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).