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American Exports: Spector, Birmingham fall to Chelsea
AMSTERDAM — A few Americans suited up in England on Tuesday night, with Jonathan Spector and Birmingham City bowing out of the FA Cup after second-half goals propelled guests Chelsea to a 2-0 replay victory.
The US handyman went the distance at right back, putting in a solid shift against Spanish ace Juan Mata. Spector threatened to open the scoring with a half-volley from long range midway through the opening frame, but Petr Cech gathered himself to avoid disaster. The American could not, however, prevent Mata scoring from a scramble on 54 minutes. Chelsea finished off the win with a Raul Mereilles free kick beauty at the hour.