FA Cup - Third Round
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Chelsea 3-0 Watford

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Chelsea 3-0 Watford

Chelsea were far from their best but progressed to the FA Cup fourth round at the expense of Championship Watford thanks to three second-half goals.

After a drab first half, Jose Mourinho brought on Willian and Diego Costa who provided some much-needed spark.

Willian struck from 25 yards to give the hosts the lead while Loic Remy doubled Chelsea's advantage with a well-taken half-volley from 12 yards.

Kurt Zouma completed the scoring, heading in Cesar Azpilicueta's cross.

With the influential quartet of Cesc Fabregas, Nemanja Matic, Costa and Eden Hazard not starting - Jose Mourinho made eight changes to the team which lost to Tottenham - it was perhaps no surprise the hosts did not immediately click.

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But Mourinho's men have suffered a dip in form of late, letting an eight-point advantage in the Premier League slip.

Chelsea lacked creativity and control in midfield, with Watford, fifth in the second tier, initially reducing the Premier League co-leaders to half-chances - a flick-on from a free-kick for Gary Cahill and then a glancing header from the defender.

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It was no surprise to see Mourinho make changes at the break, but the Hornets' energetic pressing and physicality continued to stifle the Blues in the early stages of the second half.

Watford nearly took the lead when Troy Deeney's hopeful shot deflected off Filipe Luis, narrowly missing the bottom left corner.

But within minutes, Chelsea were ahead thanks to Willian's fabulous arrowed strike into the top-right corner.

Watford initially refused to cave in, but crumbled once they fell further behind courtesy of Remy's impressive half-volley, with the Frenchman pouncing while his team-mates appealed for a penalty for handball.

Kurt Zouma polished the script for the hosts, powerfully heading into the top corner to inflict a fifth loss in six FA Cup ties for Watford against Chelsea.

Line-ups

Chelsea

  • 1Cech
  • 5Zouma
  • 3Filipe Luis
  • 24Cahill
  • 28Azpilicueta
  • 12Mikel
  • 7Ramires
  • 8OscarSubstituted forDiego Costaat 45'minutes
  • 14SchürrleSubstituted forWillianat 45'minutes
  • 11DrogbaSubstituted forAkéat 80'minutes
  • 18Remy

Substitutes

  • 2Ivanovic
  • 6Aké
  • 13Courtois
  • 17Salah
  • 19Diego Costa
  • 21Matic
  • 22Willian

Watford

  • 30Bond
  • 14ParedesBooked at 26mins
  • 31Hoban
  • 15Cathcart
  • 4Angella
  • 3MunariSubstituted forMurrayat 83'minutes
  • 8TozserBooked at 66minsSubstituted forAbdiat 73'minutes
  • 18Pudil
  • 24IghaloSubstituted forVydraat 65'minutes
  • 9Deeney
  • 11Forestieri

Substitutes

  • 12Doyley
  • 16Murray
  • 20Vydra
  • 22Abdi
  • 27Doherty
  • 28Smith
  • 34Gilmartin
Referee:
Kevin Friend
Attendance:
41,010

Match Stats

Home TeamChelseaAway TeamWatford
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home16
Away11
Shots on Target
Home6
Away6
Corners
Home4
Away5
Fouls
Home7
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Chelsea 3, Watford 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Chelsea 3, Watford 0.

Attempt missed. Gary Cahill (Chelsea) header from the centre of the box misses to the left following a set piece situation.

Willian (Chelsea) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Fernando Forestieri (Watford).

Attempt saved. Matej Vydra (Watford) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Nathan Aké (Chelsea) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Sean Murray (Watford).

Attempt missed. Sean Murray (Watford) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

Foul by Nathan Aké (Chelsea).

Sean Murray (Watford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt saved. Almen Abdi (Watford) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt saved. Diego Costa (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Ramires (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Sean Murray (Watford).

Substitution

Substitution, Watford. Sean Murray replaces Gianni Munari.

Substitution

Substitution, Chelsea. Nathan Aké replaces Didier Drogba.

Corner, Watford. Conceded by Petr Cech.

Corner, Watford. Conceded by Petr Cech.

Attempt saved. Matej Vydra (Watford) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Filipe Luis (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Gianni Munari (Watford).

Substitution

Substitution, Watford. Almen Abdi replaces Daniel Tözsér.

Goal!

Goal! Chelsea 3, Watford 0. Kurt Zouma (Chelsea) header from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by César Azpilicueta.

Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Daniel Pudil.

Attempt missed. Fernando Forestieri (Watford) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Goal!

Goal! Chelsea 2, Watford 0. Loïc Remy (Chelsea) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner.

Attempt blocked. Diego Costa (Chelsea) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Filipe Luis (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Juan Carlos Paredes (Watford).

Ramires (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Daniel Tözsér (Watford) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Daniel Tözsér (Watford).

Substitution

Substitution, Watford. Matej Vydra replaces Odion Ighalo.

Attempt missed. John Obi Mikel (Chelsea) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Tommy Hoban.

Loïc Remy (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Craig Cathcart (Watford).

Attempt saved. Troy Deeney (Watford) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Goal!

Goal! Chelsea 1, Watford 0. Willian (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Loïc Remy.

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