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Chelsea 2-0 Sheffield United: Hakim Ziyech’s late strike seal Blues FA Cup semi-finals fate after Oliver Norwood’s own goal had given Thomas Tuchel side’s the lead

Chelsea are through to the FA Cup semi-final with a 2-0 win over Sheffield United. It was an own goal that broke the deadlock in the first half when Norwood deflected Chilwell’s cross past Ramsdale.

In the second half, United had some great chances to equalise with McGoldrick and Brewster both sending shots just wide of the target before Ziyech picked out the bottom corner after a quick break to seal the win in stoppage time.

Chelsea are now unbeaten in 14 games in all competitions under Tuchel and go into the semi-final draw with Southampton and Manchester City.

Their unbeaten start to life under the German continued following this, albeit dicey, victory over the Blades to put themselves just a step away from a second successive FA Cup final.

Upon his arrival at west London, Tuchel spoke knowingly of the price of failure at Chelsea – he knew the consequences. He may be wondering what all the fuss was about. Back in the Premier League top-four, in the Champions League quarter-finals and now this.

As for Sheffield United, this was another afternoon of what could have been. Paul Heckingbottom’s team created enough opportunities to at least force extra time.

But the only ray of sunlight left from what has been a season to forge is now gone. All the Blades players have to look forward to now is nine remaining Premier League matches and the virtually certainty of relegation.

The first half was dreary, the fact Oliver Norwood handed Chelsea the advantage when trying to divert a Ben Chilwell strike that was going harmlessly wide pretty much summed it up.

Pulisic missed another opportunity less than two minutes into the restart, Ramsdale denying him again before the USA international skied his second bite at the cherry.

United were bright at times, particularly during the opening exchanges, but no more than that.

And Rhian Brewster squandered a glaring chance to level in the final minute, firing inches wide with time and in the box. Seconds later, Ziyech was up the other end notching Chelsea’s second.

They’ll find out later today who they’ll be playing at Wembley. As for United, their Cup run comes to an end and their attention now turns back to the Premier League when they face Leeds United after the international break.

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