Willian lifts Chelsea into FA Cup last 8

Jessica Allison
February 18, 2018

David Meyler had plenty of distractions as he stepped up to take a penalty against Chelsea in the FA Cup on Friday night.

Giroud scored his first goal for Chelsea as an under-strength Blues side put Hull to the sword with two goals from Willian and another from Pedro. With an eye on Tuesday's Champions League last 16, first leg at home to Barcelona, Chelsea took their foot off the gas in the second half.

"I'm very happy because before the game against Barcelona, I go to my house with many doubts in my mind about what is the best starting XI for the game".

"We played very well from the beginning, scoring a lot and we did a great job".

Giroud nearly got his first goal for his new club inside the 15th minute with a snapshot inside the box. "But we played a good game at the end of a busy period.

Now we have to prepare for the game against Barcelona", he said.

And the Brazilian saluted the overall performance of Chelsea, saying they made the game "easy".

"I said: "don't shoot in the middle because Willy won't move, he stays, ' and then when he missed I said 'I told you".

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Full-time: Chelsea 4-0 Hull City!

Hull improved after the break and did see a David Meyler penalty saved by Willy Caballero but despite the size of the scoreline Nigel Adkins will be pleased with the performance as they nearly matched the Stamford Bridge outfit and had opportunities themselves to give a better reflection for those who only look at the final result. But for the Italian manager, it was the clean sheet which was far more important than the goals feat.

Like number one goalkeeper Allan McGregor all season, Marshall in the Hull goal was largely let down by his defence as they surrendered the ball higher up the pitch.

Emerson managed to find some space down the left-hand side and pulled a low cross back to Giroud who did what he does best and slid the ball beneath Marshall to ensure Chelsea's safe passage into the next round.

Chelsea hardly had to wait for their second goal however, with Pedro hauling down a fine pass from Cess Fabregas, and drilling home.

"MAGIC of the Cup" was a phrase that Hull City manager Nigel Adkins trotted out countless times during the build-up to last night's glamour tie in the capital.

Despite the scoreline, Hull started the second half well and even earned a spot kick.

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