After a pulsating match which went into extra-time, Chelsea came out the victors. Let’s delve into the action!
Leicester City showed why their no pushovers, with chances from Wilfried Ndidi and Ben Chilwell forcing Willy Caballero into making vital saves.
Chelsea also had their chances, but didn’t break the deadlock until four minutes to go until the break with a goal from Alvaro Morata. The goal started from a misplaced pass from Kelechi Iheanacho, which Chelsea took full advantage of, with Riyad Mahrez then going on to lose the ball in the build-up.
Iheanacho was presented with an opportunity to redeem himself following his earlier error when Marc Albrighton crossed into the box, but the former couldn’t quite get there.
Jamie Vardy saw his headed effort go amiss following a neat cross from Ndidi. Chelsea were let off there!
After a plethora of efforts at goal from both sides, it was Leicester City that equalised with 14 minutes to go. Vardy was quickest to the ball and scored following a goalmouth scramble.
Following that, neither side could find the winner, so extra-time was played…
Super-sub Pedro headed his side into the lead in the last minute of the first half of extra time. A goalkeeping error from Kasper Schmeichel (thought he was doing the right in by coming off his line, but got his judgment wrong) gifted Chelsea the goal. A great cross from former Leicester City man N’Golo Kante found the Spaniard who beat Schmeichel to the ball.
Despite going behind, Claude Puels side continued to dig deep to equalise but were blocked both times from Kante and Victor Moses.
After that interesting tie, Chelsea prevailed to go through to a Wembley semi-final v Southampton.
Thoughts on the game
Leicester City were simply outdone by the better opponent, but that’s not to say they didn’t give it their all, they sure did!
Two things to mention: Kelechi Iheanacho’s poor pass to Riyad Mahrez which lead to Chelsea taking the lead was inexcusable. He’s got to pass better than that!
There was a moment in extra time when Mahrez struck the ball straight at Kante, which hit his former teammate’s hand (or so some thought). Kante could do little about that, so I thought that wasn’t a penalisable offence.
With the international break upon us, both sides can take a breather until late March/early April. Leicester City face Brighton (away) in their quest to maintain a top seven push (currently doing battle with Burnley), and Chelsea take on Tottenham Hotspur (at home) in what’ll be an interesting clash. Can Chelsea finish in the top four?