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Match report: MK Dons 1 Chelsea 5

A memorable first-half hat-trick from Oscar, Eden Hazard’s 50th Chelsea goal and Bertrand Traore’s first for the club secured a very safe passage into the FA Cup fifth round.

MK Dons, on this the first competitive meeting between the clubs, were briefly level at 1-1 after Oscar’s opener but once the lead had been restored we did not look back.    

The Championship team’s set-up seemed powerless to stop the Blues attacking at will and in numbers and in truth the 3-1 half-time score could have been twice as heavy in our favour but for some sharper finishing. Hazard had a shot saved onto the post and Diego Costa could have kept his goal-run going.

When Hazard did find the net it was from the penalty spot after he had been fouled, and Traore’s quality maiden strike came only a few minutes after the Burkina Faso international had been introduced into the action. The 28,127 watching on is a record crowd in this stadium for football.

Guus Hiddink’s team selection against Scunthorpe in the previous round had already left no doubts he is again taking this competition seriously and this was again a side packed with experience, although there were starts for Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Baba Rahman. Hazard was back in the 11, as was Gary Cahill. Diego Costa led the line while in goal Thibaut Courtois was retained. Asmir Begovic had played the third round.

Quite how Diego Costa did not put the Blues ahead after just two minutes he will no doubt be asking himself but with the MK Dons defence having been opened by Oscar down the right, it appeared a simple side-foot finish for the man with six goals in his last six outings. David Martin, in the home side’s goal, somehow pulled off a remarkable save. It set the pattern for much of the first half and Oscar himself scuffed a chance from a similar position not long after.

The next Chelsea attack broke down outside the Dons penalty area and Rob Hall found space to break forward with the ball and did it well until clipped when trying to get round John Terry. The Chelsea wall stayed solid and blocked the free-kick that followed.

Branislav Ivanovic had a shot blocked as Chelsea worked a corner well before Loftus-Cheek hit a promising cross over to the back post that neither Diego Costa nor Hazard could work into a clear shooting chance before Oscar did strike for goal, but again he sent the ball wide.

It was third time lucky for the Brazilian after an MK Dons error out wide allowed Diego Costa to run at goal. He unselfish supplied Oscar who this time did not miss. The Blues had taken 15 minutes to turn superiority into a tangible advantage.

We almost doubled that moments later through Loftus-Cheek as we attacked in numbers but Martin saved, as did Courtois from Dean Bowditch.

Our keeper however was left helpless on 21 minutes when Dons’ midfielder Darren Potter tried his luck from long range and his luck was in. The ball took a heavy deflection off Nemanja Matic to loop over the Belgian and level this cup-tie. 

Chelsea’s chance to quickly restore the lead was crafted by a brilliant Fabregas pass that sent Hazard racing clear. Surely this was to be his first goal of the season but instead his shot was touched onto the post by Martin with the rebound then scrambled wide. Chelsea were opening the home side up at will but without making it count. Baba passed into the six-yard box but Diego Costa slid the ball wide with Oscar also poised to score.

He did so however after 32 minutes to make it 2-1 to the champions and much credit goes to the pass from Loftus-Cheek in the inside-right channel. Oscar’s shot across the keeper into the far side of the net was unerring.

Looking for a first-half hat-trick against such a shaky defence, Oscar warmed the palms of Martin after a back-heel from Hazard. 

Jake Forster-Caskey had a worthy long-range effort at the other end to remind the Blues that another goal would be wise and that was duly supplied by Oscar with his best yet on the stroke of half-time. Having glided past his markers, it was a sweet strike from the edge of the area that gave Martin no chance. 3-1 to the Blues.

Chelsea were attacking the end containing nearly 7000 of our fans in the second half and Diego Costa nearly got on the end of a long pass in front of that goal. Hazard rather than the more usual Fabregas had been the supplier.

Loftus-Cheek was not looking out of place with some tidy touches in the middle of the park and when he got forward down that end too, he had a good strike blocked.

On 53 minutes the Blues were awarded a penalty for a foul on Hazard by Potter out wide near the byline, which had all Chelsea fans wondering would Hazard take it himself. The Player of the Year got up, steeled himself and scored low down sending the keeper the wrong way, to end his long, dry spell.

