Chelsea breeze past a youthful Man City into FA Cup Quarters

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Updated: February 21, 2016

An impressive performance by the Blues saw them win the FA Cup knockout tie against Manchester City with a hefty 5-1 scoreline to progress to the quarterfinals. Goals from Costa, Willian, Cahill, Hazard and Traore ensured that the Blues put in a five-star show in front of the home fans.

Chelsea started out very brightly, with Pedro hitting the post with less than a quarter of an hour gone. The Blues soon took control of the midfield with Fabregas and Pedro involving in some good interchanges with the latter making very good runs.

With 35 minutes gone, Chelsea finally took the lead which was a long time coming. Fabregas’ lofted pass was met by Hazard who played it first time to Costa who was waiting at the right place and thumped a header past Caballero.

City responded immediately when Faubala got his first City goal on debut after Azpilicueta failed to block his effort. Chelsea were still the better team, but by the time the referee blew the whistle the game looked set for a replay until Chelsea sparked up front.

And spark they did. A counter-attacking move with a surging Willian run from his own box ended up with a neat finish past Caballero after a one-two with Hazard.

Chelsea soon doubled their lead, when Gary Cahill thumped the ball past Caballero who had seemingly misjudged the effort. It started to look as if Chelsea were looking to take their foot off the pedal and conserve energy, but with half an hour left, more goals looked set to arrive.

Seven minutes after the hour mark, Hazard slotted in a superb free kick to cap off an amazing performance. Oscar missed a penalty shortly afterwards, to continue his poor penalty run.

With one minute to go to full time, Bertrand Traore finished scoring with a wonderful flicked header past the helpless Caballero who had a shocker.

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