By James Agberebi: Chelsea booked their place into the quarter-finals of the Emirates FA Cup following an impressive 4-0 bashing of Championship club Hull City on Friday night.
Super Eagles forward Victor Moses was rested and an unused substitute while Ola Aina was ineligible to play for Hull as he is on loan from Chelsea.
First half goals from Willian, who scored a brace, Pedro Rodriguez and new signing Olivier Giroud secured the comfortable win for the Premier League champions.
Willian got Chelsea to a great start two minutes into the game as he burst through on goal before curling in a left-foot strike after a careless give away by Hull close to their area.
Cesc Fabregas had a chance to double Chelsea’s lead on eight minutes but his low left-foot strike was palmed away by for a corner by David Marshall.
In the 14th minute Giroud should have scored from six yards after he was played on side but could not keep his left-foot strike down hitting it just over the bar.
A minute later Fabregas laid a superb through ball to Pedro only for Michael Dawson to deny the Spaniard with a sliding clearance away for a corner.
Giroud went close again on 18 minute but his outstretched leg could not connect with Danny Drinkwater’s low cross.
Pedro made it 2-0 on 27 minutes after coolly brought down Fabregas’ long pass before slotting past the on rushing keeper.
In the 32nd minute Willian made it 3-0 as his low strike came off the foot of the post before nestling inside the net following another poor give away by Hull.
With three minutes remaining in the first half, Giroud finished off a well laid cross by new signing Emerson to take the score to 4-0 as he beat Hull keeper at his near post for his first Chelsea goal since joining in January.
Three minutes into the second half Hull were awarded a penalty after Harry Wilson was fouled but David Meyler’s effort was palmed away by Willy Caballero.
Hull had another chance on 66 minutes through Jackson Irvine whose shot was deflected for a corner.