Sunday March 18, 2012 6th Round Finished Stamford Bridge

Chelsea 5 - 2 Leicester City

  • Cahill 12’
  • Kalou 18’
  • Torres 67’, 85’
  • Raul Meireles 90’
  • Beckford 77’
  • Marshall 89’

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  1. Torres brace helps Chelsea reach semis

    Torres brace helps Chelsea reach semis

    Fernando Torres scored twice as Chelsea reached the semi-finals of the FA Cup with a 5-2 win over Leicester at Stamford Bridge. More

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    Time:90'
    • Chelsea
    • Leicester City
    • 90+3' The final whistle goes, and Chelsea march on into the FA Cup semi-finals once again!
    • 90+1' GOAL!! CHELSEA 5-2 LEICESTER!! Torres powers down the left before turning inside, leaving Bamba on the floor. He squares the ball for Meireles and tees the Portuguese up to fire past Schmeichel!
    • 90' That's Marshall's first goal for Leicester, and it's a contender for goal of the competition this season.
    • 89' GOAL!! CHELSEA 4-2 LEICESTER!! Wonderful goal from Marshall! The substitute, on loan from Sheffield Wednesday, curls in a beautiful strike from 25 yards out that Cech can only watch sail past him into the top corner!
    • 86' Having waited more than 25 hours for a goal, Torres has scored two in 18 minutes!
    • 85' GOAL!! CHELSEA 4-1 LEICESTER!! TORRES AGAIN!! Meireles's corner comes to Torres at the near post, and he glances a header across goal that nestles inside the far post!
    • 85' Torres has a go from 20 yards out, and the block takes the ball out for a corner.
    • 84' Leicester substitution: Ben Marshall replaces Wellens.
    • 82' Danns takes a better corner this time, but Peltier heads well over the bar.
    • 81' Luiz a little too casual there as he has to prod the ball over the bar with Beckford stalking up beihind him!
    • 80' Beckford is now the top scorer in the FA Cup this season with six goals, and has scored 15 goals in his last 16 FA Cup games.
    • 77' GOAL!! CHELSEA 3-1 LEICESTER!! Danns's strike beats Cech but rebounds off the post, and Beckford is on hand to fire home the rebound!
    • 76' Chelsea substitution: David Luiz replaces Ivanovic.
    • 75' The ball ricochets off Cahill on the edge of the box and Beckford strikes first time, but he's denied by a good reaction stop from Cech!
    • 74' Danns takes the corner for Leicester this time, but it's floated harmlessly into the box and Chelsea clear.
    • 73' Wellens slips a ball intot he path of Nugent, whose low cross is turned behind for a corner by Ivanovic.
    • 72' Leicester are surely dead and buried now. The question is will Chelsea get a hatful before the match is through.
    • 70' Torres doesn't want to wait that long for another, and he fires a well struck effort over the bar!
    • 68' Torres scores his fifth goal of the season more than 25 hours of playing time after his fourth!
    • 67' GOAL! CHELSEA 3-0 LEICESTER!! TORRES SCORES!! FERNANDO TORRES ACTUALLY SCORES!! Sturridge plays Meireles down the right and the Portuguese squares for Torres. The Spain striker takes controls with his first touch and that rolls a finish past Schmeichel with his second!
    • 65' Rampaging run through the middle by Ivanovic, but his attempted pass wide for Bertrand is intercepted.
    • 64' Leicester substitution: Jeffery Schlupp repalces St Ledger.
    • 64' Chelsea substitution: Michael Essien replaces Kalou.
    • 63' Schmeichel's long throw works its way to Lloyd Dyer on the right. The Leicester man powers his way past cahill into the box and hits a low strike wide of the far post!
    • 62' Konchesky's delivery is poor and cleared by the first man in a blue shirt.
    • 61' Leicester win a corner, their fifth of the game. Konchesky will take as the Foxes pile plenty forward.
    • 59' Bertrand is up the field from left-back. Torres controls and moves on to his left foot, but the strike rebounds off a defender. In all honesty, the ball looked like it was going well wide anyway.
    • 57' Torres beats the offside trap as he controls a long ball with the outside of his boot. He flicks it across the box to Sturridge but Morgan tracks back to intercept.
    • 55' Wellens battles gamely with Branislav Ivanovic and eventually wins a free-kick off the big Serb defender. Leicester fail to make good use of the set piece on the left wing, though.
    • 54' Malouda again! This time he's fed by Raul Meireles, works it on to his left foot and fires wide of the near post!
    • 53' Excluding penalty shootout defeats, Chelsea are unbeaten in 22 home FA Cup games.
    • 51' Malouda's low drive from the edge of the box is parried well by Schmeichel! So many of Chelsea's old players have a point to prove.
    • 50' A subdued start to the second half. You can understand Chelsea feeling they can relax a little.
    • 48' By the way, in the Premier League Manchester United are laying waste to Wolves, currently winning 5-0 at Molineux. You can follow that match here.
    • 47' Torres takes on Konchesky down the right, but this time the former Liverpool full-back gets the better of the Spain forward.
