Chelsea 3-0 Newcastle United

  • Chelsea produce convincing enough performance to book their place in fifth round of FA Cup at Chelsea's expense.
  • Michy Batshuayi's first-half double all but sealed the game for the Blues
  • Marcos Alonso's second half free-kick put gloss on the scoreline for Antonio Conte's side.
  • Newcastle competed in the first half but will now focus solely on Premier League survival.

Full-time: Chelsea 3-0 Newcastle

A convincing performance from Chelsea in the end as goals from Batshuayi and Alonso secure their place in the fifth round of the FA Cup.

Batshuayi opened the scoring after brilliant work from Pedro and all but sealed the game with a deflected second before Alonso's splendid free-kick sealed matters. Newcastle made a fist of it in the first half, but Premier League survival is the only thing that matters now.


Two minutes of stoppage time to be played. Batshuayi again denied by Darlow after he was played in by Barkley.


Batshuayi almost makes it four and three for himself as he bursts down the channel, rolls the ball past Mbemba and stings the shins of Darlow from close range.


Hudson-Odoi has looked lively since coming on, darting infield and spraying passes to the flank.

The teen tried to link up with Alonso, but the Spaniard wasn't reading from the same hymnsheet.


Final change for Newcastle - Hayden is replaced by former Chelsea man Atsu.


Zappacosta tries his luck with a curling effort that Darlow tips over the bar.

Final change for Chelsea - young Hudson-Odoi is on for Pedro.


Chelsea are home and hosed. Pedro almost made it four after getting in behind but Darlow managed to deny him.



Changes for both sides - Kante is replaced by Ampadu for Chelsea while Murphy comes on for Manquillo for Newcastle.


Lovely free-kick from Alonso seals the game for Chelsea. Great technique from the Spaniard, but could Darlow have done a little better there?

Chelsea make a change - Hazard off, Barkley on.


GOAL! Chelsea 3-0 Newcastle (Alonso)


Zappacosta's trickery earns Chelsea a dangerous free-kick.

Alonso takes, and scores!


Hazard dances and jinks away from Newcastle bodies to earn himself a corner. The set-piece comes out to Drinkwater, whose volley is deflected for another corner.


The game has lost a bit of zip in the second half. Hayden tries to find Ritchie but his pass is overcooked. Newcastle not really pushing fervently for an equaliser as we head into the final 20 minutes.


Batshuayi and Pedro link up well to allow the latter to cut the ball back. Hazard misses it, and Drinkwater fires well wide.

Newcastle making the first substitution of the afternoon - Joselu on for Gayle.


Stunning volley from Alonso is palmed away by Darlow as Chelsea look to kill the game. A good save from Darlow, made even better by the deflection the effort took off Manquillo.


Pedro almost nets Chelsea's third of the match with a rasping effort that just flies over the bar.


The teams have emerged for the second half and we are back underway at Samford Bridge.


This man is the difference at the break.

Michy Batshuayi


Half-time: Chelsea 2-0 Newcastle United

A brace from Batshuayi has put Antonio Conte's side in a commanding position despite a laboured performance. Newcastle have taken the game to the hosts and have forced Caballero into a number of saves, but one moment of quality and a slice of misfortune sees them two down at the break.


Caballero then denies Newcastle once again after a bit of pinball sees Mbemba test the veteran.

The resulting corner is dealt with, and the half-time whistle blows.


Caballero forced into another save as Shelvey's deflected shot is parried behind for a corner by the Argentine.


Pedro finds Hazard, who dribbles forward and finds Batshuayi brilliantly. The Belgian's shot deflects of Lascelles, loops over Darlow and nestles into the net.


Chelsea dally with the pall and almost pay the price as Shelvey robs Drinkwater and forces a save from Shelvey. Daft from the Blues.


Rudiger comes close to making it 2-0 with a lovely drive that just evades Darlow's post.