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Chelsea suffered an FA Cup fourth-round scare on Saturday when they had to come from behind and needed extra time and a penalty save to beat League One Plymouth with goals from Cesar Azpilicueta and Marcos Alonso.
Plymouth shocked the Premier League side when defender Macaulay Gillesphey nodded the ball home from a free-kick in the eighth minute, sparking wild celebration and a shower of green balloons from the travelling fans.
Chelsea coach Thomas Tuchel had tested positive for Covid-19 and missed the game while his expensively assembled squad looked rusty and heavy-footed after a fortnight’s break.
Chelsea hit the woodwork three times in the first-half, twice through Mateo Kovacic and again through Callum Hudson-Odoi but Plymouth’s well drilled defence kept the European champions at bay until the 41st minute when quality told. Azpilicueta scored with a neat backheel from a low Mason Mount cross.
Plymouth absorbed waves of Chelsea attacks in the second-half and extra-time, and last-ditch defending as well as inspired goalkeeping from Mike Cooper kept the hosts out until the 16th minute of extra-time.
Alonso broke the deadlock when he got on the end of a pass from Kai Havertz and swept the ball in and with five minutes to go. Yet more drama was on its way as Kepa Arrizabalaga saved a penalty from Ryan Hardie.
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Kepa Arrizabalaga bailed out Chelsea with a late penalty save in Saturday’s FA Cup win over Plymouth.
The League One side took a shock lead at Stamford Bridge through Macaulay Gillesphey after only eight minutes.
But the Blues kicked into gear and hit the woodwork three times before Cesar Azpilicueta’s leveller.
Still, Plymouth defended heroically and forced extra-time before Marcos Alonso put Chelsea ahead. Kepa then saved Ryan Hardie’s 117th-minute spot-kick to secure his side’s spot in the fifth round.
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The Premier League has prevailed in the dying moments again as West Ham snatch a 2-1 win at Kidderminster after extra-time…
That’s that. What a cup tie.
120 mins: Two minutes added on…
119 mins: We’re not quite done yet – Plymouth have a good free-kick to load the box and Kepa punches well clear.


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