Long-range shots had been MK Dons’ best weapon on the day and Hall sent another just over the bar shortly before the Blues made it 5-1.

Bertrand Traore had replaced Diego Costa up front immediately after the previous goal and the 20-year-old very much showed a centre-forward’s touch to be in the right place to sweep home a Hazard cut-back.

Fabregas exchanged passes with substitute Pedro as the visitors went in search of goal no.6 but his shot was saved at the near post. Another substitute, Willian, struck a free-kick into the Dons wall.  

Traore was not far away from adding his second goal following a good advance by Baba as the final 10 minutes drew near.

MK Dons rallied and Forster-Caskey gave the home fans hope of more to cheer when he went close with another long-ranger. Substitute Daniel Powell shot against Courtois’ legs from closer in but they could not prevent Chelsea recording our best result of the season so far.  

Chelsea (4-2-3-1): Courtois; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry (c), Baba; Fabregas, Matic; Oscar (Willian 64), Loftus-Cheek, Hazard (Pedro 64); Diego Costa (Traore 56).
Unused subs Begovic, Azpilicueta, Zouma, Mikel.
Scorers Oscar 16, 32, 44, Hazard 54, Traore 62. 
Booked
 Terry 31,

MK Dons (4-3-3): Martin; Spence, McFadzean, Walsh, Lewington (c); Carruthers (Powell 82), Potter, Forster-Caskey; Hall, Bowditch (Maynard 76), Murphy (Williams 67).
Unused subs Cropper, Hodson, Kay, Church.
Scorers Potter 21
Booked Spence 80

Referee Jon Moss
Crowd 28,127

 

We almost doubled that moments later through Loftus-Cheek as we attacked in numbers but Martin saved, as did Courtois from Dean Bowditch.

Our keeper however was left helpless on 21 minutes when Dons’ midfielder Darren Potter tried his luck from long range and his luck was in. The ball took a heavy deflection off Nemanja Matic to loop over the Belgian and level this cup-tie. 

Chelsea’s chance to quickly restore the lead was crafted by a brilliant Fabregas pass that sent Hazard racing clear. Surely this was to be his first goal of the season but instead his shot was touched onto the post by Martin with the rebound then scrambled wide. Chelsea were opening the home side up at will but without making it count. Baba passed into the six-yard box but Diego Costa slid the ball wide with Oscar also poised to score.

He did so however after 32 minutes to make it 2-1 to the champions and much credit goes to the pass from Loftus-Cheek in the inside-right channel. Oscar’s shot across the keeper into the far side of the net was unerring.

Looking for a first-half hat-trick against such a shaky defence, Oscar warmed the palms of Martin after a back-heel from Hazard. 

Jake Forster-Caskey had a worthy long-range effort at the other end to remind the Blues that another goal would be wise and that was duly supplied by Oscar with his best yet on the stroke of half-time. Having glided past his markers, it was a sweet strike from the edge of the area that gave Martin no chance. 3-1 to the Blues.

Chelsea were attacking the end containing nearly 7000 of our fans in the second half and Diego Costa nearly got on the end of a long pass in front of that goal. Hazard rather than the more usual Fabregas had been the supplier.

Loftus-Cheek was not looking out of place with some tidy touches in the middle of the park and when he got forward down that end too, he had a good strike blocked.

On 53 minutes the Blues were awarded a penalty for a foul on Hazard by Potter out wide near the byline, which had all Chelsea fans wondering would Hazard take it himself. The Player of the Year got up, steeled himself and scored low down sending the keeper the wrong way, to end his long, dry spell.

Long-range shots had been MK Dons’ best weapon on the day and Hall sent another just over the bar shortly before the Blues made it 5-1.

Bertrand Traore had replaced Diego Costa up front immediately after the previous goal and the 20-year-old very much showed a centre-forward’s touch to be in the right place to sweep home a Hazard cut-back.

Fabregas exchanged passes with substitute Pedro as the visitors went in search of goal no.6 but his shot was saved at the near post. Another substitute, Willian, struck a free-kick into the Dons wall.  

