Chelsea CHE Norwood (OG 24'), Ziyech (90+2)
2-0 FT
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FA Cup Quarter-finals
Mar 21, 2021 KO: 13:30

Chelsea - Sheffield Utd

Stamford Bridge London
Referee: Andy Madley
Norwood (OG) 24'  
Ziyech 90+2  

Report & events

Chelsea 2-0 Sheffield United: Rock-solid Blues earn semi-final spot

An own goal in the first half from Oliver Norwood and a Ziyech clincher pushed Thomas Tuchel's side into the last four of the FA Cup

Chelsea's incredible defensive record continued as they were able to grind out a 2-0 win over Sheffield United in the FA Cup and head through to the semi-finals.

It was a game in which Thomas Tuchel's side didn't create too many chances and indeed the visitors, who are rock bottom of the Premier League, had the better of the second half and should have probably equalised.

Chelsea 2-0 Sheffield Utd: Kepa and Pulisic make excellent contributions

But their defensive capabilities came to the fore once again and Tuchel's men have now went over 11 hours at home without conceding a goal.

It was another experimental line-up from the German, opting for three at the back and employing 19-year-old Billy Gilmour in the centre of his midfield.

Christian Pulisic was also brought into the team and the American was Chelsea's most creative player on the day, unlucky not to score in both halves. His quick thinking drew a mistake in the first half and only a good stop from Aaron Ramsdale denied him.

And in the second half his beautiful change of direction took him past three United defenders only for Ramsdale to deny him again.

The first goal of the game came courtesy of a Ben Chilwell strike which deflected off Oliver Norwood and spun into the net, and despite much possession Chelsea couldn't expand on their advantage.

And in the second half David McGoldrick drifted into a perfect position six yards out, but somehow stooped to direct his header wide of the target in what was a guilt-edged chance.

But Chelsea sealed the win in injury time, Chilwell feeding substitute Hakim Ziyech inside the area, who took a touch before slamming low into the corner of the net.

Chelsea join Manchester City and Southampton in the last four of the FA Cup, with Leicester and Manchester United facing off at 17:00GMT.

Chelsea has won the match.
Player IN

  • Substitute in, Lys Mousset.
    Player OUT

  • Substitute out, Jayden Bogle.
    90'
  • Assist
    Assist given by Ben Chilwell.
  • GOAL!!! 2-0
    Goal by Hakim Ziyech.
    90+2'
  • Player IN
    Substitute in, N'Golo Kanté.
  • Player OUT
    Substitute out, Christian Pulisic.
    83'
    Player IN

  • Substitute in, Rhian Brewster.
    Player OUT

  • Substitute out, Oliver Norwood.
    79'
    Player IN

  • Substitute in, Oliver Burke.
    Player OUT

  • Substitute out, Oliver McBurnie.
    75'
  • Player IN
    Substitute in, Hakim Ziyech.
  • Player IN
    Substitute in, Kai Havertz.
  • Player OUT
    Substitute out, Billy Gilmour.
  • Player OUT
    Substitute out, Callum Hudson-Odoi.
    72'
  • Player IN
    Substitute in, Reece James.
  • Player IN
    Substitute in, Cesar Azpilicueta.
  • Player OUT
    Substitute out, Olivier Giroud.
  • Player OUT
    Substitute out, Andreas Christensen.
    63'
  • OWN GOAL!!! 1-0
    Own goal by Oliver Norwood.
    24'