By Babajide Okeowo
An Oliver Norwood’s own goal and a late Hakim Ziyech strike send Chelsea into FA Cup semi-finals.
The Blues looked set to stroll through to a last-four spot at Wembley when Oliver Norwood’s first-half own goal handed them the lead at the interval, but a thrilling Sheffield United rally pushed Thomas Tuchel’s side right to the wire.
The Blades came alive in the second half and should have forced extra-time, but David McGoldrick squandered a gilt-edged header from six yards before substitute Rhian Brewster lashed into the side-netting in stoppage-time.
Hakim Ziyech then made sure of the Chelsea victory – their 10th from 14 games under Tuchel – with their second goal with virtually the last kick of the game as the Blues joined Manchester City and Southampton in the last four.
Despite Tuchel making wholesale changes following the midweek Champions League victory over Atletico Madrid, Chelsea maintained their attacking fluency and dominance of the ball but found chances hard to come by against a battling Blades outfit.
Chelsea then weathered a spirited second-half Sheffield United fightback to reach the FA Cup semi-finals with the 2-0 quarter-final victory at Stamford Bridge.