Chelsea 4-2 Leicester: Player ratings as Chelsea wild FA Cup win over Leicester


Chelsea needed stoppage-time goals from substitutes Carney Chukwuemeka and Noni Madueke to see off 10-man Leicester 4-2 in a wild FA Cup quarter-final at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea  were 2-0 up before the visitors got back on level terms but a superb flick from the outstanding Cole Palmer set up Chukwuemeka to slot the ball into the corner to put Chelsea 3-2 up before Madueke rounded off the score. brilliant solo performance.

Chelsea led by two at the break thanks to goals from Marco Cucurella and Cole Palmer, while Raheem Sterling saved a first-half penalty.

An incredible own goal from Axel Disasi and a goal from Stephy Mavididi improbably pulled Leicester back before Callum Doyle was sent off at the last minute.

There was extra time until Pochettino’s substitutes won it.

Chelsea took the lead after 12 minutes and the move began with a powerful save from Moises Caicedo to win the ball on the edge of their box. One pass released Palmer down the right, he looked up to see Nicolas Jackson galloping and crossed for an unmarked Cucurella to tap home.

Nerves settled around Stamford Bridge after Leicester’s strong opener, but it has become a ground accustomed to existing in a state of apprehension.

Robert Sanchez hesitated and Patson Daka almost dispossessed him, only luck spared the keeper embarrassment. Abdul Fatawu could have done better when he headed Dak’s cross wide at the back post.

Whatever frustration the winger felt, he allowed it to get the better of him moments later when he smashed the back of Sterling inside the box for the penalty.

Sterling has only scored six goals in the league this season and took the ball out of regular Palmer’s hands, a move he would quickly come to regret. The penalty was hit low and central and saved by Jakub Stolarczyk.

He had a chance to make amends for his penalty mistake when he was dispatched by a fine through ball from Caicedo, but he put the shot wide and only Stolarczyk beat it.

Sterling finally put things right in the dying minutes of the first half. He got the ball into the box, ran it almost to the touchline, and crossed low from the left for the oncoming Palmer to make it 2-0.

Chelsea were in full control but things changed in ridiculous circumstances five minutes after the break.

Disasi got the ball back from a throw-in at right-back and Daka quickly put him under pressure. The Leicester striker turned to play his goalkeeper, nudged him at the moment of contact and his pass slipped out of his control and sailed past Sanchez for a comical own goal. And after 62 minutes it was tied.

Mavididi cheaped the ball wide, turned, and ran at Gust. The defender stepped back and with a flick of his right foot, Mavididi sent a fine arcing shot past Sanchez’s post and in.

The visitors were amazed, but within minutes there were 10 of them.

Jackson was tripped by defender Doyle and Andrew Madley was initially penalized and shown a yellow card. VAR showed the contact was outside the box, but as Leicester’s furthest player at the back, Doyle saw red.

Madueke came off the bench to see a first-time shot caught low to his right by Stolarczyk before skiing one from 12 yards into the Matthew Harding Stand.

The last hope of avoiding extra time seemed to have vanished. Then came Palmer’s flick, Chukwuemeka’s finish, and Madueke’s sublime touch to send Chelsea to Wembley.

Chelsea player ratings

GK: Robert Sanchez – 4/10 

RB: Malo Gusto – 7/10

CB: Axel Disasi – 3/10 

CB: Trevoh Chalobah – 6/10 

LB: Marc Cucurella – 8/10 

CM: Moises Caicedo – 6/10

CM: Conor Gallagher – 6/10 

RM: Cole Palmer – 8/10 

AM: Raheem Sterling – 4/10 

LM: Mykhailo Mudryk – 6/10

CF: Nicolas Jackson – 7/10

SUB: Carney Chukwuemeka (78′ for Mudryk) – 8/10

SUB: Noni Madueke (86′ for Sterling) – 8/10

SUB: Ben Chilwell (90′ for Cucurella) – 6/10

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