Chelsea showed some ruthless form and Eden Hazard scored his first goal of the season as they walloped MK Dons 5-1 in the fourth round of the FA Cup on Sunday.
The Premier League champions put aside their struggles in the league to thrash the league one side and progress to the fifth round of the competition, and also keep them on course to winning the FA Cup yet again under Guus Hiddink, who won the trophy with the club in 2009.
Oscar was the star on the night as his hat-trick inspired the blues to a comfortable win at the Stadium MK.
Chelsea had been dominating from the onset and continued to pile the pressure on the Dons’ defense and a dreadful back pass from an MK Dons defender freed Diego Costa, who squared for Oscar to open the scoring after only 16 minutes of play. 1-0 Chelsea!
The Blues continued their dominance after taking the lead as they kept creating chances and should have doubled their lead just three minutes later but youngster Ruben Loftus-Cheek’s shot went straight to the Dons’ goalkeeper.
Chelsea would go on to rue that miss and MK Dons leveled the score with 21 minutes played as Darren Porter’s long range effort was heavily deflected by Nemanja Matic into the Chelsea net for the equalizer.
Three minutes later, Chelsea should have recovered their advantage but Hazard’s poor run in front of goal continued as he found himself with only the Dons’ goalkeeper at his mercy but he only managed a poor shot which went straight at the keeper and hit the post and bounced away to safety.
Chelsea continued to dominate and create chances but they kept throwing the chances away until the 32nd minute, when Oscar was play through by Loftus-Cheek inside the box and the Brazilian scored with a cool finish to help Chelsea retake the lead. And that was his first brace for Chelsea in a year.
As if the 2-1 lead wasn’t enough, Chelsea kept piling the pressure and Hazard and Oscar – who was on a hat-trick – both conspired to miss chances that would have increased their lead.
But at the cusp of half time, Oscar got his hat-trick as he cut in from the left and without any challenger in sight, went on to lay one into the top corner for his and Chelsea’s third goal of the night.
MK Dons returned to the second half determined to pile some pressure of theirs on the Chelsea defense and it paid off instantly as they won a corner inside the first five minutes of the second half but Samir Caruthers’ corner was perfectly handled by Thibaut Courtois.
Soon after however, Chelsea regained their dominance and they were awarded a penalty after Hazard was brought down by a Dons defender. The Chelsea number 10 stepped up to take it following instructions from Captain John Terry and he made no mistakes from 12 yards, his first goal since last May. His celebration would have warmed the fans’ hearts as he kissed the badge, amid reports he is set for a summer departure.
With the game all but over, Chelsea replaced Diego Costa with Bertrand Traore, the Burkinabe getting a rare first team appearance. He would however register his name on the score-sheet five minutes later as he sealed what proved to be a comprehensive win for Chelsea.