VIDEO: Chelsea 3 – 0 Newcastle United [FA Cup] Highlights 2017/18
Chelsea bobbed once more from their EFL Cup semi-last thrashing to book a FA Cup fifth-round spot by beating Newcastle United 3-0 at home.
Michy Batshuayi struck a first-half support as Chelsea traveled into the fifth round of the FA Cup with an agreeable 3-0 victory over a dull Newcastle United at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.
The striker is supposed to take off on advance in front of Wednesday’s exchange due date however exhibited his goalscoring capacity with a twofold to enable the Blues to skip over from their midweek EFL Cup semi-last frustration against Arsenal.
Antonio Conte has been connected with a series of strikers, including Edin Dzeko, Andy Carroll and Ashley Barnes, in an offer to include move down for Alvaro Morata, however on this proof the appropriate response may lie nearer to home.
Chelsea led the pack after a low-rhythm opening half-hour, Eden Hazard and Marcos Alonso consolidating to tee up Batshuayi after Pedro’s long leave opened Newcastle behind.
Batshuayi recorded his tenth objective of the season in all rivalries in a matter of seconds before the break, Jamaal Lascelles’ endeavored obstruct from the Belgian’s shot circling the ball over goalkeeper Karl Darlow and in.
Alonso’s heavenly 25-yard free-kick wrapped up the triumph and Chelsea’s unbeaten keep running at final laps to 15 matches, while Newcastle’s shocking FA Cup record proceeds, with the Magpies last achieving the fifth round in 2006.
Gary Cahill’s confused header from a Hazard corner was the main assaulting occurrence of a poor opening 20 minutes, with Dwight Gayle having flopped in an early endeavor to win a penalty.
Massadio Haidara, making his first begin of the season at left-back, beat Davide Zappacosta and conveyed a fine cross for Jonjo Shelvey, yet the midfielder’s volleyed exertion was effectively pivoted the post by Willy Caballero.
Chelsea had scarcely undermined however the Premier League champions softened the halt up the 31st moment.
Pedro’s long ball was consummately weighted for Hazard to sit tight for Alonso’s run and the wing-descended into sin the ball into the way of Batshuayi to opening home into the vast objective.
Antonio Rudiger relatively nestled into incredible strike, the protector seeing his shot blur wide of the far post in the wake of gathering a cross-field Hazard pass and cutting inside off the correct flank.
Pedro and Hazard consolidated again for Chelsea’s second in the 44th moment, the Belgian liberating countryman Batshuayi for a capable low strike that circled over the deplorable Darlow in the wake of taking a major avoidance off Lascelles.
Caballero made recoveries from Shelvey and Chancel Mbemba on the very edge of half-time to secure the Blues’ two-objective lead and Pedro terminated barely finished the crossbar soon after the restart.
Darlow made a gigantic spare to keep out Alonso’s avoided volley however the goalkeeper was left defenseless from the safeguard’s free-kick in the 72nd moment.
Alonso has cut out a notoriety for being one of the Premier League’s finest set-piece takers and his seventh objective of the season in all rivalries was a stunner, a 25-yard styler that twisted out of Darlow’s compass.
In spite of the fact that Darlow twice denied Batshuayi his cap trap, a three-objective lead enabled Conte to present Ross Barkley for his home introduction while youths Ethan Ampadu and debutant Callum Hudson-Odoi were given cameos, yet the Italian will probably need promote squad augmentations before the conclusion of the exchange window.