On Sunday Michy Batshuayi kept Chelsea on course for a return to Wembley for last season’s runners up with two excellent first half goals as their knocked Newcastle United out of the F.A cup with a 3-0 win at Stamford Bridge.
The Belgium International has had few opportunities to impress this season and with suggestions he could be moving away on loan from last seasons Premier League champions, he showed exactly what he is capable off.
Batshuayi was on had to open the scoring just after the half hour mark, finishing off some excellent team play to make it 1-0, before landing his second just before the break, again finishing off a fine move by his Chelsea team mates.
The second half was less fluid as Newcastle’s defence resolved their first half issues, restricting Chelsea’s opportunities. However, they did manage one more goal from the boot of defender Marcos Alonso, who’s free kick took the defenders goal tally this season to 7, which is his career best to date.
In the final match of the round, Premier League leaders Manchester City travelled to Wales to take on Championship side Cardiff City as they looked to continue their assault on all four trophies this season.
Belgium International Kevin De Bruyne carried on his exceptional form of late, opening the scoring in the 8th minute from a cheeky free kick. The Man City midfielder, dummied to send the ball around the wall, instead waiting for the wall to jump and sending the ball underneath them and into the bottom corner.
Moments after Bernardo Sliva had a goal disallowed for off side, a decision that could have been proved to be incorrect if the video assistant referee ~(VAR) had been in place. He made another stunning run up the wing to send an excellent cross for Raheem Sterling to make it 2-0 just before the break.
For the home side they were lucky to keep 11 men on the field after Joe Bennett’s awful studs-up tackle on Leroy Sane that saw the Man City player leave the field.
The second half was similar to the first, with City dominating the home side, but guilty of missing several opportunities to add to their lead and as the clock ran down, Cardiff’s frustration’s stated to show as Bennett again produced another harsh challenge that saw him receive his 2nd yellow and his marching orders.