Chelsea beat hard-fighting Sheffield United to secure FA Cup semi-final berth (Match Report)

Chelsea advanced to the FA Cup semi-finals after beating Sheffield United at Stamford Bridge.

The Blues opened the scoring after 24 minutes when Mason Mount’s corner down the right side found Ben Chilwell unmarked on the edge of the box and the full-back’s left-footed shot deflected off Oliver Norwood to go behind Aaron Ramsdale’s net.

The Blades came close to equalising twice in the second half with David McGoldrick who failed to head the ball in goal following a beautiful cross by John Lundstram down the right flank.

McGoldrick also didn’t manage to beat Kepa Arrizabalaga with a clever shot down the left flank.

And so Chelsea put the tie to bed on the second minute of stoppage time when Chilwell delivered a crisp cross from the left and found Hakim Ziyech who got a beautiful touch and beat Ramsdale to send the west Londoners to the semi-finals.

Chelsea dominated 63 per cent of possession throughout the FA Cup encounter following a late surge by Sheffield United.

The Blues completed 602 passes, which was almost double than the Blades’ 352.

The west Londoners produced a total of eight shots, three of which were on target.

The visitors, on the other hand, got seven shots, four of which were on target

(Watch Video) Ziyech scores! 90+2’… Chelsea 2-0 Sheffield United

Chelsea break into a counter-attack after Sheffield United get dispossessed in midfield.

Chilwell delivers a beautiful cross from the left flank and finds Ziyech who gets a beautiful touch and beats Ramsdale with a fine finish

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(Watch Video) Oliver Norwood scores own goal! 24’… Chelsea 1-0 Sheffield United

Chelsea lead and it’s an own goal from Ollie Norwood.

What an unfortunate moment for Sheffield United, who started well.

Mount delivers a corner-kick from the right side and finds Chilwell outside of the box.

The Chelsea star delivers a left-footed shot that deflects off of Norwood, who was trying to block, and ends behind Ramsdale’s net

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Chelsea and Sheffield United release line-ups: Kepa, Gilmour, Hudson-Odoi make list as Heckingbottom makes five changes for the Blades

Thomas Tuchel has fulfilled his promise to make a few changes by ensuring some of the players who have not featuring for Chelsea are given chance in today’s match against Sheffield United.

The Blues boss said: “I am pretty sure that we will have some changes and give minutes to some guys who have not played too much for us, to show our trust in them and to let them prove themselves. But the goal is clear: we want to win this game and go through to the semi-finals of the FA Cup.”

And, Paul Heckingbottom has made five changes to his side ahead of the FA Cup quarter-final tie against Chelsea.

A trip to Wembley for an FA Cup semi final awaits the winner of today’s clash at Stamford Bridge at the quarter final stage.

Premier League strugglers Sheffield United, who sacked manager Chris Wilder a week ago, are the visitors to west London this afternoon and looking to spring cup shock under caretaker Heckingbottom.

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Real Madrid star marries wife in TRACKSUIT

Real Madrid’s choice goalkeeper Andriy Lunin got married to partner Anastasia in a TRACKSUIT during a civil ceremony at the Ukrainian Embassy in Madrid.

The shot-stopper revealed the news on Instagram, as he tied the knot with his now-wife in a low-key civil ceremony in the Spanish capital.

The Ukrainian, 22, wrote: “A very special and important day in our life. I love you.”

Dressed in all white, Anastasia, also 22, posted: “Husband, love you. The best day of my life.”

The Ukrainian stopper isn’t having the best of seasons in a sporting sense, having only played once, in the Copa del Rey defeat to Alcoyano .

After mixed loan spells at Leganes, Valladolid and Real Oviedo , Lunin has barely had a chance to show the qualities that brought him to the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium in 2018.

(Watch Video) Furious Erling Haaland throws Borussia Dortmund jersey away as club lose ground in Bundesliga

Erling Haaland showed his fury as Borussia Dortmund lost ground in the race to qualify for next season’s Champions League.

Today’s 2-2 draw at Koln saw the Norwegian – linked to Manchester United and Real Madrid -score twice but his team are now four points off fourth place with eight games to go.

It all started so well at RheinEnergieStadion as Haaland picked up a long ball over the top to open the scoring inside the first three minutes.