Traore was not far away from adding his second goal following a good advance by Baba as the final 10 minutes drew near.

MK Dons rallied and Forster-Caskey gave the home fans hope of more to cheer when he went close with another long-ranger. Substitute Daniel Powell shot against Courtois’ legs from closer in but they could not prevent Chelsea recording our best result of the season so far.  

Chelsea (4-2-3-1): Courtois; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry (c), Baba; Fabregas, Matic; Oscar (Willian 64), Loftus-Cheek, Hazard (Pedro 64); Diego Costa (Traore 56).
Unused subs Begovic, Azpilicueta, Zouma, Mikel.
Scorers Oscar 16, 32, 44, Hazard 54, Traore 62. 
Booked
 Terry 31,

MK Dons (4-3-3): Martin; Spence, McFadzean, Walsh, Lewington (c); Carruthers (Powell 82), Potter, Forster-Caskey; Hall, Bowditch (Maynard 76), Murphy (Williams 67).
Unused subs Cropper, Hodson, Kay, Church.
Scorers Potter 21
Booked Spence 80

Referee Jon Moss
Crowd 28,127

 

We almost doubled that moments later through Loftus-Cheek as we attacked in numbers but Martin saved, as did Courtois from Dean Bowditch.

Our keeper however was left helpless on 21 minutes when Dons midfielder Darren Potter tried his luck from long range and his luck was in. The ball took a heavy deflection off Nemanja Matic to loop over the Belgian and level this cup-tie. 

Chelsea’s chance to quickly restore the lead was crafted by a brilliant Fabregas pass that sent Hazard racing clear. Surely this was to be his first goal of the season but instead his shot was touched onto the post by Martin with the rebound then scrambled wide. Chelsea were opening the home side up at will but without making it count. Baba passed into the six-yard box but Diego Costa slid the ball wide with Oscar also poised to score.

He did score however after 32 minutes to make it 2-1 to the champions and much credit goes to the pass from Loftus-Cheek in the inside-right channel. Oscar’s shot across the keeper into the far side of the net was unerring.

We almost doubled that moments later through Loftus-Cheek as we attacked in numbers but Martin saved, as did Courtois from Dean Bowditch.

Our keeper however was left helpless on 21 minutes when Dons’ midfielder Darren Potter tried his luck from long range and his luck was in. The ball took a heavy deflection off Nemanja Matic to loop over the Belgian and level this cup-tie. 

Chelsea’s chance to quickly restore the lead was crafted by a brilliant Fabregas pass that sent Hazard racing clear. Surely this was to be his first goal of the season but instead his shot was touched onto the post by Martin with the rebound then scrambled wide. Chelsea were opening the home side up at will but without making it count. Baba passed into the six-yard box but Diego Costa slid the ball wide with Oscar also poised to score.

He did so however after 32 minutes to make it 2-1 to the champions and much credit goes to the pass from Loftus-Cheek in the inside-right channel. Oscar’s shot across the keeper into the far side of the net was unerring.

Looking for a first-half hat-trick against such a shaky defence, Oscar warmed the palms of Martin after a back-heel from Hazard. 

Jake Forster-Caskey had a worthy long-range effort at the other end to remind the Blues that another goal would be wise and that was duly supplied by Oscar with his best yet on the stroke of half-time. Having glided past his markers, it was a sweet strike from the edge of the area that gave Martin no chance. 3-1 to the Blues.

Chelsea were attacking the end containing nearly 7000 of our fans in the second half and Diego Costa nearly got on the end of a long pass in front of that goal. Hazard rather than the more usual Fabregas had been the supplier.

Loftus-Cheek was not looking out of place with some tidy touches in the middle of the park and when he got forward down that end too, he had a good strike blocked.

On 53 minutes the Blues were awarded a penalty for a foul on Hazard by Potter out wide near the byline, which had all Chelsea fans wondering would Hazard take it himself. The Player of the Year got up, steeled himself and scored low down sending the keeper the wrong way, to end his long, dry spell.

Long-range shots had been MK Dons’ best weapon on the day and Hall sent another just over the bar shortly before the Blues made it 5-1.

