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Abraham FA Cup hat-trick powers Chelsea

Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham grabbed a hat-trick in a 3-1 win over Championship side Luton Town at a snowy Stamford Bridge to book the Premier League side’s place in the FA Cup fifth round.

Top-flight sides Leicester City and Burnley are also through to the last-16 with Leicester coming back from a goal down to beat second-tier Brentford 3-1, while Jay Rodriguez scored twice for Burnley in a 3-0 win at Fulham.

Chelsea took the lead in the 11th minute when a quick throw-in caught Luton’s defence napping, allowing Timo Werner to make a run down the right channel and cut the ball back for Abraham who fired a low shot past goalkeeper Simon Sluga.

Abraham doubled the lead six minutes later when he flicked a header from Reece James’ cross past Sluga, whose indecisiveness after coming off the line saw him stranded in no-man’s land as the ball sailed over him into the net.

Luton pulled one back on the half-hour mark when Chelsea keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga failed to keep out Jordan Clark’s low effort which squeezed between his hand and leg into the net.

But Chelsea began to dominate in the second half and the introduction of Callum Hudson-Odoi had an instant impact as his one-two with Billy Gilmour allowed him to fire the ball into the six-yard box for Abraham to get his third with a simple tap-in.

He is the first player to score an FA Cup hat-trick for Chelsea since Brazilian Oscar against MK Dons in January 2016, and the first Englishman to do so since now-manager Frank Lampard’s treble against Macclesfield 14 years ago.

Werner did have the chance to make it 4-1 with a penalty after he was fouled by Clark but the German, who has scored just one in his last 15 appearances, saw his shot well saved by Sluga.

Chelsea will next have a last-16 tie at Barnsley, who beat fellow Championship side Norwich City 1-0 on Saturday.

Leicester, who were without striker Jamie Vardy due to a hernia, were stunned in the seventh minute when Danish defender Mads Sorensen put Brentford ahead, knocking the ball in from close range when they failed to clear a corner.

But second-half goals from Cengiz Under, Youri Tielemans, from the penalty spot, and James Maddison saw the Foxes through to face Brighton & Hove Albion in an all-Premier League fifth round tie.

Rodriguez’s double, plus a goal from Kevin Long, earned Burnley a meeting with either fourth-tier League Two side Crawley Town or Bournemouth, who meet on Tuesday.

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