Caballero helps 9-man Chelsea survive Norwich scare



Caballero saves Chelsea

Chelsea, decreased to 9 males,  wanted a penalty shoot-out earlier than lastly killing off Norwich after a 1-1 attract Wednesday’s FA Cup third spherical replay.

The Antonio Conte males should pay plenty of gratitude to order goalkeeper, Willy Caballero, who made the essential penalty save to ship the London crew into the fourth spherical at dwelling to Newcastle.

Chelsea had completed extra-time all the way down to 9 males after late purple playing cards for Pedro and Alvaro Morata at Stamford Bridge.

They had been pressured into the additional interval when Jamal Lewis’s last-gasp equaliser cancelled out Michy Batshuayi’s strike.

Caballero responded, making the essential save from Nelson Oliveira within the 5-Three shoot-out win.

It was a primary win in 2018 for Chelsea, who had drawn their 4 earlier matches in all competitions this yr.

“It is the FA Cup, it is not easy to win the game. We gave everything, at the end of the game we played 9 v 11 so we showed great character,” Chelsea star Eden Hazard mentioned.

“We are happy but also sad that we lost two players. Now we can focus on the league.”

Norwich supervisor Daniel Farke added: “To be honest it’s a big disappointment, some of the lads are sitting with tears in their eyes in the dressing room.”

Conte had made 9 modifications from the Zero-Zero draw with Leicester on Saturday, with Hazard, Cesc Fabregas, Thibaut Courtois and N’Golo Kante neglected of the beginning line-up.

After the kick-off was delayed for 15 minutes attributable to site visitors congestion across the stadium, Chelsea dominated the primary half and nearly went forward when Danny Drinkwater’s 25-yard drive hit the crossbar.

But they couldn’t discover the breakthrough and Oliveira practically offered it for Norwich as an alternative when his effort hit the bar.

The Blues lastly ended their three-match purpose drought within the 55th minute when Belgian striker Batshuayi completed off Kenedy’s cross from shut vary for his first senior purpose since October.

Josh Murphy hit the publish as Norwich pushed for an equaliser earlier than the out-of-form Morata got here off the bench and missed an opportunity to wrap up the win.

That blunder from Morata got here again to hang-out Chelsea within the fourth minute of stoppage-time when Timm Klose whipped in a superb cross and teenage defender Lewis rose to look his first skilled purpose in off the far publish.

Conte was livid that the video assistant referee didn’t intervene when Willian was denied a penalty and booked for diving after a problem from Klose caught the Brazilian in extra-time.

Chelsea have been decreased to 10 males when Pedro earned a second reserving for a foul on Wes Hoolahan.

And there was extra controversy within the remaining seconds when Morata was booked for fall within the space after which protested so vehemently that referee Graham Scott despatched off the ahead for a second yellow card.

In the shoot-out, Oliveira’s kick was saved by Caballero, whereas Willian, David Luiz, Cesar Azpilicueta, Kante and substitute Hazard transformed for Chelsea.

At the DW Stadium, third-tier Wigan, who gained the FA Cup in 2013, brushed apart under-strength Bournemouth of their third spherical replay. Wigan gained Three-Zero.

Eddie Howe made eight modifications to the crew that beat Arsenal on Sunday and Bournemouth, 13th within the Premier League, appeared misplaced with their understudies in motion.

Sam Morsy put Wigan on the right track for the upset with the ninth-minute opener.

Dan Burn’s shot went in off the crossbar to double Wigan’s lead within the 73rd minute earlier than Callum Elder’s header three minutes later wrapped up the victory.

Wigan subsequent face a fourth spherical tie at dwelling to West Ham.

Wilfried Bony gave Premier League strugglers Swansea a 2-1 win over Championship leaders Wolves of their third spherical replay.

Jordan Ayew additionally scored for Swansea, who journey to fourth-tier Notts County within the subsequent spherical.