Chelsea edge Leicester to book Wembley place

Ross Barkley’s second-half strike was enough to send Chelsea into the semi-finals of the FA Cup.

The Blues came into the game on the back of a thrilling win against Manchester City. Frank Lampard made six changes to Thursday night’s starting XI with the likes of Billy Gilmour coming into the side.

Chelsea began the game in utter shambles and could have easily gone behind in the opening stages. Youri Tielemans forced Willy Caballero into a good save early on after intercepting a loose pass in the midfield.

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The Foxes put the Blues under immense pressure as they constantly hassled them into making mistakes.

The away side weathered the storm, grew into the game and created the best chance of the half. A lovely pass by Mason Mount found Christian Pulisic who was denied a third goal in consecutive games since the restart by Kasper Schmeichel’s acrobatic save.

Chelsea went into the interval lucky not to be behind and Lampard certainly recognized that. He reacted with three half-time substitutions throwing Ross Barkley, Cesar Azpilicueta and Mateo Kovacic into the mix. His side gained control of the game and started the second half on the front foot.

Just past the hour mark, Chelsea took the lead. An inviting cross by Willian was swept home by Barkley for his third FA cup goal of the campaign.

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Consequently, Leicester threw men forward in search of an equalizer. James Justin’s adventurous run and cross found Tielemans inside the Chelsea box but his touch let him down at the crucial moment.

They went closest to levelling matters when Marc Albrighton’s cross went all the way to the back-post locating Soyuncu. However, Azpilicueta did enough to put the Turk off and prevent him from scoring.

Chelsea would have put the game to bed a few minutes from time if not for another brilliant save by Schmeichel. One goal was however enough as they advanced to the semis where they will be facing Manchester United.

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