Ramires, Moses strike for Chelsea

Ramires, Moses strike for Chelsea

FA Cup: Embattled coach Benitez hits out after victory

Ramires, Moses strike for Chelsea

Second-half goals from Ramires and Victor Moses secured FA Cup holders Chelsea a 2-0 fifth round win at second tier Middlesbrough on Wednesday and set up a mouthwatering quarterfinal at Manchester United.

Chelsea, taken to a replay by third tier Brentford in the previous round, improved after a scrappy first half but got a stroke of luck on 51 minutes when Brazilian Ramires let fly from 20 metres and his well-struck shot took a large deflection.

The Premier League side made the game safe 17 minutes from time after fine work from substitute Eden Hazard. The Belgian exploited a tiring Middlesbrough defence with a strong run down the left, played a one-two with Oscar before squaring for Moses to double the lead.

Interim manager Rafael Benitez made eight changes from the side beaten 2-0 by Manchester City on Sunday.

Captain John Terry, rested for the City defeat and left on the sidelines for several recent games, was restored to central defence against the Championship promotion hopefuls, while Yossi Benayoun and Paulo Ferreira were handed rare starts.

Chelsea were rarely troubled by Boro, although Terry was forced to make one timely clearance late in the opening half when Petr Cech made a hash of saving Mustapha Carayol's dipping shot.

Benitez to quit

In a bitter outburst at the fans who have barracked him relentlessly and an angry swipe at the club's board for only appointing him 'interim' manager, Benitez said on Wednesday he will leave Chelsea at the end of the season.

The Spaniard, his cheeks puffed and flushed, hit out in his news conference following the 2-0 victory.

“I have been in charge in football for 26 years, won the Champions League, the Club World Cup, the FA Cup, the Italian Super Cup, the Spanish league twice -- nine trophies -- all the trophies you can win at club level,” Benitez began.

Warming to his task, he added: “A group of fans, they are not making any favour to the team and they are singing and wasting time preparing banners. It's because someone made a mistake. They put my title interim manager and I will leave at the end of the season so they do not need to waste time with me, they have to concentrate on supporting the team.”

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