    • 46' The second half is underway!
    • HT Chelsea substitution: Florent Malouda replaces Mata.
    • 45+2' The whistle blows for half-time. If there is a ray of hope for Leicester, it is that for all Chelsea's dominance and chances, the Foxes are still only two goals down.
    • 45+1' Two minutes of added time are signalled.
    • 45' Kalou tries to feed Sturridge with a reverse pass from the left, but the England forward is not on the same wavelength.
    • 44' Mata's corner is cleared. Chelsea appear to have finally taken their foot off the gas a little as half-time approaches.
    • 43' Leicester substitution: Lee Peltier replaces Gallagher.
    • 42' Gallagher heads Konchesky's corner to the far post back across goal, but Torres is there to make the block. Torres leads the charge out on the counter that eventually leads to a corner.
    • 41' Very poor corner, low and to the near ost, cleared with ease. Danns makes a determined surge into the Chelsea box and he earns Leicester another corner from the opposite flank.
    • 40' Gallagher twists and turns before his shot from range yields a corner.
    • 39' Torres has no one near him as he retrieves the ball at the byline. The ball into the low is canny but intercepted before it reaches another blue shirt.
    • 37' Chelsea are appearing in the quarter-final for the sixth time in seven years, and have made the semi-finals in four of the last six. Their one quarter-final defeat in that spell, however, came against a team from the Championship (Barnsley in 2008). A repeat of that looks unlikely today, though.
    • 35' Chelsea defend the corner and the second ball with ease. Leicester retain possession but are forced to play the ball all the way back to Schmeichel.
    • 34' That's more like it! Cahill mistimes his sliding interception and Danns fires a solid strike on goal that Cech palms around the post!
    • 33' Leicester came with plenty of attacking intent early on, but after being pulled apart by Torres and Mata the wind has gone out of their sails somewhat.
    • 32' Beckford goes for goal from the edge of the Chelsea box, but he drags his low shot comfortably wide of Petr Cech's goal.
    • 31' On the tweets, Harper Broadus says: "if chelsea can keep playin like this, it wont take long for Torres to start scoring......it been ages since i saw him score." - You and the rest of us!
    • 30' Beckford is the joint-top scorer in the FA Cup this season with five goals, and has scored 14 goals in his last 15 FA Cup games.
    • 28' Leicester have plenty of attacking options on the bench should they need to make a change. Gallagher is up on his feet and limps to the sidelines for more treatment so the game can continue.
    • 26' Gallagher has gone down clutching his knee after turning on it awkwardly. The Scottish forward is receiving treatment on the field.
    • 25' Ryan Bertrand has a speculative pop from range that Schmeichel fumbles. Torres's determination ensures Leicester cannot clear their lines. Chelsea look hungry for more goals.
    • 23' Mata feeds Torres on the edge of the box. The striker moves towards the D before thumping a decent effort on target which Schmeichel pushes away two-handed! You have to think this is a great chance for Torres to end his barren spell today.
    • 22' Lovely touch from Mata to set up Torres, but the striker's effort is right at Schmeichel. Mata made a mug of Sean St Ledger there. Those two will meet in a group match at Euro 2012, representing Spain and Ireland respectively.
    • 20' Great first touch from Sturridge as he brings down Cahill's long ball forward. The England international gets past Sol Bamba and has Torres calling for it, but he opts to lift the ball over Schmeichel and it bounces wide of the far post!
    • 19' That is Kalou's first FA Cup goal of the season. His has now scored one in the Premier League, Champions League, FA Cup, Carling Cup and African Cup of Nations this season. Symmetry.
    • 18' GOAL!! CHELSEA 2-0 LEICESTER!! Torres again surges down the right and plays square inside, this time to Kalou. The Ivorian latches on to it, takes a touch and manages to squirm the ball under Schmeichel and into the unguarded net!
    • 17' More neat build-up from Leicester which allows Paul Gallagher to put in a decent cross, but Cahill gets there first ahead of Beckford.
    • 16' Mata swings in another corner, again close to schmeichel, but this time Morgan gets his head to it before a Chelsea player.
    • 14' Nice feet from Sturridge inside the Leicester box as he skins Konchesky, but the Championship side manage to scramble the ball clear on this occasion.
    • 13' Cahill celebrates by revealing a t-shirt bearing the message 'Pray 4 Muamba', in support of his former Bolton team-mate.
    • 12' GOAL!! CHELSEA 1-0 LEICESTER!! All too easy. Mata swings in the corner from the right and Kasper Schmeichel stays on his line, allowing Cahill to leap ahead of Wes Morgan and head home his first goal for Chelsea!
    • 11' Jermaine Beckford clips Gary Cahill's ankles as the Chelsea defender shields the ball from him.
