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Milton Keynes Dons 1-5 Chelsea

By Phil ShepkaBBC Sport at Stadium MK

A first-half Oscar hat-trick set Chelsea on their way to a thumping FA Cup fourth-round win at MK Dons.

The Blues went ahead early on when Diego Costa capitalised on Kyle McFadzean's mistake to set up Oscar but the hosts equalised through Darren Potter's deflected strike.

Oscar finished sublimely twice, before Eden Hazard scored his first Chelsea goal of the season from the spot after Potter fouled him.

Bertrand Traore slotted home his first Chelsea goal from Hazard's cross to wrap up proceedings.

Victory over a side 20th in the Championship leaves Chelsea boss Guus Hiddink, winner of the FA Cup with the Blues in 2009, still undefeated in eight games since replacing Jose Mourinho at Stamford Bridge.

Their reward for Sunday's FA Cup success was a home tie against Manchester City in the fifth round.

"It's already a final now. It's a huge game," Hiddink said.

Hazard ends drought

Hiddink chose to give Belgium international Hazard, who has recovered from a groin injury, his first start since 3 January, hoping last season's Premier League player of the year would end a run of 28 games without a goal.

Hazard linked well with left-back Baba Rahman throughout - causing Jordan Spence no end of problems - but it looked like that goalless streak would continue when Dons goalkeeper David Martin somehow kept him out when one-on-one in the first half.

However, in the second half, Hazard drew a foul in the box from Potter and calmly placed the ball the other side of Martin.

Asked why Hazard instead of Oscar took the penalty, Hiddink said: "They decided themselves because we have this hierarchy of the penalties. Oscar gave it to Eden as everyone knows he has not scored for a long time."

Hazard, 25, then chased down a long ball up field to lay the ball into the path of Traore to strike home before being replaced by Pedro shortly afterwards for a morale boosting performance.

Chelsea profligate despite win

Oscar graphic

Chelsea named a strong side, with only Ruben Loftus-Cheek not a Premier League regular, but the Blues were wasteful in front of goal against a side struggling in the Championship, having 15 efforts in the first half.

A tame Diego Costa effort was foiled by Martin early on and Oscar missed two decent opportunities before scoring his first - a tap in after Costa's persistence.

Martin, whose defence struggled to cope with the sheer pace of Chelsea's attacks, pulled off a fine save when Oscar played into an unmarked Diego Costa on the edge of the six yard box but his effort was tame.

After Potter's strike looped off Matic and over Courtois, Costa missed with the goal gaping from a ball into the middle.

But Oscar finally had his side in front again when Loftus-Cheek's past split the defence and the Brazilian finished with aplomb before making it 3-1 before the break with a strike from outside the box.

Dons lack forward thrust

Karl Robinson's side are the lowest-scorers in the Championship and were dealt a blow before kick off as Nicky Maynard was only fit enough for the bench.

With Dean Bowditch ploughing a very lonely furrow up front on his own, the hosts were restricted mostly to long shots, with on-loan Bolton winger Rob Hall seeing an effort tipped over the bar.

Substitute Daniel Powell jinked his way through the Premier League's side defence but his strike, saved by the feet of Courtois, was the closest the hosts came to a second.

"This was a free game for us but I'm disappointed as well, I thought we were poor," Robinson told BBC Sport.

"We almost caused our own problems at times in the game."

'Oscar fulfilled his obligations'

Chelsea boss Hiddink revelled in his side's victory and Oscar's hat-trick performance.

"We are delighted," said the Blues' interim manager. "The concentration against the big teams is always high but these games you have to be well prepared mentally. They got even but we reacted very well."

"Oscar is playing with a smile on his face and that's what I like with the players when they know their obligations and they do it."

The stats you need to know

  • Oscar's the first player to score a first-half FA Cup hat-trick since Reuben Reid for Plymouth against Lincoln in November 2013.
  • Potter scored his first goal since May 2015 and his first FA Cup goal since January 2013 against QPR.
  • Hazard scored his first goal in 29 appearances for Chelsea this season (2,043 minutes without a goal this season).
  • MK Dons conceded five goals in an FA Cup tie for the first time.
  • Hiddink has won all five of his games in the FA Cup, seeing his team score 13 and concede three.

What next?

Chelsea have a Premier League trip to Watford on Wednesday, while MK Dons are in Championship action at Cardiff next Saturday.


MK Dons

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Martin
  • 12SpenceBooked at 80mins
  • 5McFadzean
  • 16WalshBooked at 74mins
  • 3Lewington
  • 8Potter
  • 44Forster-Caskey
  • 38Hall
  • 14CarruthersSubstituted forPowellat 82'minutes
  • 31MurphySubstituted forWilliamsat 67'minutes
  • 9BowditchSubstituted forMaynardat 76'minutes


  • 2Hodson
  • 6Kay
  • 11Church
  • 17Powell
  • 22Cropper
  • 23Williams
  • 28Maynard


Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 13Courtois
  • 2Ivanovic
  • 24Cahill
  • 26TerryBooked at 31mins
  • 6Baba
  • 21Matic
  • 4Fàbregas
  • 8OscarSubstituted forWillianat 64'minutes
  • 36Loftus-Cheek
  • 10E HazardSubstituted forPedroat 64'minutes
  • 19Diego CostaSubstituted forTraoreat 57'minutes


  • 1Begovic
  • 5Zouma
  • 12Mikel
  • 14Traore
  • 17Pedro
  • 22Willian
  • 28Azpilicueta
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Match Stats

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Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, MK Dons 1, Chelsea 5.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, MK Dons 1, Chelsea 5.

  3. Post update

    Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Darren Potter (MK Dons).

  5. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  6. Post update

    Delay in match Willian (Chelsea) because of an injury.

  7. Post update

    Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Bertrand Traore.

  8. Post update

    Attempt saved. Daniel Powell (MK Dons) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Darren Potter.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Baba Rahman (Chelsea).

  10. Post update

    Jonathan Williams (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  11. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Pedro (Chelsea) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Willian.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, MK Dons. Daniel Powell replaces Samir Carruthers.

  13. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jake Forster-Caskey (MK Dons) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Dean Lewington.

  14. Booking

    Jordan Spence (MK Dons) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  15. Post update

    Baba Rahman (Chelsea) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Jordan Spence (MK Dons).

  17. Post update

    Attempt missed. Bertrand Traore (Chelsea) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Baba Rahman.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Cesc Fàbregas (Chelsea).

  19. Post update

    Samir Carruthers (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, MK Dons. Nicky Maynard replaces Dean Bowditch.

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