Chelsea 4-1 Peterborough by Amar Azam at Stamford Bridge
A MUCH-CHANGED Chelsea swept aside Peterborough United on their way to securing an FA Cup fourth round place in this enjoyable contest at Stamford Bridge.
Antonio Conte’s Premier League leaders were comfortably ahead by the break through Spanish winger Pedro and striker Michy Batshuayi. Willian extended the scoring after the interval.
The League One side pulled one back after captain John Terry had been sent off in the second half before Pedro, the brightest performer for Chelsea, completed the win with his second goal of the match.
Chelsea, seven-time winners of the competiton, began the match brightly. After a period of pressure in the first half, the visitors’ back line relented.
Goalkeeper Luke McGee could only watch as the ball landed at the feet of Pedro, who cut inside his marker before curling his shot high into the net.
And on 43 minutes, and with the home side in the ascendency, Chelsea scored another as Batshuayi finished off a good team move with a low shot.
In fairness, Grant McCann’s side had their chances to score in the first half, but the threat faded after the interval.
Willian scored a fine third for Chelsea when he collected the ball from Pedro before cutting inside Posh defender Michael Bostwick and curling his shot beyond McGee.
On 66 minutes, Chelsea were reduced to 10 men after Terry was sent off for bringing down Peterborough striker Lee Angol after the League One side caught out the hosts with a surprise counter-attack.
Replays suggested that the decision by referee Kevin Friend was the correct one.
Four minutes later, the visitors pulled one back through Tom Nichols after Chelsea’s defenders had failed to clear a low cross from full-back.
However, on 75 minutes, Pedro put the result beyond doubt after applying a deft finish to a pass from Batshuayi.
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