Chelsea 5-1 Chesterfield: Blues cruise through to FA Cup fourth round

Chelsea eased through to the FA Cup fourth round after a commanding 5-1 victory over National League side Chesterfield. Goals inside the opening 20 minutes from Timo Werner, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Romelu Lukaku put Thomas Tuchel’s side well in control at Stamford Bridge. Andreas Christensen and Hakim Ziyech were also on target as the Blues scored five or more goals in a single game for the second time this season. However, Chesterfield did grab a consolation in their first third-round appearance for seven years, as Akwasi Asante struck 10 minutes from time. FA Cup finalists in four of the previous five seasons, Chelsea took the lead after just six minutes. Ziyech’s shot ricocheted into the path of Werner, who found the empty net from close range. Hudson-Odoi doubled the lead spectacularly. Receiving the ball on the left, the winger cut inside before bending a wonderful 25-yard effort into the far corner. Lukaku made it 3-0 inside 20 minutes, the unmarked Belgium international turning home Lewis Hall’s low cross after brilliant persistence by the youngster. Hall was involved again just before half-time. His shot was parried to Christensen, who headed past Scott Loach for only the second goal of his Chelsea career. Ziyech added a fifth from the penalty spot nine minutes after the break; smashing home after Calvin Miller brought down Christian Pulisic. But the visitors did grab a consolation in their first FA Cup tie against Premier League opposition since facing Middlesbrough in the 1996-97 semi-finals, as Asante tapped into an open goal. What does it mean? Chelsea cruise This was the first FA Cup meeting between the sides since the 1949-50 season, when Chelsea ran out 3-0 winners in a fifth-round replay. The Blues enjoyed another commanding success nearly 72 years on and have now only been beaten once in their last 35 games in the competition against teams from outside the Premier League. After a valiant effort at the Bridge, Chesterfield suffer only their second defeat of the season across all competitions. A solid debut for Hall After appearing on the bench on numerous occasions this season, the 17-year-old made his senior debut for Chelsea on Saturday. He impressed down the left flank, demonstrating wonderful persistence to regain possession before putting the ball on a plate for Lukaku’s goal. The England youth international also played a part in Chelsea’s fourth, his low strike being parried straight to Christensen, who headed in the rebound. Ziyech impresses Though playing against a side four divisions lower, Ziyech turned in a very professional performance for the hosts. A constant threat going forward, no player registered more shots (seven) or efforts on target (six) than the winger, who also made no mistake from the penalty spot as he clinically thumped home. What’s next? Chelsea will find out the identity of their fourth-round opponents in Sunday’s draw. Next up for the Blues is the second leg of their EFL Cup semi-final showdown with Tottenham on Wednesday.

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