Four days after eliminating Atlético in the last 16 of the Champions League (in the quarterfinals the ‘blues’ will be measured against Porto), Chelsea reached the semi-finals of the FA Cup after defeating Sheffield United, bottom of the Premier League and who had more chances in the second part (2-0). Kepa Arrizabalaga, a starter under sticks, had an outstanding performance in several interventions.
Thomas Tuchel made 9 changes from the starting eleven he played against Atlético. His Chelsea suffered in the second half, but in the end Norwood’s own goal in the first half and Ziyech’s goal at the end of the match allowed the Premier quarter to reach the FA CUP semi-finals, for which they are already qualified. Manchester City and Southampton. This afternoon Leicester-Manchester United closes the quarters.
It was Sheffield United that had the first chance, a header from Jagielka after a corner kick, but Kepa, who started this FA Cup match, saved the ball without problems. Meanwhile, Chelsea was having a hard time finding spaces in a first period in which they did not have much clarity in attack.
But in the 24th minute, Thomas Tuchel’s men were blessed with an own goal by Oliver Norwood in his attempt to clear a long shot. It was a harsh punishment for a Sheffield United who at the end of the first half was able to tie in a shot from Norwood himself.
He began to dominate Chelsea intensely after the break and Christian Pulisic was able to score the second goal after a good dribble, but the American failed to define. Meanwhile, Sheffield United began to create danger, seeking the feat of eliminating the fourth-placed Premier from the FA Cup.
The truth is that the best opportunities in the second half were from a Sheffield United that seems doomed to decline in the English championship but who sought the feat against Chelsea. Thus, there were up to 3 occasions for David McGoldrick, one for Oliver McBurnie and, finally, another for Rhyan Brewster.
But, in the last gasp of the match, it was Hakim Ziyech (who already scored against Atlético) who scored Chelsea’s second goal, culminating with quality on a good ‘blues’ counterattack. This is the law of football, as the unfortunate Sheffield United was able to verify once again, 14 points from salvation in the Premier and now eliminated from the FA Cup.