Bertrand Traore had replaced Diego Costa up front immediately after the previous goal and the 20-year-old very much showed a centre-forward’s touch to be in the right place to sweep home a Hazard cut-back.

Fabregas exchanged passes with substitute Pedro as the visitors went in search of goal no.6 but his shot was saved at the near post. Another substitute, Willian, struck a free-kick into the Dons wall.  

Traore was not far away from adding his second goal following a good advance by Baba as the final 10 minutes drew near.

MK Dons rallied and Forster-Caskey gave the home fans hope of more to cheer when he went close with another long-ranger. Substitute Daniel Powell shot against Courtois’ legs from closer in but they could not prevent Chelsea recording our best result of the season so far.  

Chelsea (4-2-3-1): Courtois; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry (c), Baba; Fabregas, Matic; Oscar (Willian 64), Loftus-Cheek, Hazard (Pedro 64); Diego Costa (Traore 56).
Unused subs Begovic, Azpilicueta, Zouma, Mikel.
Scorers Oscar 16, 32, 44, Hazard 54, Traore 62. 
Booked
 Terry 31,

MK Dons (4-3-3): Martin; Spence, McFadzean, Walsh, Lewington (c); Carruthers (Powell 82), Potter, Forster-Caskey; Hall, Bowditch (Maynard 76), Murphy (Williams 67).
Unused subs Cropper, Hodson, Kay, Church.
Scorers Potter 21
Booked Spence 80

Referee Jon Moss
Crowd 28,127

 

Looking for a first-half hat-trick against such a shaky defence, Oscar warmed the palms of Martin after a back-heel from Hazard. 

Jake Forster-Caskey had a worthy long-range effort at the other end to remind the Blues that another goal would be wise and that was duly supplied by Oscar with his best yet on the stroke of half-time. Having glided past his markers, it was a sweet strike from the edge of the area that gave Martin no chance. 3-1 to the Blues and Oscar’s first Chelsea hat-trick.

Chelsea were attacking the end containing nearly 7000 of our fans in the second half and Diego Costa nearly got on the end of a long pass in front of that goal. Hazard rather than the more usual Fabregas had been the supplier.

Loftus-Cheek was not looking out of place with some tidy touches in the middle of the park and when he got forward down that end too, he had a good strike blocked.

On 53 minutes the Blues were awarded a penalty for a foul on Hazard by Potter out wide near the byline, which had all Chelsea fans wondering would Hazard take it himself. The Player of the Year got up, steeled himself and scored low down sending the keeper the wrong way, to end his long, dry spell.

Long-range shots had been MK Dons’ best weapon on the day and Hall sent another just over the bar shortly before the Blues made it 5-1.

Bertrand Traore had replaced Diego Costa up front immediately after the previous goal and the 20-year-old very much showed a centre-forward’s touch to be in the right place to sweep home a Hazard cut-back.

Fabregas exchanged passes with substitute Pedro as the visitors went in search of goal no.6 but his shot was saved at the near post. Another substitute, Willian, struck a free-kick into the Dons wall.  

Traore was not far away from adding his second goal following a good advance by Baba as the final 10 minutes drew near.

MK Dons rallied and Forster-Caskey gave the home fans hope of more to cheer when he went close with another long-ranger. Substitute Daniel Powell shot against Courtois’ legs from closer in but they could not prevent Chelsea recording our best result of the season so far.  

Chelsea (4-2-3-1): Courtois; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry (c), Baba; Fabregas, Matic; Oscar (Willian 64), Loftus-Cheek, Hazard (Pedro 64); Diego Costa (Traore 56).
Unused subs Begovic, Azpilicueta, Zouma, Mikel.
Scorers Oscar 16, 32, 44, Hazard 54, Traore 62. 
Booked
 Terry 31,

MK Dons (4-3-3): Martin; Spence, McFadzean, Walsh, Lewington (c); Carruthers (Powell 82), Potter, Forster-Caskey; Hall, Bowditch (Maynard 76), Murphy (Williams 67).
Unused subs Cropper, Hodson, Kay, Church.
Scorer Potter 21
Booked Spence 80

Referee Jon Moss
Crowd 28,127

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