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Michy Batshuayi brace sends Chelsea through to FA Cup…

Chelsea recovered from their Carabao Cup semi-final defeat by easing past Newcastle in the FA Cup as Michy Batshuayi struck a brace.

Former Blues boss Rafael Benitez returned to Stamford Bridge once again but could not cause a fourth-round upset as the hosts cruised to a 3-0 victory.

Arsenal beat Chelsea midweek to seal a place in the Carabao Cup final but Batshuayi finished off a good team move to open the scoring on Sunday afternoon.

Michy Batshuayi scored a first-half brace against Newcastle (John Walton/PA)

The Belgium striker, linked with a January move away from the club, then doubled the lead just before half-time.

Newcastle had kept Chelsea goalkeeper Willy Caballero busy but could not find a way to get back into the tie before Marcos Alonso sealed safe passage into round five with a fine free-kick.

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