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Chelsea escaped the horror – ready for the quarter-finals

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Chelsea escaped the horror – ready for the quarter-finals

Chelsea advanced in the FA Cup with a scream of distress. Photo: Kirsty Wigglesworth / AP / NTB

By NTB | 28.02.2024 22:38:16

Sport: For a long time, Chelsea looked like they would have to go to extra time against Leeds from the lower level in Wednesday’s round of 16, but substitute Gallagher saved the blues from the capital in the final minutes.

Thus, the dream of a trophy is alive for Mauricio Pochettino and his men this season.

– The final loss in the league cup was a big disappointment. We wanted to fight back and give the fans something to celebrate and we did,” Gallagher told ITV.

He had a couple of great chances to decide the league cup final at the end of normal time, without success.

The final loss at Wembley meant that the FA Cup represented the club’s last real opportunity to win a trophy this season.

Leeds have handled last year’s relegation from the Championship series well. The team is currently in 2nd place and is one of the favorites to move up. The mood is particularly good after league leaders Leicester were beaten last Friday.

Chelsea didn’t get off to a dream start as Leeds took the lead after just eight minutes. Chelsea tried to play out from the back but messed it up and lost the ball. The ball eventually ended up in the hands of youngster Mateo Joseph, who slotted it into the goal. The goal was his first for the Leeds A team.

Ten minutes before the break, Chelsea took the lead through the reviled Mykhailo Mudryk. The Ukrainian has received a lot of criticism after the transfer from Shakhtar Donetsk. The 23-year-old came with a price tag of over NOK 800 million, but has only scored three goals in 19 games in the league this season. He has not started a league game since the end of 2023.

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He thus had a golden opportunity to show himself in Wednesday’s match. He seized that opportunity when he put the ball in the goal after another good Chelsea attack on the first touch after a cross from Raheem Sterling.

The teams went into the break at 2-1 to Chelsea.

The game could have gone either way in the closing minutes, but Gallagher came to the home side’s rescue and sealed the game in the last minute of regulation after turning up and slotting the ball into the goal after a pass from Enzo Fernandez.

Now Leicester await in the quarter-finals. Chelsea have home ground advantage then too. That match will be played on the weekend of March 16.

Chelsea visit Brentford in the league on Saturday. Leeds face Huddersfield.

The leadership did not last long. Seven minutes later, Nicholas Jackson equalized when he finished a great Chelsea attack past Leeds goalkeeper Illian Meslier. Moises Caicedo was second to last on the ball.

Leeds were the weakest in the first half, but definitely looked better in the second. After the hour played, they got a payoff when Mateo Joseph scored his second goal of the evening, this time with a header, after a great cross from Jaiden Anthony.

(©NTB)

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