Chelsea advanced into the fa Cup quarter-finals as Liverpool suffered their 2nd sequent defeat of this stellar season in an exceedingly highly-competitive encounter at Stamford Bridge.
Liverpool created seven changes to the side that lost amazingly at Watford on saturday – the first reverse of their league campaign once a run of eighteen sequent victories left them on the brink of a first title for thirty years.
Chelsea, however, still had to beat a Liverpool team containing the likes of Virgil van Dijk, Sadio Mane, Andy Robertson and Joe Gomez in an exceedingly hard fifth-round tie.
Liverpool goalkeeper Adrian gifted Willian Chelsea’s opener once 13 minutes once he dispiritedly fumbled his 20-yard shot, but the european champions had probabilities of their personal solely to see recalled keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga present a formidable barrier with a string of saves.
The game was expeditiously settled once sixty four minutes when former Everton midfielder Ross Barkley surged from within his own half on a solo run before beating Adrian with an emphatic strike.
The hosts might have had a lot of but Mason Mount rattled the crossbar with a 25-yard free-kick, before striker Olivier Giroud saw a trial brilliantly tipped on to the woodwork via Adrian.
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