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Chelsea 1-1 (5-3 pens) Norwich: Blues labour to victory to secure spot in FA Cup fourth round in controversial tie

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Caballero’s save and Hazard’s successful spot-kick proved decisive in the shootout

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Chaotic Chelsea ended a five-hour scoring drought before advancing in the FA Cup with a 5-3 penalty shootout win over Norwich.

The Premier League champions thought they had won for the first time in 2018 as Michy Batshuayi was on target in Wednesday night’s FA Cup third-round replay at Stamford Bridge.

But Jamal Lewis headed in Timm Klose’s cross in the fourth minute of stoppage time for 1-1 and force extra time, when Pedro and Alvaro Morata were sent off.

The early stages of extra time saw Willian booked for diving in the penalty box, however, replays suggest he was unlucky to be penalised. Controversially, referee Graham Scott did not consult VAR to the outrage of the home crowd. 

Pedro, earlier booked for diving, was also sent off for a second bookable offence after being booked for diving in normal time. 

And Morata also saw red, receiving a yellow card for diving and an immediate second yellow for his vociferous complaints, which was followed by a pitch invader furious at the referee’s handling of the game.

But the Blues escaped to advance to a fourth-round tie with Newcastle as Willy Caballero saved from Nelson Oliveira and Eden Hazard ensured Chelsea scored all five of their spot-kicks.



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