Chelsea’s Pedro, Costa Muzzle Wolves in FA Cup

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Wolverhampton: Second-half objectives from Pedro and Diego Costa earned Premier League leaders Chelsea a 2-Zero win in a tough FA Cup fifth-round tie at second-tier Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday.

Pedro headed in after 65 minutes following an intricate build-up involving Costa, Cesc Fabregas and Willian.

Costa sealed a spot within the quarter-finals within the 89th minute after defender Matt Doherty inadvertently deflected a go into his path.

The prolific Chelsea striker had the time and house to simply stroke the ball into the Wolves purpose, lastly killing off the Championship aspect's courageous resistance.

Having accounted for the Premier League scalps of Stoke Metropolis and Liverpool in earlier rounds, Wolves seemed within the temper so as to add the division's leaders to that checklist.

In entrance of Molineux's greatest crowd for 36 years, the house aspect made an electrifying begin.

Asmir Begovic had already been required to tip a harmful Conor Coady cross over his bar within the opening exchanges when former Chelsea teenager George Saville discovered the ball at his toes 15 yards out.

The unmarked midfielder unleashed a strong left-foot shot that thundered towards the left-hand publish, with Andreas Weimann blasting a follow-up effort over.

That was the beginning of an absorbing cup tie, with the Championship aspect placing their league troubles behind them and going toe-to-toe with a Chelsea crew who made seven adjustments from their least league sport.

Chelsea supervisor Antonio Conte had nonetheless fielded a powerful line-up, nonetheless, with former England worldwide John Terry persevering with his ever-present standing within the FA Cup and Fabregas handed a begin.

Fabregas seemed able to choosing a gap within the house defence and did exactly that after 12 minutes when his lofted go despatched Willian sprinting into the realm.

The Brazilian tried to chip over Wolves goalkeeper Carl Ikeme, who did properly to place a contact on the shot and steer it over his web.

The tie had loads of aggression and a raucous ambiance, particularly when the house supporters claimed Weimann had been introduced down by Willian within the space halfway by way of the primary half.

That attraction was turned down by referee Jonathan Moss, however Wolves maintained the stress when Helder Costa turned neatly and unleashed a low shot that Begovic smothered properly.

However Chelsea nonetheless posed a critical menace as Fabregas and Willian tried to seek out the go that will play in Costa over the Wolves again 4.

A lot of instances the tactic got here near working and in first-half harm time a cross from the best by wing-back Victor Moses was met by Costa, again to purpose, who hooked an effort huge.

Wolves opened the second half in comparable, threatening style, with Pedro the primary Chelsea participant cautioned for a crude journey on the harmful Helder Costa.

Nevertheless it was Chelsea's Nathaniel Chalobah who was offered with the primary shot of the half, a low strike from the sting of the realm that went instantly on the goalkeeper.

Chelsea's Costa additionally obtained one more neat go from Hazard and nearly arrange Chalobah for an try on purpose, solely to be denied by extra dedicated Wolves defending.

Wolves' Costa eased the stress momentarily with a excessive free-kick that Danny Batth headed into the arms of Begovic.

However quickly after his namesake was performed in by one more Fabregas go and left Batth on the ground earlier than taking pictures into the side-netting.

The opening purpose was not lengthy in coming, though Dave Edwards seemed like he may head in an equaliser minutes later, solely to be denied by an necessary defensive header from Kurt Zouma.

Within the closing phases, Fabregas ought to have doubled their benefit when he shot huge from Eden Hazard's go, earlier than Costa's strike — his 16th of the season — put the sport to mattress.

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