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Sunday, 20 February, 2000, 17:19 GMT
Chelsea crush Gills

Flo starts the rout with a thumping header

Chelsea 5-0 Gillingham

Chelsea made their Premiership pedigree count as they ended the last Second Division team's involvement in the FA Cup and marched into the semi-finals.

Match facts
16; Flo's goal sets Chelsea on the way
49: Terry at last makes it 2-0 to the Blues
50: Weah nets a header
85: Zola scores from the spot
89: Morris completes the scoring
Gillingham, who had added some underdog romance to this season's competition, were crushed in the Stamford Bridge quarter-final.

Peter Taylor's side had beaten Bradford and Sheffield Wednesday en route to the last eight.

But hopes of a third Premiership scalp proved far-fetched, as Gianluca Vialli's men used all their multinational nous to crack five goals and set up an intriguing semi-final with Newcastle.

The Blues were just 1-0 up at the break, after Tore Andre Flo's opener - but two goals in as many minutes early in the second half effectively ended the contest, before further polish was added to the scoreline in the closing stages.

Gillingham's 7,000 travelling fans, perhaps realising their side had little chance of victory, cheered their players throughout as they were given a second-half masterclass.

Flo show

Chelsea went ahead after 16 minutes, as Uruguayan midfielder Gustavo Poyet crossed from the left and Flo used his aerial expertise to great effect.

Harley tries his luck from a set piece
The Norwegian was at full-stretch as he headed the ball back across keeper Vince Bartram and into the far corner of the net.

Gillingham worked tirelessly early on to close the gap in class and had a great chance to equalise when Nicky Southall put in a splendid cross from the left, eluding the lunge of Marcel Desailly - but Andy Thomson headed inches over the bar.

Gianfranco Zola, who has scored just once since the opening day of the season, almost ended his goal drought with a dipping drive, while John Harley sent a free-kick just over the bar.

Bartram kept Gillingham in the match in first-half stoppage time, as he turned George Weah's goalbound shot onto the bar after good work from Didier Deschamps.

Maiden strike

But Gillingham's brave resistance was ended with a double strike after the interval.

Teenage centre-back John Terry scored his first senior goal for Chelsea with a header after 49 minutes.

Zola nips past Southall's challenge
And seconds later Chelsea were three up, as Weah flicked a through-ball from the impressive Deschamps over Bartram and into the net.

By now Chelsea were rampant and only a combination of fine goalkeeping and sloppy finishing kept the score down.

Bartram saved from Morris and Zola and Bernard Lambourde fluffed a glorious chance, with Gillingham unable to repel the Blue hordes.

Five minutes from time, Zola gave the scoreline a realistic note, stroking a penalty into the bottom corner after Jody Morris had been pulled back by Browning.

Morris then finished the job a minute from time, reacting first to beat Bartram after his first volley had hit the post.


Chelsea: De Goey, Lambourde, Terry, Desailly, Harley, Poyet, Deschamps, Morris, Zola, Weah, Flo. Subs: Petrescu, Sutton, Ambrosetti, Cudicini, Clement.

Gillingham: Bartram, Southall, Ashby, Pennock, Butters, Edge, Smith, Hessenthaler, Lewis, Saunders, Thomson.
Subs: Asaba, Nosworthy, Browning, Hodge, Mitten.

Referee: P Durkin (Dorset)
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