The 20-year-old showed great strength to round his marker and slot home at the near-post. But 14th-placed Koln bounced back with a penalty from Ondrej Duda and Ismail Jakobs’ powerful strike.

Once again, Haaland showed his marksman talents to rescue a late point for Borussia. An Ansgar Knauff cross was finished off by the striker to avoid a second defeat in three Bundesliga games.

Yet Haaland’s frustration was evident as, with the full-time whistle still blowing, he took off his shirt and threw it away.

He casually tossed it into the arms of opposition defender Jorge Mere and marched straight down the tunnel.

Jude Bellingham was one team-mate seen flat out on the turf as the understandably gutted squad lost control of their top-four fate.

After the game, Haaland’s official Twitter account posted: “Not a great result. We will use this as motivation to be back stronger! Thanks to all the BVB fans for your continued support. We’ll be back soon!”

David Alaba verbally agrees to join Real Madrid as Spanish giants offer him huge wage

David Alaba is set to join Real Madrid after the Spanish giants offered him £165,000 per week and a huge £17million bonus.

The Austria defender has also been linked with Manchester United, City and Chelsea as he seems sure to leave Bayern Munich when his contract expires in the summer.

And according to ABC Deportes, Alaba has ‘verbally agreed’ to join Real Madrid following the huge financial offer tabled by the 13-time European champions.

Speculation has surrounded the future of Madrid’s current centre-backs Sergio Ramos and Raphael Varane, so Alaba could well be seen as a replacement for one of them.

And the wages and bonus being talked about are affordable for Real due to Alaba arriving on a free transfer.

Alaba has spent more than a decade with Bayern in what has been a hugely successful spell at the club.

The Austrian has won nine Bundesliga titles – including eight in a row – and will be looking to make it ten this season with Bayern currently four points clear of RB Leipzig at the top of the table.

Jorginho aims dig at Frank Lampard, reveals how Thomas Tuchel has transformed Chelsea

Chelsea star Jorginho has appeared to fire a shot at previous manager Frank Lampard’s ‘long ball’ tactics.

The Italy international is enjoying life under Thomas Tuchel, with the new boss STILL unbeaten since replacing Lampard at Stamford Bridge.

The Blues are unbeaten in 13 games since the German took over, with Tuchel employing a possession-based game.

Chelsea are also into the quarter-finals of the Champions League, where they will take on Porto.

Speaking to Chelsea’s official website, Jorginho says he is ‘enjoying’ the style of football.

He is usually paired in the middle of the park with Mateo Kovacic or N’Golo Kante.

The 29-year-old said: “The coach wants us having control of the game, playing from behind, even when the pressure comes.

“So, for me, it’s a good way to play football that I like and enjoy, and I think it’s better for my characteristics than playing long balls, and second balls.

“When it’s Kova [Mateo Kovacic], his style is to play short, to come, so I know if he wants to play one-two or when he wants some space to move forward and to dribble.

“So, I just try to help him, either give him the space, or come over to help him and give him an option – whatever he needs to get out of the situation.

“With Kante, it’s kind of the same. When you play with your mates, you need to understand each other, and understand their characteristics as well. So, I know that Kante has big power, so I tell him when he can turn.

“With Kante, it’s more about talking: ‘Turn!’ ‘Man on!’ or talking so he knows I’m there for the short pass. So, I just try to give him an option to do a one-two and get out.

“Oh yes, big brains [Kante and Kovacic have big brains]. They have more legs than me, though!”

Chelsea defender involved in car crash, smashes his £200,000 Mercedes into lamp post

Chelsea loanee Malang Sarr was lucky to avoid injury after he smashed his £200,000 Mercedes into a lamp post.

The 22-year-old – who joined the Blues last summer before being loaned out to Porto – crashed his car shortly after leaving training.

According to Portuguese news outlet Record, the centre-back lost control of his vehicle just 100 metres after departing Porto’s training ground.

They state that the accident involving the France youth international occurred on Wednesday in the early afternoon.

Initial reports stated that Sarr’s team-mate Moussa Marega was also in the car, however those claims have been shut down by Record.

Sarr is said to have walked away from the accident unscathed after the airbags deployed, however his Mercedes was bashed up.