Chelsea started their FA Cup 5th round clash against Manchester City as firm favourites as they look ahead to a Wednesday night Champions League clash in Kiev, the Citizens handed out debuts to five players.
With a lively start to the game, it took until the twelfth minute for the first clear cut chance as Pedro played a brilliant one-two with his Spanish team mate Cesc Fabregas to put Pedro in on goal as he tried to dink the ball over Willy Caballero but was denied, only by the post.
After dominance from the Blues in territory and possession, it finally told as Fabregas found a ball over the top of the City defence to find Hazard who looped it into Costa who headed in to make it 1-0 in the 35th minute.
But just 2 minutes later City equalised against the run of play after good build up play, Iheanacho found space in the Chelsea box and Azpilicueta’s attempted clearance rebounded off Faupala for it to go in the back of the net to make it 1-1.
With the game in full flow now the Blues had another golden opportunity after more brilliant build up play with Fabregas at the heart of it Pedro found space but was stopped by a fantastic save from Caballero.
Soon after the restart the Blues were back on top, after a quick break Eden Hazard was able to slide Willian into space in behind the City defence and the Brazilian placed the ball past Caballero’s far post and make it 2-1.
Just five minutes later, after yet more Chelsea pressure, a deflected cross and a kind bounce found Gary Cahill in space just inside the box to smash the ball home and extend the Blues lead to 3-1.
Past the hour mark called for Eden Hazard to add to his two assists with a goal. After his driving run the Belgian was brought down by Demichelies. And Hazard went on to take the kick, he struck the ball towards the keepers side, and with pace and power wrong footed Cabballero for the ball to be nestled in to the bottom right corner to take the score to 4-1.
Within 5 minutes of his introduction Bertrand Traore won a penalty for the Blues after being barged over by Demichelies in the box. Only to have the ball taken off him by fellow substitute Oscar to take the spot kick. The Brazilian took a stuttering run up only to have his penalty fantastically saved by Caballero high to his right to keep the score at 4-1.
After more brilliant build up play, Hazard found yet more room in the City box to pick out Bertrand Traore but the forwards stretched shot could only find the far post and bounce clear. Just one minute before the end of normal time though Traore got his goal, after the ball found its way out wide left to Oscar the playmaker whipped the ball in towards Traore and the Burkina Faso international managed to loop his header over the City keeper and in off the far post to make it 5-1 to Chelsea.
A brilliant performance from the Blues sees them sail through to the FA Cup quarter finals with a 5-1 victory over Manchester City.