Juan Mata hails David de Gea's save

Mata hails De Gea's save
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Juan Mata hails David de Gea for the save that prevented him from sending Chelsea through to the FA Cup semi-finals.

Chelsea attacker Juan Mata has praised his fellow Spaniard David de Gea after the Manchester United goalkeeper pulled off a late save to deny him a goal during yesterday's 2-2 draw in the FA Cup quarter-final at Old Trafford.

The Blues had battled back from a two-goal deficit against the league leaders and would have advanced through to the semi-finals had De Gea not stuck out his foot to turn away Mata's curling effort from close range.

"That touch from De Gea's foot. I could almost see the ball inside the goal, but David stopped it. What a save! Soon afterwards the match finished, leaving us with a bittersweet feeling," Mata wrote on his blog page.

"Our performance was commendable after trailing 2-0, but at the same time we were so close to winning the match. From a spectator's point of view I think it was a great football game. On the pitch, I can say it was very intense and, especially in the second half, I really enjoyed it."

As a result, the two teams will now meet again at Stamford Bridge, with the victor to face Manchester City in the last four.

Ramires is congratulated by team mates Oscar and Juan Mata after scoring the equaliser against Manchester United in the FA Cup quarter final on March 10, 2013
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