Kepa Arrizabalaga penalty heroics sends Chelsea to the FA Cup 5th round

for Tv47 Digital February 05, 2022, 04:05 PM
Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga celebrates saving the Plymouth penalty in the fourth round of the FA Cup. Photo/Courtesy

Kepa Arrizabalaga saved an extra-time penalty as Chelsea beat a resilient league 1 side - Plymouth - 2-1 at the Stamford Bridge.

The visitors took the lead eight minutes into the play through Macaulay Gillesphey's header from very close range to the bottom right corner.

Their lead however didn't last long as the reigning European Champions drew level through a César Azpilicueta clever flick from the center of the box, with four minutes to the half-time whistle.

In the second half, Chelsea made two changes as Marcos Alonso replaced Andreas Christensen to strengthen the blues forward line.

After 90 minutes the two sides couldn't be separated forcing the match to 30 minutes of extra time.

In the first-half of the extra-time, Chelsea took the lead through Alonso who swept the ball in to finish a low cross from Kai Havertz.

The drama was not yet over as Plymouth were awarded a penalty in the dying minutes when Malang Sarr fouled Ryan Hardie in the 18-yard box.

Fortunately for the Premier League side, second choice goalkeeper Kepa saved the spot Kick.

Chelsea will now travel to Qatar for the upcoming FIFA club world next week.

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