Chelsea narrowly escape Plymouth trap

Chelsea survived an FA Cup fourth-round elimination when they overturned a late goal to a 2-1 win at home to Plymouth after extra-time thanks to goals from Spain’s Cesar Azpilicueta and Marcos Alonso.

Plymouth stun their rival when Macaulay Gillesphey struck the net from a free-kick in the eighth minute.

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel missed the match because the coronavirus and his team put on a modest performance and looked slow to move after a two-week break. Chelsea shot three times on goal in the first half and Plymouth’s defence kept the European champions at bay until Mason Mount’s low cross-pass to captain Azpilicueta who fired it in the goal.

Plymouth dealt with Chelsea’s attacks in the first half and extra time thanks to the brilliance of their defence and goalkeeper Michael Cooper.

Alonso sealed Chelsea’s win in the 16th minute of extra time after Kai Havertz’s pass, and five minutes before the end, European champion Kepa Arrizabalaga saved Ryan Hardy’s penalty.

West Ham suffer to qualify

Similar to neighbor Chelsea, West Ham also needed an extension to beat sixth-placed Kidderminster Harriers 2-1.

The London club was close to saying goodbye, remaining behind with the hosts ‘ opening goal through Alexander Penny (19) until the first minute of stoppage time when substitute Declan Rice (90+1) equalized.

As it happened at the end of home time, David Moyes’s side waited until the final seconds of the second half to snatch the winning goal through Jarrod Bowen (120+1).

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