The team-sheets at Stamford Bridge suggested that it would be men vs boys this afternoon as a star-studded Chelsea side took on Manchester City’s kids in the fifth round of the FA Cup.
Three of Chelsea’s big names combined for their 35th-minute opener as Cesc Fabregas dinked a sublime ball over the top for Eden Hazard, who turned a cross into the area for Diego Costa to finish.
This simple header was Costa’s fourth goal in as many home games for the Blues, and might have opened the floodgates against a young City team which included six teenagers – five full debutants.
But the inexperienced Citizens showed exceptional spirit to find an equaliser within 90 seconds. A lovely move ended with striker David Faupala blocking Cesar Azpilicueta’s clearance over the line.
Manuel Pellegrini has chosen to rest many of his regulars ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League tie against Dynamo Kiev. Based on their first-half performance, a couple of the kids should make the plane!
Half-time: Chelsea 1-1 Manchester City
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