A first-half hat-trick from Oscar helped Chelsea ease past MK Dons in the FA Cup fourth round with a 5-1 win at Stadium:mk on Sunday.
- MK Dons 1 Chelsea 5
- Oscar bags hat-trick before half-time
- Potter briefly restores parity
- Hazard ends goal drought with penalty
- Traore completes Dons rout
Oscar got the Blues off the mark on 15 minutes, but the hosts hit back swiftly with an equaliser from Darren Potter six minutes later, although parity lasted just 11 minutes as the Brazilian restored the lead for Guus Hiddink’s side.
He completed his three-goal haul just before half-time to put the visitors firmly in the driving seat and a penalty from Eden Hazard early in the second half killed off any hopes the Championship club entertained of staging a comeback, with Bertrand Traore completed the rout just after the hour mark.
The visitors could have taken the lead in the opening stages when Diego Costa was presented with a chance right in front of goal, but Dons keeper David Martin pulled off a fantastic save to deny the striker at point-blank range.
Martin was soon called into action again as he kept out a shot from Branislav Ivanovic on the turn, but the keeper was let down by his defence on the quarter-hour mark when Costa latched onto a poor backpass from Kyle McFadzean and fed Oscar to score the opener.
The Dons looked to respond with Samir Carruthers testing visiting keeper Thibaut Courtois, who gathered his shot at the second attempt, but the Belgian was beaten soon afterwards when Potter’s strike deflected past him off Nemanja Matic.
Only the woodwork denied the Blues from regaining the lead after Hazard found himself through on goal, but his shot was turned onto the post by Martin, who was then fortunate to see Costa miss the target from Baba Rahman’s sliding cross.
They didn’t have to wait much longer, though, as Oscar fired the west Londoners back in front on 32 minutes after being played in by Ruben Loftus-Cheek and the Samba star left his best for last, scoring a fine solo effort moments before half-time to earn himself the match-ball.
Oscar took possession on the left flank and cut inside, gliding past three opponents before firing beyond Martin with deadly accuracy.
It was game-over 10 minutes after the restart with the Blues winning a penalty when Hazard went down under a challenge from Potter, and the Belgian converted the resulting spot-kick himself to halt a goal drought that had stretched back 31 games.
Hazard then turned provider seven minutes later, the playmaker cutting the ball back for Traore to fire past Martin and wrap up a comfortable victory for the capital club.