The Chelsea team booked the first qualification for the FA Cup semi-finals, by defeating its host Middlesbrough, with two goals, in the confrontation that brought them together this evening, Saturday, at the “Riverside” stadium, in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup.
Belgium’s Romelu Lukaku scored the goal for Chelsea in the 15th minute of the match, then Moroccan Hakim Ziyech added the second goal for the Blues in the 31st minute of the match.
Chelsea lineup against Middlesbrough: Goalkeepers: Mendy / Defense line: Sar, Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Thiago Silva / Midfield: Loftus-Cheek, Kovacic, Mount / Forwards: Bolsic, Romelu Lukaku, Hakim Ziyech
Chelsea had defeated Luton Town, by three goals to two, in the match that brought the two teams together in the fifth round of the FA Cup.
The Blues also defeated their French counterpart Lille with two goals against one goal in the second leg of the 16th round of the European Champions League and succeeded in qualifying for the quarter-finals of the Champions League.
The Chelsea team is living in difficult administrative conditions these days after the sanctions imposed by the British government on the Russian owner of the Blues, Abramovich, and the current period is crucial in the Chelsea season, especially since he lost the competition for the Premier League title, in light of the crises surrounding the club at the present time.