Middlesbrough 0-2 Chelsea: Oscar and Ramires help Blues reach FA Cup quarter-finals
Oscar and Ramires played their part in Chelsea’s two goals as the Blues eventually overcame Middlesbrough in the fifth round of the FA Cup on Wednesday night.
The cup holders threatened Boro’s goal a number of times during the early exchanges, with Oscar at the heart of every attack.
However, the Championship club managed to hold their own and contain all Chelsea threats up until the half-time break.
This was short-lived though as the visitors were celebrating a goal five minutes after the restart thanks to Ramires and Fernando Torres.
Oscar’s slick work and cross from the right caused problems for the Boro backline, before Ramires struck a curling effort from outside of the area.
The Brazilian’s shot took a deflection off Torres as it made its way through a crowded box and ended up in the top corner of Jason Steele’s net.
Chelsea were a far better proposition following the goal, as Torres saw a vicious drive deflected just over the bar, while Ramires mis-kicked one effort and had another thunderbolt blocked.
Eden Hazard was introduced into the game and went close to doubling Chelsea’s lead in the 70th-minute but his shot clipped the outside of the post, following a surging run from Ramires.
Chelsea did go on to score a second just moments later after Hazard went on a driving run and exchanged a one-two with Oscar.
The Seleção star's marvellous backheel sent the Belgian clean through before he squared it to Moses to tap home into an empty net.
The well-worked goal was an example of Chelsea’s quality and the difference in class between the two sides, which effectively ended any hopes of a comeback for Boro.
Oscar almost added a third with a solo run and low drive wide, but the visitors eased off a touch in the latter stages.
David Luiz was brought on in midfield with 15 minutes remaining but had little to do with the tie seemingly settled.
Chelsea will now travel to rivals Manchester United for the quarter-finals of the competition in 10 days' time.