Chelsea edge out Leicester to reach FA Semi-finals

Tyler Owen
March 19, 2018

Pedro of Chelsea kicks the corner flag as he celebrates scoring their second goal during The Emirates FA Cup Quarter Final match against Leicester City.

As it stands, Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur, Southampton and Chelsea will be looking to secure the two spots of the final. They continue to work hard and to make progress on the pitch, collectively and individually, tactically and technically.

Pedro scored the victor in extra-time after Jamie Vardy had levelled the scores.

The Spanish striker scored on a counterattack minutes before the break.

Both sides went for a victor in the final 10 minutes - Morata backheeling against the post from a Cesc Fabregas cross, although the offside flag was up, and Vardy firing low at Caballero before Schmeichel was quickly off his line to deny Morata.

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Sweden, however, came back on Niklas Ingvarsson's power-play goal and closed out the period with Per Kasperi's short-handed goal. The room exploded with cheer as Natalie Wilkie crossed the finish line and officials confirmed her gold medal placement.

But the tie was finally decided on the 105th minute when Pedro beat goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel to N'Golo Kante's cross.

TheBlues were not handed any favours whatsoever from the hosts, who forced the game into extra time after Alvaro Morata's 42nd-minute strike was cancelled out by Jamie Vardy in the 76th minute.

Southampton rallied after halftime to defeat third-tier Wigan 2-0 and reach the semifinals in Mark Hughes' first match in charge. Chelsea were miles off the level we know they can operate at, and the home side were far-far better for larger periods in the game, doing more than enough to win it.

But the visitors improved in the second half and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg made the breakthrough in the 62nd minute when he converted a corner at the near post. "He's been fantastic since the beginning, and made fantastic saves in the game", the Frenchman added.

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