Southampton stunned, Chelsea assert authority

Andre Schurrle finished a resilient Derby side off as the hosts pulled a goal late on after Filipe Luis and Eden Hazard opened the scoring. Favorites Chelsea look set to wrap up this competition early next year as Mourinho's quest for unprecedented quadruple rumbles on.

Filipe Luis' fantastic free-kick
A magnificent free kick from the Brazilian saw the blues control the match. Midfield linchpin Cesc Fabregas returned and was behind everything the Londoners managed to do. The Blues now wait for the draw as Derby turn their focus back to trying to gain Premier League promotion. Chelsea saw yet another red produced to an opponent as stand in defender Buxton was sent off for holding logic Remy. Just before the halftime whistle blew there was concern for young Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma.

The pedestrian pace the stretcher bearers were using annoyed not just the management and fans but Cesc Fabregas and Cesar Azpilicueta who rushed on to grab the front and briskly lead on. A 15 the assist for Fabregas and another semifinal for a Jose Mourinho team. The Blues march on.

When it rains, it pours. Southampton were knocked out by Sheffield United who have lost just one match in 16 games in the FA Cup and League Cup. The Nigel Clough side have a confidence within them in these competitions and replicated their amazing run from last year were they made the Semifinals of the FA Cup. A free kick which Fraser Forster couldn't hang onto was bundled over by Marc Mcnulty . Saints' misery was further compounded when they received a red card as Florin Gardos floored the goal scorer. That's five losses in a row for Ronald Koeman and the honeymoon is over.

Sheffield United will hope to avoid Chelsea until the final stage as they must believe that their time is now. The Capital One Up looks like Jose's to lose.

Article contributed by: Benedict Chanakira

Twitter: @bchanakira2

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