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Chelsea 2-0 Forest

5 January 2019

Nottingham Forest exited the Emirates FA Cup at the hands of the holders Chelsea following a 2-0 defeat at Stamford Bridge this afternoon.

Alvaro Morata's second-half brace proved to be the difference between the two teams as Forest put in a spirited display against the eight-time winners.

Luke Steele saved a penalty from Cesc Fabregas in the first half to ensure it was goalless at the break, but the Premier League side came out on top to progress in the competition.

The first chance of the match fell to the home side on 13 minutes and a point-blank save by Steele kept Chelsea at bay. Davide Zappacosta's teasing cross from the right was met by Alvaro Morata in front of goal but his header was superbly saved by Steele from six yards out.

A minute later and Emerson's free kick sailed narrowly over the bar before Callum Hudson-Odoi was stopped by a fine block by Claudio Yacob.

As the half-hour mark approached, Chelsea had a great chance to take the lead as they were awarded a penalty. Danny Fox brought down Ruben Loftus-Cheek in the area, Cesc Fabregas stepped up but saw his penalty superbly stopped by Steele down low to his right.

Chelsea couldn't find a way past Steele in the first half, but they took just four minutes of the second period to find the opener through Morata. Callum Hudson-Odoi played a low cross in from the right and the Spanish forward arrived to poke home at the near post.

The Reds responded well to that setback however, with Adlene Guedioura testing Willy Caballero in the Chelsea goal and Daryl Murphy seeing a header saved, but on 59 minutes Chelsea and Morata found their second.

Minutes after somehow Morata fired over the bar from two yards out, he found his second of the game as he headed home from Hudson-Odoi's cross.

There was another good response from Forest as substitute Joe Lolley prodded into the side netting, Murphy headed wide of the target and Ben Osborn saw a shot from 25 yards out fizz past the past.

The Reds were more than a match for their Premier League opponents as the game drew to a close but they couldn't find a way back into the game as Forest exited the competition at the third-round stage.

Forest: Steele, Darikwa, Yacob, Fox (c), Janko, Guedioura, Colback, Cash (Lolley 57'), Carvalho, Osborn, Murphy

Unused subs: Smith, Robinson, Yates, Dias, Appiah, Ahmedhodzic

Booking: Colback 67'

Chelsea: Caballero, Zappacosta, Christensen, Luiz, Emerson, Ampadu, Fabregas (c) (Kante 85'), Barkley, Loftus-Cheek (Hazard 42'), Hudson-Odoi, Morata (Azpilicueta 75')

Unused subs: Arrizabalaga, Rudiger, Jorginho, Moses

Goals: Morata 49', 59'

Booking: Barkley 41'

Referee: Andrew Madley

Attendance: 40,544 (2,860 away)

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