Chelsea 3 Sheffield Wednesday 0: Bayern target Hudson-Odoi nets on Higuain debut

Gonzalo Higuain's Chelsea debut ended in a 3-0 win over Sheffield Wednesday in the FA Cup fourth round at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

Published : Jan 28, 2019 09:42 IST

Callum Hudson-Odoi celebrates his goal against Sheffield Wednesday.
Callum Hudson-Odoi celebrates his goal against Sheffield Wednesday.

Callum Hudson-Odoi celebrates his goal against Sheffield Wednesday.

Chelsea secured comfortable progress to the fifth round of the FA Cup with a 3-0 win over Sheffield Wednesday on Gonzalo Higuain's debut.

Maurizio Sarri named the striker, who signed on loan from Juventus in midweek, in his starting XI but the new arrival had minimal impact as the holder saw off its Championship opponent at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

The Argentina international passed up the opportunity to make it a goalscoring bow, refusing Willian's offer of taking the 26th-minute penalty that the Brazilian subsequently tucked away for his 50th Chelsea goal.

In the build-up to the game, Callum Hudson-Odoi had reportedly handed in a transfer request amid interest from Bayern Munich but Sarri's selection was vindicated as the winger netted a fine second shortly after the hour.

Higuain was replaced by Olivier Giroud in the 82nd minute and the substitute swiftly had a hand in the third, laying the ball off for Willian to stroke home from the edge of the box and complete a convincing victory, three days on from the shoot-out win over Tottenham that earned Chelsea a place in the EFL Cup final.

It was Higuain who had the first sight of goal, firing wide on the turn following a pass from Mateo Kovacic, before VAR correctly overturned Andre Marriner's initial decision to award Wednesday a spot-kick when replays showed Ethan Ampadu won the ball ahead of Joey Pelupessy.

To make matters worse for the Owls, they soon conceded a penalty as ex-Chelsea midfielder Sam Hutchinson trod on Cesar Azpilicueta and Willian converted from 12 yards, sending Keiren Westwood the wrong way.

Wednesday came close to an equaliser early in the second period when Adam Reach's mis-hit cross clipped the outside of the post but it was a rare moment of optimism for the visitor as Higuain headed a half-chance wide from Ampadu's delivery.

The second did soon arrive, however, as Andreas Christensen lofted a ball over the top for Hudson-Odoi, who showed superb control before cutting inside left-back Morgan Fox with a classy backheel and firing beyond Westwood.

Wednesday's goalkeeper will perhaps feel he could have done better with that effort, but he could do nothing about Willian's precise finish as the Brazilian curled into the bottom-right corner after exchanging passes with Giroud.

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