Chelsea progressed to the next round of the FA Cup following a 5-1 destruction of Manchester City on Sunday at Stamford Bridge. The Blues started off like a house on fire and looked to punish the understudy-dominated City side from the onset. In the 13th minute, Pedro was unlucky to see his attempt hitting the upright.
Both sides exchanged some evenlymatched blows but lacked the final touches. In the 35th minute, Diego Costa nodded home from close range after some patient build-up to put his side in front. It did not take long for the Citizens to find their equaliser as two minutes later, Kelechi Iheanacho gathered the ball well on the right edge of the box to calmly set up David Faupala and the latter forced the ball into the net.
Willian proved to be a thorn in City’s defense on several occasions but failed to find the goal to show for it by the end of the half. Soon after the restart, Willian finally found his goal. In the 48th minute, Eden Hazard played a nice pass into the path of the Brazilian and the rest was history.
City looked as though comeback could be on the cards but in the 53rd minute Gary Cahill pasted a shot past Willy Caballero to make it 3-1 and dash any hopes for a Man City fairy tale. The visitors continued to flirt with danger and things became even worse for the travelling side in the 66th minute when Hazard scored from a free kick to make it 4-1. The Belgian maestro almost bagged his brace from 12 yards out in the 75th minute however Caballero guessed right to deny him his glory.
After the fourth goal, Manuel Pellegrini’s players did not put up that much of a fight and suffered yet another blow when substitute Bertrand Traore flicked past Caballero to make it 5-1 as Guus Hiddink’s charges booked a ticket to the quarter-finals of the FA Cup.