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Chelsea beat Birmingham 2-0 in the FA Cup

posted 6 Mar 2012, 14:28 by Mpelembe Admin   [ updated 6 Mar 2012, 14:29 ]

Chelsea beat Birmingham 2-0 in Roberto Di Matteo's first match in charge which sees the Blues set-up an FA Cup quarter-final tie against Leicester City.

BIRMINGHAM, UK (MARCH 6, 2012)(PITCH) -  Goals by Juan Mata and Raul Meireles gave Chelsea's new interim coach Roberto Di Matteo a winning start as the Londoners cruised past second tier Birmingham City 2-0 in an FA Cup fifth-round replay on Tuesday (March 6).

After a scrappy first half at St Andrews the visitors went in front in the 54th minute when Mata bundled the ball home from close range following a right-wing cross by Brazilian Ramires.

Meireles made the game safe six minutes later with a venomous right-foot shot from 20 metres after good work down the right by Branislav Ivanovic.

Mata missed a penalty in the 69th minute after Fernando Torres was brought down in the box but it made little difference as Chelsea secured a quarter-final date at home to second-tier Leicester City later this month.

Italian Di Matteo took charge on Sunday following the sacking of Portuguese Andre Villas-Boas on Sunday (March 4).