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FA Cup: Chelsea fight back to earn replay with Man United

March 11, 2013 08:16 IST

Holders Chelsea came from two goals down to draw 2-2 with Manchester United on Sunday and earn a replay of their FA Cup quarter-final, inflicting further pain Alex Ferguson's side who have endured a week to forget.

The hosts, knocked out of the Champions League by Real Madrid on Tuesday after a controversial red card for Nani, took a fifth-minute lead through Javier Hernandez and doubled their lead six minutes late with a Wayne Rooney free kick.

Chelsea's interim manager Rafael Benitez (centre) gestures to his playersJust when United had started to think they could smell a Wembley date, Chelsea pulled one back on 59 minutes through substitute Eden Hazard before Ramires levelled nine minutes later.

The day's other quarter-final will also be replayed after Championship (second division) Millwall and Blackburn Rovers played out a 0-0 draw. ManchesterCity and Wigan Athletic booked their places in the semi-finals on Saturday.

Photograph: Russell Cheyne/Reuters

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