Blues 0 Chelsea 2
Report of match 6th March 2012
Reporter Brian Cartlidge
Blues' participation in the FA Cup ended with a fifth round replay defeat against Chelsea.
Chelsea launched the post Andre Villas-Boas era in winning fashion as second half goals from Juan Mata and Raul Meireles secured a 2-0 victory at St Andrews on Tuesday night.
Two goals in six minutes approaching the hour mark from Juan Mata and Raul Meireles gave Roberto di Matteo a winning start to his reign as Chelsea's caretaker boss.
The Londoners, held to a 1-1 draw by Blues in the original tie, then had Mata's penalty saved by Blues goalkeeper Colin Doyle.
Blues battled until the end, but Mutch chipped over the bar from Chris Burke's ball while Chelsea keeper Petr Cech stood tall to save from Marlon King.
Chelsea will be at home to Leicester City in next week's quarter-finals.
|Competition: F.A. Cup with Budweiser Date: Tuesday, 6th March 2012 Kick off: 19:45 Venue: St. Andrews|
||0 - 2||Chelsea
|8||Guirane N'Daw (King 72)|
|17||Adam Rooney (Burke 59)|
|7||Chris Burke (Rooney 59)|
|9||Marlon King (N'Daw 72)|
|12||John Obi Mikel|
|7||Nascimento Ramires (Lampard 75)|
|10||Juan Mata (Essien 89)|
|21||Salomon Kalou (Sturridge 59)|
|23||Daniel Sturridge (Kalou 59)|
|5||Michael Essien (Mata 89)|
|8||Frank Lampard (Ramires 75)|
|Birmingham C. cards shown|
|28 mins||Nikola Zigic||Unsporting behaviour|
|Chelsea cards shown|
|63 mins||Fernando Torres||Unsporting behaviour|