Chelsea through to FA Cup quarter-finals as Giroud scores first goal

Olivier Giroud scores first Chelsea goal in 4-0 thrashing of Hull City
Olivier Giroud scores first Chelsea goal in 4-0 thrashing of Hull City

Olivier Giroud and Willian helped Chelsea thrash Hull City to reach the FA Cup quarter-finals – and boss Antonio Conte says they have given him “good doubts” about his team to face Barcelona on Tuesday.

Willian was fantastic throughout against the Championship strugglers and scored the opener with a curling effort from outside the box.


Deal of the day

Pedro scored the second when he slipped the ball under David Marshall after latching onto Cesc Fabregas’ excellent halfway line pass.

Willian then scored his second from 25 yards after playing a one-two with Giroud.

The France striker then scored his first goal since his move from Arsenal – a smart finish from close range following debutant Emerson Palmieri’s left-wing cross.

Hull improved slightly after the break and David Meyler had a penalty saved by Willy Caballero.

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Willian almost wrapped up a first career hat-trick late on, but he hit the post from 20 yards.

Chelsea will discover their next FA Cup opponents on Saturday at 20:00 GMT.

After that comes Tuesday’s Champions League last-16 first leg at home to Barcelona.

Willian score two well-taken goals as Chelsea progress to the quarter-final of the FA Cup

Conte told BBC Sport: “It was a positive night, Olivier Giroud got his first goal and Willian had an impressive performance.

“For sure when I go home, I have many good doubts because I have to try to make the best decision for Tuesday and to have many options is good for me and good for the team.”

Conte’s Premier League champions are 19 points off leaders Manchester City, and face the La Liga leaders in the Champions League – so the FA Cup is probably their best chance of winning a trophy.

The Italian again rested regular starters such as Eden Hazard, N’Golo Kane and Cesar Azpilicueta – although he still named a strong team, who had too much ability for the Tigers to cope with.

Willian’s first came after Kevin Stewart lost the ball to Giroud. He then set up Fabregas with a bit of skill, but the Spaniard’s shot was saved by David Marshall.

Chelsea were dominant – Giroud shot over from Pedro’s scooped pass, before Willian and Pedro both forced saves.

Fabregas then set up Pedro brilliantly with an aerial pass from the centre circle to add their second.

They were cruising, and Willian started a move and then finished it from 25 yards via the post after loaning the ball to Giroud.

Giroud, an £18m January signing from Arsenal, then stubbed the ball home from six yards after being set up by Emerson – another January recruit.

They did concede a penalty when Fabregas fouled Harry Wilson but Caballero made his fifth penalty save from the last eight kicks he has faced, excluding shootouts.

Willian had a chance for his hat-trick but was denied by a Jackson Irvine block, and Davide Zappacosta forced a good save from the rebound.

Willian went even closer when he crashed the ball off the outside of the post with two minutes left after some good footwork to lose two defenders.