Chelsea 3 – 0 Newcastle United – Chelsea put three past Newcastle, Routine. Blue progress. Same old Magpies. Michy Batshuayi scored twice as Chelsea reached the fifth round of the FA Cup at the expense of Newcastle.
Batshuayi rounded off a superb move to open the scoring before putting the finishing touch to another Chelsea attack just before half-time.
The 2017 finalists had made a slow start until Batshuayi’s opener, with goalkeeper Willy Caballero kept busy with four key first-half saves. Marcos Alonso’s second-half free-kick sealed the win for the home side.
31′ 1 – 0 Michy Batshuayi wraps off a silky move to give Chelsea the lead. A simple finish from eight yards for Michy Batshuayi but this owes much to Pedro. The Spaniard’s sublime ball splits the Newcastle defence and gets them chasing shadows. It allows Eden Hazard to slip a ball inside to Marcos Alonso who toes the ball first-time to Batshuayi, who cannot miss. That old saying – ‘like a knife through butter’. That’s the one for this goal.
- 44′ 2 – 0 Michy Batshuayi doubles! What number will Chelsea be in the draw bag then? Moments after they almost gift Newcastle a route back into the game they effectively end it. Pedro again gets the move flowing, his pass sets Eden Hazard on a mission to run at the away defence who are in big trouble. Michy Batshuayi is in support. He fakes to run across his man but peels away, allowing Hazard to slide him in. Shot, big looping deflection off Jamaal Lascelles and it’s 2-0. The ball looped over Karl Darlow.
- 72′ 3 – 0 Marcos Alonso scores! That free-kick Davide Zappacosta won is well used to say the least. Marcos Alonso, left-footed, whip over the wall, top bin. He blows two kisses to the crowd in celebration. Stylish.