Manchester United, Chelsea in FA Cup semis

March 8th, 2009 - 2:36 pm ICT by IANS  

London, March 8 (DPA) Manchester United and Chelsea marched into the semi-finals of the English FA Cup with resounding victories.
Cup favourites United stormed to a 4-0 win against Fulham, while Chelsea cruised to a 2-0 victory away to Coventry City, Staurday.

United left out Cristiano Ronaldo for the trip to London but were in rampant mood as they ripped past Roy Hodgson’s side with a superb performance.

Carlos Tevez headed them in front after 20 minutes and then took advantage of poor defending to make it 2-0 with a curling finish 10 minutes before half-time.

More shoddy defending allowed Wayne Rooney time and space to find the corner five minutes into the second half, and Park Ji Sung completed the rout with the fourth, again feeding off poor defending to slot the ball home.

At Coventry, Didier Drogba put Chelsea ahead on 15 minutes and Alex made sure of the victory with the second 18 minutes from the end.

Coventry had beaten Blackburn Rovers in the previous round but when Drogba fired past two players on the line to put Chelsea ahead, they always faced an uphill battle.

Defender Alex then put the tie to bed with the second goal, finishing off a fine counter-attacking move after a great cross from Ricardo Quaresma.

Manager Guus Hiddink was delighted with the contribution of Drogba, who has excelled since the Dutchman took over from Luiz Felipe Scolari.

“He is dangerous. He is working very hard and he is good for the team,” Hiddink said.

“There are still some little things that he needs to improve on, but he is working on them in sessions outside of training which he likes.”

Coventry manager Chris Coleman said he was pleased with the way his side attacked Chelsea, but rued the mistakes that led to the first goal.

“You don’t want to give a team like that the chance that we did,” he said.

“It was a clinical finish but after that I though we did well always pushing up at

them. The ball just didn’t bounce our way.”

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