Giroud, Willian Fire Chelsea into FA Cup Last Eight

Premier League champions Chelsea put four past Hull City in a rip-roaring first-half as they strolled into the quarterfinals of the FA Cup at Stamford Bridge on Friday.

Chelsea fans didn’t have to wait long for the opener as Willian fired them ahead after only two minutes, curling the ball in with his left foot from the edge of the penalty area.

Cesc Fabregas sent Pedro away to make it 2-0 with a crisp finish after 27 minutes, before Willian ended the tie as a contest, firing in low past keeper David Marshall.

French international Giroud rounded off the scoring with a neat finish from Emerson’s cut back to make the second half academic.

It’s the perfect warm-up for Antonio Conte’s men as they entertain Spanish giants Barcelona in the Champions League on Wednesday.

Elsewhere, Leicester City were made to work hard for a 1-0 victory over Championship side Sheffield United.

Star men came big for the Foxes as Jamie Vardy struck the only goal after 66 minutes off a cross from Riyad Mahrez.

It’s the fifth game in a row in all competitions that Vardy has been on target as Leicester held on to reach the quarterfinals for the first time since 2012.

On Sunday, 12-time winners Manchester United visit Huddersfield Town while another all-top-flight clash sees West Bromwich Albion at home to fellow strugglers Southampton.

Third-tier Rochdale take on Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday and on Monday runaway Premier League leaders Manchester City face third-tier Wigan Athletic in a repeat of the 2013 final surprisingly won by the Latics.

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