    • 10' The Blues are appearing in the quarter-final for the sixth time in seven years, and have made the semi-finals in four of the last six.
    • 9' Chelsea hack the Leicester corner clear all the way into the visitors' half at the second attempt.
    • 8' Good attacking spell this for Leicester, and David Nugent's low cross is blocked for a corner.
    • 7' On Twitter, Saied Ali can only see one winner today: "I think Chelsea will come back from that win against Napoli feeling confident. So they should sweep Leicester aside." Anyone disagree? Let me know
    • 6' Paul Konchesky's cross is headed away. Neil Danns controls 20 yards from goal and shoots, but his control was with his hand.
    • 5' Plenty of possession in the Leicester half for Chelsea. Salomon Kalou looks for an opening before the ball coems to Mata. The cross from the left is poor and headed clear.
    • 4' The corner comes to Torres, who guides his effort off target from a difficult position.
    • 3' Daniel Sturridge releases Torres down the right wing. The striekr squares the ball to his fellow Spaniard, Juan Mata, on the edge of the box. Mata takes a moment to check on to his weaker left foot, allowing the block to be made. Corner to Chelsea.
    • 2' Fernando Torres surges through midfield and is brought down by Richie Wellens. Torres has gone more than 24 hours without a Chelsea goal now.
    • 1' Chelsea kick off and we're underway at the Bridge!
    • 14:05 The players are walking out on tot he pitch now. We'll be underway shortly...
    • 14:02 Some nice words from both managers about Muamba ahead of this game. Pearson has worked with the midfielder at various England youth levels, and describes him as "a lovely, lovely man".
    • 14:00 You can share your thoughts on this match during the game by getting in touch with me via Twitter @tony_mabert. Is an upset on the cards?
    • 13:55 Leicester boss Nigel Pearson is also getting excited at the thought of a dose of that good old Cup magic: "It is an opportunity for the players to go and enjoy the challenge of playing against one of the top sides in the country. If we apply ourselves in the way we did against Birmingham, then who knows what could happen? We certainly go into the game as underdogs, but the players must look at it as an opportunity to cause an upset, because that is what the FA Cup is all about."
    • 13:50 Di Matteo won the FA Cup twice with Chelsea, scoring in both final victories, so it's no surprise that he is a fan of the competition: "It’s one of the most exciting competitions in the world. It’s watched all around the world. It involves the whole country. Everyone feels connected to it and involved. This club has a very good history in the competition too. We played Leicester [in 1997] as well and we had a replay and it was very difficult then."
    • 13:45 Head-to-head: Leicester have never beaten Chelsea in the FA Cup, losing all four previous ties (twice after replays). The Blues have won their last three clashes with Leicester at Stamford Bridge, with Frank Lampard scoring a hat-trick in the last meeting in 2007. In that match, the Foxes led 3-2 with three minutes to go, before Andriy Shevchenko and Lampard struck to send the Blues through.
    • 13:40 Paul Konchesky comes back into the reckoning for Leicester. Konchesky – brother-in-law of Chelsea skipper Terry - has served a three-match suspension following his red card during the Championship victory over midlands rivals Coventry at the start of the month. Other than that, manager Nigel Pearson goes with the same side which beat Birmingham City in midweek. Midfielder Danny Drinkwater, back-up goalkeeper Conrad Logan and teenage defender Liam Moore are all cup-tied. Leicester City team page
    • 13:35 Chelsea are missing captain John Terry. Blues captain Terry failed to finish Wednesday night's Champions League triumph over Napoli, while centre-back partner David Luiz was limping badly afterwards with an ankle injury and only makes the bench. Branislav Ivanovic and Gary Cahill are at the heart of the defence, while Ryan Bertrand makes his third FA Cup start of the season at left-back. Fernando Torres starts up front as the Blues look to make it four wins out of four under Roberto Di Matteo. Chelsea team page
    • 13:30 Chelsea: Cech, Bosingwa, Ivanovic, Cahill, Bertrand, Mikel, Meireles, Sturridge, Mata, Kalou, Torres. Subs: Hilario, Luiz, Essien, Lampard, Drogba, Malouda, Ferreira /// Leicester: Schmeichel, St, Ledger, Morgan, Bamba, Konchesky, Gallagher, Wellens, Danns, Dyer, Nugent, Beckford. Subs: Smith, Peltier, Howard, Marshall, Schlupp, Kennedy, Hopper.
    • 13:25 This match is one of several being played today which are overshadowed by the news that Bolton Wanderers midfielder Fabrice Muamba remains in a critical condition after suffering a cardiac arrest during last night's tie at Tottenham. Bolton have confirmed this afternoon that Tuesday's Premier League trip to Aston Villa has been postponed. Story: Bolton postpone Villa trip
    • 13:20 Welcome to Eurosport's live coverage of the FA Cup sixth-round tie between Chelsea and Leicester city at Stamford Bridge!
  • Summary

