Middlesbrough’s Emirates FA Cup Journey Comes To An End As Chelsea Book A Place In The Semi-Finals

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Romelu Lukaku and Haki Ziyech grabbed the goals for Thomas Tuchel’s visitors as Boro, who stunned Manchester United and Tottenham in the fourth and fifth rounds, we’re unable to progress past the quarter-finals and fulfill their Wembley dream.

Middlesbrough, runners-up of the prestigious competition back in 1997, rallied admirably throughout the contest but Lukaku and Ziyech’s strikes opened up a two-goal advantage at the break.

Wilder’s team sought to cut the deficit in the second period but were unable to haul themselves into the match as Chelsea, who lost last year’s final to Leicester, safely secured another outing at Wembley next month.

The Riverside crowd had reached fever-pitch by kick-off and the opening exchanges did not disappoint.

Lukaku and Christian Pulisic could have put Chelsea ahead while at the other end, Isaiah Jones and Marcus Tavernier both looked dangerous for Boro.

But it was the eight-time Cup champions who broke the deadlock as Lukaku netted his second Cup goal of the season after just 15 minutes.

The Chelsea ace, who scored in their 5-1 triumph over Chesterfield in the third round, capitalized on good work from Mason Mount down the right-hand side to tap in past Joe Lumley and silence the home crowd.

Middlesbrough responded by enjoying a brief ten-minute rally but the visitors doubled their advantage on the half-hour mark as Ziyech, part of the move that kick-started the first goal, got on the scoresheet.

The skillful Moroccan – whose goal against Manchester City at Wembley fired Chelsea into last season’s Emirates FA Cup final – extended his fine form in the competition to drill a low, swerving shot past Lumley and double the Blues’ lead.

Tuchel’s team continued to bomb forward and could have made it three before the break when Lukaku’s effort was brilliantly diverted clear by Anfernee Dijksteel.

Wilder made two changes within ten minutes of the second half restart as experienced defenders Sol Bamba, 37, and Lee Peltier, 35, replaced Dael Fry and Paddy McNair.

And Bamba was immediately involved in the thick of the action as he denied Lukaku a potential clear run on goal from the halfway line.

Boro scrapped throughout the second period but was unable to create any series of sustained clear-cut opportunities as Chelsea, spearheaded by decorated veteran and man of the match Thiago Silva at the heart of their defense, continued to hold firm.

Lukaku came close to grabbing a second once again but Lumley was able to safely repel his near-post header after the Belgian had latched on to Mount’s free-kick.

Bamba then thwarted substitute Timo Werner’s close-range effort as the visitors were restricted to two goals and safely navigated their way to Wembley for yet another domestic final.

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