Chelsea outclass spirited Wolves

Chelsea booked their place in the FA Cup quarter-finals after battling past a spirited Wolves with a 2-0 win at Molineux on Saturday.

  • Wolves 0 Chelsea 2
  • Saville hits the upright early on
  • First half finishes goalless
  • Pedro hands Blues lead after break
  • Costa seals cup progress late on

Match Summary

The first hour of the match was an evenly-contested affair for the most part, with the Blues' highly-rated attack stifled by Paul Lambert's side.

Pedro eventually broke the deadlock midway through the second half with an accurate header after being found by Willian. Diego Costa then sealed the win in the final minute of regulation time with a clinical finish.

Full Report

Wolves come within inches of taking the lead in the fourth minute when Kurt Zouma failed to clear a cross and the ball fell to George Saville, only for the midfielder to blast his shot against the upright.

The visitors had their first real chance in the 12th minute when Cesc Fabregas found Willian, but the Brazilian's lobbed shot failed to trouble Carl Ikeme in the Wolves goal.

The remainder of the first half produced few chances, as the home team's midfield kept the opposition at arms' length throughout.

Antonio Conte's men did have one final opportunity on the stroke of half-time when Victor Moses' run down the right flank opened up a pocket of space for Costa, but the striker's effort was wayward.

After the break, Chelsea's strategy seemed to be focused on taking pot-shots from range, but Fabregas and Zouma failed to trouble Nigerian keeper Ikeme.

The Blues' class finally shone through on 65 minutes when Willian spotted Pedro's late run and the Spaniard's header found the bottom corner of the net.

With 10 minutes left to play, Fabregas opened up the Wolves defence with a superb ball over the top for Willian, but despite a deft first touch, the Brazilian was closed out by the defenders.

In the final moments of the match, Eden Hazard – who had a quiet match by his standards – played in Fabregas, but the Spanish midfielder's shot went wide.

There was time left for one last Blues attack, though, and with one minute left on the clock Costa showed his worth in front of goal with a calm finish after Fabregas' pass deflected off a Wolves player in the box.