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Published: 17:54 | 31/1/16

Oscar fires Chelsea into FA Cup fifth round

Blues beat MK Dons 5-1

A hat-trick from Oscar and a goal a-piece from Eden Hazard and Bertrand Traore helped Chelsea book their place in the fifth round of the FA Cup after a 5-1 win over the MK Dons.

The Blues were simply sensational in the opening 45 minutes as they took their hosts apart and went in 3-1 up at the break, although it could have been a lot more.

Guus Hiddink’s men started the second half in the same fashion and went 5-1 up after 62 minutes. The Premier League outfit then saw the game out with a minimum of fuss to book their place in the next round.

The visitors started brightly and had a golden opportunity to take the lead after just three minutes.

Eden Hazard weaved past two defenders before pulling the ball into the path of Diego Costa inside the six-yard area, Costa looked ready to blast home, but his effort was superbly saved by David Martin.

However, there was nothing Martin could do after 16 minutes when Oscar opened the scoring.

A loose backpass from Kyle McFadzean was pounced upon by Costa and he teed up Oscar who slotted into a virtually open net to make it 1-0.

It was all Chelsea in the opening 20 minutes and they looked like scoring every time they attacked, but they were undone by a shock MK Dons equaliser after 22 minutes.

Darren Potter, the ex-Irish international, collected the ball outside the area and hit a hopeful strike that deflected off Nemanja Matic before looping into the back of the net.

Chelsea reacted well to conceding and they almost retook the lead three minutes later. Hazard broke the offside trap and raced clear, but his strike came back off the inside of the post as the Dons held on.

However, there was no mistake from the Blues ten minutes later when Oscar grabbed his second of the game with a brilliant finish.

Reuben Loftus-Cheek played a reverse ball into the feet of the Brazilian who controlled and arrowed a shot across the keeper into the far corner to make it 2-1.

And the midfielder completed his hat-trick with another sensational finish on the stroke of half-time.

This time he collected the ball on the left, skipped past the full-back and curled a brilliant shot from the edge of the box past Martin to send the Blues in 3-1 up at the break.

The second half started much like the first had finished with Chelsea in the ascendency and they booked their place in the fifth round with their fourth goal.

Eden Hazard jinxed and weaved his way into the penalty area, before being brought down by Darren Potter.

The referee pointed to the spot and Hazard, after some deliberation with Oscar and John Terry, stepped up and calmly slotted home the penalty to score his first goal of the season.

The Belgian looked to be back to somewhat near his best and he was involved again on the hour mark when he raced to the byline and pulled the ball into the path of substitute Bertrand Traore who fired home to make it 5-1.

The Blues took their foot off the gas after this as they dominated possession and saw the game out without any fuss to seal an impressive win.

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