Willian scored twice as Chelsea swept Sheffield Wednesday apart with a 3-Zero victory within the FA Cup fourth spherical.
The winger put the Blues in entrance on 24 minutes after VAR stole the present at Stamford Bridge, after which rounded off the scoring after Callum Hudson-Odoi’s neat strike.
The visiting Championship facet thought that they had an excellent alternative to take the lead following Ethan Ampadu’s problem on Joel Pelupessy, however VAR overruled Andre Marriner’s resolution to award a penalty.
Then a minute later, Sam Hutchinson was penalised for a stamp on Cesar Azpilicueta contained in the field and Willian made no mistake from the spot.
Hudson-Odoi, the 18-year-old ahead who has reportedly handed in a switch request amid curiosity from Bayern Munich, doubled the lead within the second-half.
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He was picked out fantastically by Andreas Christensen earlier than taking two fantastic touches and firing left-footed past the Owls keeper – who maybe ought to’ve carried out higher.
With the sport already gained, Willian mixed fabulously with Olivier Giroud earlier than curling an inch-perfect end into the far-right nook.
Gonzalo Higuain made his first look and Hudson-Odoi doubtlessly his final as Chelsea made eight modifications following final Thursday’s win over Tottenham which noticed them advance to the Carabao Cup ultimate.
Wednesday’s defence supplied up a better resistance than the England batting line-up their incoming boss Steve Bruce has witnessed within the Caribbean.
Bruce insisted on fulfilling his promise to go on a household vacation following the dying of each his dad and mom final yr and watched England’s 381-run first Check loss in Barbados forward of taking over his function at Hillsborough from Friday.
Cricket’s Resolution Evaluation System has largely been a hit, however VAR has had its moments. On this event it was proper, irritating almost 6,000 visiting followers.
When Joey Pelupessy surged via to attempt to meet Steven Fletcher’s move, Ethan Ampadu slid in and gained the ball earlier than being kicked by the Wednesday midfielder. Marriner’s award of a penalty was swiftly overturned by VAR.
Play restarted with a dropped ball, as per the principles, which Wednesday didn’t contest. Quickly that they had conceded a spot-kick.
Blues academy graduate Sam Hutchinson trod on Cesar Azpilicueta. Marriner’s resolution was reviewed, however there was little doubt.
Willian appeared to supply the spot-kick to Higuain, who declined, earlier than the Brazilian despatched goalkeeper Keiren Westwood the mistaken method for his 50th Chelsea aim.
The hosts celebrated in entrance of the Shed Finish, full of visiting followers, a few of whom took exception, with missiles thrown.
Higuain till that pointed had lurked menacingly. He had one half-chance after a move from Mateo Kovacic. He turned and shot, however the ball deflected extensive.
The 31-year-old striker, who had the very best goalscoring season of his profession beneath Sarri at Napoli, netting 36 occasions in 35 Serie A video games, dropped deeper and deeper as the primary half progressed seeking the ball, whereas Hudson-Odoi was a peripheral determine.
Chelsea, as typical beneath Sarri, dominated possession, however little was created with the ball within the ultimate third, whereas Wednesday’s finest probability was a mishit cross by Adam Attain which hit the surface of a put up.
The Blues’ lack of killer intuition has grow to be a well-recognized frustration for the Italian, one he believes Higuain can remedy. He had half probabilities when a Willian cross was deflected away from him and heading an Ampadu cross simply extensive.
Chelsea scored their second when Andreas Christensen’s lengthy move discovered Hudson-Odoi on the suitable. He checked inside, wrong-footing Morgan Fox, and struck a shot which deceived Westwood. His second Chelsea aim may very well be his final.
Chelsea had a 3rd when Willian performed a one-two with Olivier Giroud, on for Higuain, and handed the ball in.
A Giroud overhead kick went extensive and Willian shot off track late on, lacking out on a hat-trick.