At the end of regulation time, it is Thomas Tuchel’s men who march on to the semi-finals of the FA Cup. Goals from Romelu Lukaku and Hakim Ziyech earned the Blues a professional 2-0 victory over Championship outfit Middlesbrough, while extending their impressive run to 12 wins from 13 matches.
FULL-TIME AT THE RIVERSIDE STADIUM: Middlesbrough 0-2 Chelsea
SECOND-HALF UNDERWAY AT THE RIVERSIDE STADIUM: Middlesbrough 0-2 Chelsea
HALF-TIME AT THE RIVERSIDE STADIUM: Middlesbrough 0-2 Chelsea
31′ MIN: The birthday boy strikes! Hakim Ziyech takes a great first touch to control a killer pass on the edge of the box and drills a shot into the bottom left corner in trademark fashion.
GOOOAAAALLL!!! Middlesbrough 0-2 Chelsea (H. Ziyech)
15′ MIN: Romelu Lukaku was put through by Mason Mount and he showed brilliant composure inside the box to fire into the bottom right corner.
GOOOAAALLL!!! Middlesbrough 0-1 Chelsea (R. Lukaku)
KICK-OFF AT THE RIVERSIDE STADIUM: Middlesbrough 0-0 Chelsea
Here’s wishing Chelsea star Hakim Ziyech a happy 29th birthday. Enjoy this short clip of the Moroccan international.
Blues boss Thomas Tuchel has named club-record signing Romelu Lukaku in his Starting XI, while Moroccan international Hakim Ziyech who turns 29 today is also in the mix.
Middlesbrough’s team to face the reigning European champions Chelsea.
As for Boro, they will be seeking to claim the scalp of a third Premier League superpower – having eliminated the likes of Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspurs in previous rounds. But they come up against a resilient Chelsea side who are adept at making deep runs in cup competitions.
The Blues are currently living in uncertain times as in regards to their future, following the sanctions on former owner Roman Abramovich by the UK government. But that has not affected Thomas Tuchel’s lads on the pitch, as they are into the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League – having defeated French Ligue 1 side Lille 2-1 in midweek and 4-1 on aggregate, and are sitting comfortably in third position in the Premier League standings.
A great evening to you soccer fans! You are onto Apex Football’s LIVE coverage of the FA Cup encounter between championship outfit Middlesbrough and Premier League side Chelsea which will go down at the Riverside Stadium.