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Chelsea 2-0 Sheffield United: Blues weather Blades fightback to reach FA Cup semi-finals

Match report as Oliver Norwood own goal and late Hakim Ziyech strike send Chelsea into FA Cup semi-finals; spirited Blades left to rue a host of missed chances as David McGoldrick and Rhian Brewster miss opportunities to force extra-time

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Sunday 21 March 2021 15:36, UK

Chelsea weathered a spirited second-half Sheffield United fightback to reach the FA Cup semi-finals with a 2-0 quarter-final victory at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea looked set to stroll through to Wembley when Oliver Norwood’s first-half own goal handed them the lead at the interval, but a thrilling Sheffield United rally pushed Thomas Tuchel’s side right to the wire.

The Blades came alive in the second half and should have forced extra-time, but David McGoldrick squandered a gilt-edged header from six yards, before substitute Rhian Brewster lashed into the side-netting in stoppage-time.

Hakim Ziyech then made sure of the Chelsea victory – their 10th from 14 games under Tuchel – with their second goal with virtually the last kick of the game as the Blues joined Manchester City and Southampton in the last four.

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Chelsea host Fulham in the Premier League at 12.30pm and Sheffield United travel to Leeds at 3pm on April 3.

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