    • 90+1' GOAL!! CHELSEA 5-2 LEICESTER!! Torres powers down the left before turning inside, leaving Bamba on the floor. He squares the ball for Meireles and tees the Portuguese up to fire past Schmeichel!
    • 85' GOAL!! CHELSEA 4-1 LEICESTER!! TORRES AGAIN!! Meireles's corner comes to Torres at the near post, and he glances a header across goal that nestles inside the far post!
    • 77' GOAL!! CHELSEA 3-1 LEICESTER!! Danns's strike beats Cech but rebounds off the post, and Beckford is on hand to fire home the rebound!
    • 75' The ball ricochets off Cahill on the edge of the box and Beckford strikes first time, but he's denied by a good reaction stop from Cech!
    • 70' Torres doesn't want to wait that long for another, and he fires a well struck effort over the bar!
    • 67' GOAL! CHELSEA 3-0 LEICESTER!! TORRES SCORES!! FERNANDO TORRES ACTUALLY SCORES!! Sturridge plays Meireles down the right and the Portuguese squares for Torres. The Spain striker takes controls with his first touch and that rolls a finish past Schmeichel with his second!
    • 63' Schmeichel's long throw works its way to Lloyd Dyer on the right. The Leicester man powers his way past cahill into the box and hits a low strike wide of the far post!
    • 59' Bertrand is up the field from left-back. Torres controls and moves on to his left foot, but the strike rebounds off a defender. In all honesty, the ball looked like it was going well wide anyway.
    • 54' Malouda again! This time he's fed by Raul Meireles, works it on to his left foot and fires wide of the near post!
    • 51' Malouda's low drive from the edge of the box is parried well by Schmeichel! So many of Chelsea's old players have a point to prove.
    • 34' That's more like it! Cahill mistimes his sliding interception and Danns fires a solid strike on goal that Cech palms around the post!
    • 23' Mata feeds Torres on the edge of the box. The striker moves towards the D before thumping a decent effort on target which Schmeichel pushes away two-handed! You have to think this is a great chance for Torres to end his barren spell today.
    • 22' Lovely touch from Mata to set up Torres, but the striker's effort is right at Schmeichel. Mata made a mug of Sean St Ledger there. Those two will meet in a group match at Euro 2012, representing Spain and Ireland respectively.
    • 20' Great first touch from Sturridge as he brings down Cahill's long ball forward. The England international gets past Sol Bamba and has Torres calling for it, but he opts to lift the ball over Schmeichel and it bounces wide of the far post!
    • 18' GOAL!! CHELSEA 2-0 LEICESTER!! Torres again surges down the right and plays square inside, this time to Kalou. The Ivorian latches on to it, takes a touch and manages to squirm the ball under Schmeichel and into the unguarded net!
    • 12' GOAL!! CHELSEA 1-0 LEICESTER!! All too easy. Mata swings in the corner from the right and Kasper Schmeichel stays on his line, allowing Cahill to leap ahead of Wes Morgan and head home his first goal for Chelsea!
    • 3' Daniel Sturridge releases Torres down the right wing. The striekr squares the ball to his fellow Spaniard, Juan Mata, on the edge of the box. Mata takes a moment to check on to his weaker left foot, allowing the block to be made. Corner to Chelsea.
    • 13:30 Chelsea: Cech, Bosingwa, Ivanovic, Cahill, Bertrand, Mikel, Meireles, Sturridge, Mata, Kalou, Torres. Subs: Hilario, Luiz, Essien, Lampard, Drogba, Malouda, Ferreira /// Leicester: Schmeichel, St, Ledger, Morgan, Bamba, Konchesky, Gallagher, Wellens, Danns, Dyer, Nugent, Beckford. Subs: Smith, Peltier, Howard, Marshall, Schlupp, Kennedy, Hopper.

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