West Ham 2 Manchester U 2
West Ham United 2 Manchester United 2, Boleyn Ground, English FA Cup Third Round, January 5, 2013. Sir Alex Ferguson´s men earned themselves a 2-2 draw against West Ham United at Upton Park in the FA Cup Third Round. James Collins found the net twice for The Irons, while Tom Cleverley and Robin van Persie scored a goal each for the visitors.
Manchester United headed into the clash on the back of a comprehensive 4-0 triumph against Wigan Athletic at DW Stadium, whereas West Ham United had defeated Norwich City 2-1 at Boleyn Ground in their last game. Both teams missed chances before Manchester United and Three Lions midfielder Tom Cleverley converted a dangerous low cross from Mexican forward Javier Hernandez in the twenty-third minute of the third round tie. West Ham stopper James Collins managed to level the score for The Hammers just four minutes later, though, when the Welshman powerfully headed home a centre from Joe Cole. Following the resumption, an excellently delivered cross by Cole found Collins who netted with another fierce header to give West Ham a 2-1 lead fourteen minutes into the second period. With twenty-three minutes remaining of the contest, Sir Alex Ferguson decided to make a double substitution as Netherlands international Robin van Persie and Ecuadorian winger Antonio Valencia replaced Chicharito and Paul Scholes respectively, and it was the Dutchman who hit the final goal of the match as he equalised for Premiership leaders Manchester United in stoppage time with a well placed shot which went past West Ham custodian Jussi Jaaskelainen and into the far bottom corner of the net. West Ham United Team: Jussi Jaaskelainen, Danny Potts, James Tomkins, James Collins, Guy Demel, Joe Cole, Jack Collison, Alou Diarra, Kevin Nolan, Ricardo Vaz Te, Carlton Cole. Substitutes: Jordan Spence, Winston Reid, Matt Taylor, Matt Jarvis, Mark Noble, Elliot Lee, Raphael Spiegel. Manchester United Team: David de Gea, Rafael da Silva, Jonny Evans, Chris Smalling, Nemanja Vidic, Alexander Buttner, Tom Cleverley, Shinji Kagawa, Paul Scholes, Javier Hernandez, Danny Welbeck. Substitutes: Rio Ferdinand, Antonio Valencia, Ashley Young, Ryan Giggs, Federico Macheda, Robin van Persie, Anders Lindegaard.
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