By Andrew Norther Chelsea scored a stunning victory over Leicester City in the FA Championship on Saturday, becoming the first English club to win the trophy for two successive seasons.
The Blues took a commanding lead through Anthony Knockaert’s penalty as the visitors were denied by a late Branislav Ivanovic save.
It was a memorable occasion for Chelsea fans, as they were handed their first FA Cup victory since 1996 by a side they had beaten in the previous campaign.
They had previously lost four successive FA Cup matches and the first of these came in 1999, when they were beaten 3-1 by Southampton in the first leg of the final.
And the Blues will now be back in action for the first time since November 2012, when Leicester were knocked out in the fourth round.
Newcastle United were denied a fourth successive home win at Wembley by a scoreline of 1-0.
After an impressive first half, the visitors found themselves in trouble with the equaliser from a spot-kick after Alex Pearce’s header hit the bar.
And after Ivanovic was called into action to keep out a shot by Juan Mata, he made no mistake when he made a vital clearance to put the hosts in front with just four minutes to go.
The hosts continued to press and Nathan Ake’s cross from the right side was turned into the back of the net by John Ruddy for his first goal for the club since he joined from Sunderland for £16m.
The home side took the lead after 15 minutes through Eden Hazard’s header, and it was just a matter of time before the visitors equalised, and the winner came through a rare assist from Eden Hazard, who cut inside from the left.
And despite losing their third successive home game, Newcastle are now four points clear of leaders Sunderland at the top of the Premier League table.
And Newcastle’s win will give Chelsea a much-needed win in the Championship on Sunday and they will be without their star striker Eden Hazard for the trip to London.
They have scored just twice in seven league games, while Chelsea have conceded nine goals in that time.
The Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho will be hoping to replicate that performance in the opening leg of their tie at St James’ Park.