Chelsea secure Wembley return after dramatic FA Cup win over Leicester

 

Cole Palmer celebrates with teammates Marc Cucurella, Mykhaylo Mudryk and Raheem Sterling of Chelsea after scoring his team's second goal during the Emirates FA Cup Quarter Final between Chelsea FC and Leicester City FC at Stamford Bridge on March 17, 2024 in London, England. 

Chelsea booked their place in the FA Cup semi-finals with a thrilling 4-2 win over Leicester at Stamford Bridge.

It had looked like being a comfortable afternoon for Mauricio Pochettino’s side at half-time, with goals from Marc Cucurella and Cole Palmer giving the Blues real control despite a penalty miss from Raheem Sterling.

But a freak own goal from Axel Disasi after the break gave Leicester hope and Stephy Mavididi then curled a stunning finish into the top corner to get the Championship side level.

Chelsea were awarded a penalty with 20 minutes remaining as Nicolas Jackson was brought down, though it was overturned after a VAR review deemed the contact from Callum Doyle was outside the area. It was only a slight let-off for the Foxes though, as Doyle was duly shown a straight red card.

The home fans grew increasingly frustrated as the match ticked into stoppage-time, but the pressure was lifted as Carney Chukwuemeka combined superbly with Palmer and slid a cool finish beyond Jakub Stolarczyk.

Leicester’s race was run, but there was still time for Noni Madueke to get himself on the scoresheet, drifting beyond the challenges and brilliantly finding the top corner with the final kick, as the Blues secured a Wembley next month.

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