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Chelsea stay unbeaten

2009-03-07 16:33

London - Chelsea made it five wins out of five under temporary manager Guus Hiddink as they became the first team to reach the semi-finals of this season's FA Cup with a 2-0 win over Coventry on Saturday.

Didier Drogba, who scored the winner in the midweek Premier League win over Portsmouth, put the visitors ahead in the 15th minute when he made the most of some hesitancy in the Championship side's defence.

Chelsea, whose team included Ashley Cole after the England defender was arrested for drunk and disorderly behaviour on Thursday, were made to work hard by 1987 Cup winners Coventry.

It was not until the 72nd minute that Brazil defender Alex finished off a sweeping move to make it 2-0 to Chelsea and even then it still needed a fine save by Petr Cech to deny Coventry striker Clinton Morrison a late goal.

Manchester United continue their quest for five trophies this season when they are away later Saturday to Premier League rivals Fulham in the day's other FA Cup quarter-final.

Everton are at home to Middlesbrough in another all top-flight last eight clash on Sunday when Arsenal, who are a round behind, face Championship side Burnley who knocked the Gunners out of the League Cup in December and also beat Chelsea and Fulham in the same competition.

AFP