Thursday 28 February 2013
Chelsea secured an FA Cup quarter-final clash at Manchester United after overcoming Middlesbrough in their fifth-round tie at the Riverside Stadium.
The visitors fielded eight changes from the side that lost to Manchester City on Sunday and were contained by the Championship outfit in a first-half which had few clear-cut chances.
But Chelsea moved through the gears after the break and they took the lead on 51 minutes when Ramires' shot flicked off Fernando Torres and past goalkeeper Jason Steele.
"Credit to us because we carried on for 90 minutes"
And victory was completed 15 minutes from time when the impressive Victor Moses scored from close range following a neat one-two between Eden Hazard and Oscar.
"The first half was tough, Middlesbrough had energy, were well organised and tried to play good football," Chelsea manager interim Rafael Benitez told the club's website. "They have a good manager and he's doing a great job.
"We have quality and we scored the first goal, so they had to push higher and we had more spaces and more time in possession.
"Credit to them because they did well in the first half but credit to us because we carried on for 90 minutes."
In his press conference after the match, Benitez, who replaced Roberto Di Matteo in November last year, confirmed that he would not stay at the club beyond the current campaign.
Fifth round result
Middlesbrough 0-2 Chelsea
Everton v Wigan Athletic (12.45pm)
Manchester City v Barnsley (5.30pm)
Manchester United v Chelsea (2pm)
Millwall v Blackburn Rovers (4.30pm)