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Chelsea progress to semis at expense of ten-men Leicester

2024/03/17 15:03

Chelsea booked their spot in the FA Cup semi-finals after a hard-fought victory over Championship leaders Leicester City.

The home side took the lead in just the 13th minute through a quick attack with Nicolas Jackson doing well to put in a ball across the face of goal that gave Marc Cucurella the easiest of finishes.

Raheem Sterling should have doubled Chelsea's lead when he was judged to have been fouled by Fatawu Issahaku in the box. The forward then took the resulting penalty but his effort was well-saved by Jakub Stolarczyk.

Chelsea did eventually get a second just before half-time. Sterling, who had just missed another good chance for his side seconds before, found space in the area to put in a low ball that Cole Palmer converted.

The Championship side were given a lifeline shortly after the restart thanks to a bizarre own goal by Axel Disasi. The defender was under pressure from Patson Daka as he passed back from 40 yards out. The pass was nowhere near Robert Sánchez who was further out of his goal and unable to get back in time to prevent the pass from nestling in the net.

That galvanised the Foxes who equalised with just over an hour gone when Stephy Mavididi jinked past Malo Gusto and produced a fine curling effort that Sánchez couldn't keep out.

Leicester were reduced to 10 men with 70 minutes gone on the clock when Callum Doyle brought down the onrushing Jackson. The on-loan Manchester City defender clipped the right foot of Jackson on the edge of the area with the forward through on goal and about to fire, giving referee Andy Madley no other option.

With the game looking like it was going to extra time, Chelsea's Premier League quality eventually showed with two stunning goals in stoppage time to win the game.

The first was a fantastic one-two between Carney Chukwuemeka and Cole Palmer. It was Palmer's backheel that put Chukwuemeka just in front of goal to fire his effort into the net.

Then just in the dying seconds, Noni Madueke produced a stunning solo effort as he jinked around a few defenders and sent an effort into the top corner to guarantee Chelsea's place at Wembley for the semi-finals.

xG: Chelsea (4.77) 4-2 (0.66) Leicester City


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2024-03-17 17h02m by hturnerford
As a Chelsea fan, I am absolutely delighted with our hard-fought victory over Leicester City in the FA Cup semi-finals. Our attack looked sharp, with Nicolas Jackson setting up Marc Cucurella for a clinical finish. Raheem Sterling had a great chance to double our lead from the penalty spot, but unfortunately was unable to convert. However, he made up for it by providing a perfect assist for Cole Palmer's goal just before half-time. Although we gave away a strange own goal
2024-03-17 16h24m by jwhiteheadbarnes
Great game from the Blues, they really showed their quality against a tough opponent. Definitely deserved the win and onto the semis we go!
2024-03-17 16h02m by omitchellsonjones
The ball took a wicked bounce over the head of the onrushing Kepa Arrizabalaga and into the net

Wow, what a game! As a Chelsea fan, I couldn't be happier with the result. We showed great determination and skill to come out on top against a tough Leicester City team. Our attack was on fire and it's great to see Sterling and Palmer getting on the scoresheet. Kudos to Disasi for the own goal, but hey, we'll take
2024-03-17 15h52m by l_10_brownfield
However, his attempted backpass went straight into his own net.

Chelsea fans, what a game! So proud of our boys for booking a spot in the FA Cup semi-finals. We showed great enthusiasm and determination throughout.
2024-03-17 15h18m by lhalliday_bart
Great win for Chelsea in the FA Cup quarter-finals! The boys showed true determination and fought hard for every goal. Excited to see them move on to the semis!
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U Sunday, 17 March 2024 - 12:45
Stamford Bridge
Andy Madley
Marc Cucurella 13'
Cole Palmer 45'
Axel Disasi 51' (o.g.)
Carney Chukwuemeka 90'
Noni Madueke 90'
Stephy Mavididi 62'


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