Ross Barkley strike sends Chelsea into FA Cup semis

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Eight-time FA Cup winners Chelsea reached the semi-finals on Sunday as midfielder Ross Barkley got here off the bench to safe a deserved 1-Zero victory at faltering Leicester City.

Barkley, one of many three modifications supervisor Frank Lampard made at halftime, slid residence the winner in the 63rd minute because the west London facet joined Manchester United and Arsenal in last 4.

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Leicester had been the higher facet earlier than the break and had the majority of the probabilities against a torpid Chelsea, however the guests had been a special proposition after the interval.

Tammy Abraham had a objective dominated out for offside after which Barkley discovered area in the world to clip Willian’s measured cross previous goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel simply previous the hour.

Leicester, with out the creativity of attacking midfielder James Maddison who was lacking with a hip downside, struggled to reply though they did mount some belated late stress.

Chelsea have been buoyant for the reason that season resumed following the novel coronavirus stoppage, successful each of their Premier League {games} to consolidate fourth place and so they now have a Cup semi-final to sit up for.

Leicester alternatively have struggled to rediscover their rhythm, drawing twice in the league, and whereas they’re {still} third, different teams are respiration down their neck.

“It was vital to get the win and maintain the momentum going,” Barkley stated. “At halftime we stated it’s not adequate and to be vocal on the pitch, and we improved.”

It was the third of this yr’s FA Cup quarter-finals to be {won} by the away facet and the way Leicester may have executed with the noisy assist they normally obtain on the King Power Stadium.

They did begin the sport nicely with Harvey Barnes having half an opportunity and Jonny Evans simply failing to attach with a header.

Chelsea keeper Willy Caballero didn’t have a lot to do, though he did scramble away a Youri Tielemans shot.

Lampard was sad and will clearly be heard telling his team to “enliven” in the empty stadium.

Young trio Mason Mount, Billy Gilmour and Reece James all got here off at halftime with Barkley, Mateo Kovacic and Cesar Azpilicueta despatched on so as to add some expertise.

Lampard was rewarded with a much-improved show.


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