was earned by Chelsea after they came from 2-0 down at Old Trafford to draw 2-2 in the original fixture.
True, the first half was certainly cagey as both sides took a cautious approach and created few clear-cut chances. But it grew in interest and intensity as the afternoon wore on.
Ba had the first real opportunity for Chelsea, seeing his drilled effort well saved by the legs of David De Gea after 31 minutes.
But in an even opening 45 minutes United also went close when Hernandez collected a clearance from his goalkeeper and saw his long-range shot move in the air and almost catch Cech out.
It was Chelsea who stepped up their intensity after the break, however, and they found themselves ahead within four minutes.
Juan Mata chipped a stunning through-ball over the Untited defence for Ba - who volleyed on the stretch past De Gea for 1-0.
It was a wonderfully-worked goal but the game's defining moment actually came eleven minutes later.
United looked certain to equalise when Danny Welbeck whipped over a perfect cross for the unmarked Hernandez, who met it sweetly with a diving header.
Most of the away end were already standing to celebrate an equaliser when Cech, who appeared to be diving the wrong way, stuck out his left hand and tipped the ball over the bar instead.
It was a quite astonishing save, one of real world class and perhaps one of the best seen in The FA Cup in recent times. So good, in fact, that even Hernandez went over to Cech to congratulate him.
Chelsea should have sealed the match soon after as first Mata shot into the side netting and then Eden Hazard dragged a left-foot effort narrowly wide when he looked certain to make it 2-0.
But they had done enough to clinch victory in a match that will probably be remembered most for Cech's moment of magic.
Cech, Azpilicueta, Ivanovic, Luiz, Cole (Bertrand 21), Mikel, Ramires, Hazard, Mata, Oscar (Moses 90+1), Ba (Torres 90+3).
Substitutes not used: Turnbull, Lampard, Moses, Terry, Benayoun.
De Gea, Jones, Smalling, Ferdinand, Evra, Valencia, Carrick, Cleverley (van Persie 61), Nani (Giggs 65), Hernandez, Welbeck (Young 80).
Substitutes not used: Lindegaard, Powell, Kagawa, Vermijl.
Referee: Phil Dowd