Chelsea made light of their off-field problems with another great performance on the pitch, as they advanced to the FA Cup semi-finals with a 2-0 win against Middlesbrough on Saturday.
Middlesbrough, who had knocked out Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur in previous rounds, were knocked out in the first half by goals from Romelu Lukaku and Hakim Ziyech.
After 15 minutes, Lukaku tapped in Mason Mount’s low cross, followed by Ziyech’s goal 16 minutes later.
Middlesbrough had a wild reception inside the Riverside Stadium, but they never looked like upsetting the visitors, who were always in command.
Chelsea, which has been the subject of multiple takeover proposals, is operating under a special license granted by the British government after Russian owner Roman Abramovich was sanctioned as a result of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Only a few hundred Chelsea fans were inside the stadium due to ticket limitations, but they could rejoice because their club had advanced to the semi-finals for the sixth time in six seasons.