English FA Cup

March 18, 2012

Full-time

Chelsea

5 - 2

Leicester City

English FA Cup

14:05 +00:00, March 18, 2012

Stamford Bridge, England

Referee: Lee Probert

  • 93'

    FULL TIME A cracking cup tie and it is Chelsea who go through to the semis. They deserved it, Torres was excellent and they were clinical in front of goal. Torres will grab the headlines with his brace, while Leicester can be proud of their efforts.

  • 91'

    Three minutes added....

  • 90'

    Torres makes it, cutting inside and unselfishly squaring the ball for Meireles who fires home from 16 yards.

  • 90'

    GOAL Meireles makes the game completely safe.

  • 89'

    Nugent so bearly made it 4-3! A cross dropped in between Nugent and Luiz five yards out and they wrestle for the ball.

  • 88'

    A superb strike into the top corner from 30 yards. A fabulous effort.

  • 88'

    GOAL What a goal from Marshall! 4-2!

  • 87'

    Sturridge tries to walk the ball into the net again. He must be so frustrating to play with.

  • 86'

    Six shots for Torres today, four on target, two goals.

  • 85'

    A near post header from the corner and he's back with a bang. Again he applauds the home crowd.

  • 85'

    GOAL Torres again!

  • 85'

    Torres is having a go from anywhere now - this time he wins a corner via a deflection.

  • 84'

    Ben Marshall replaces Richie Wellens.

  • 82'

    Danger for Chelsea in the box as a bouncing ball troubles Luiz and Cech and the Portuguese defender pokes it over his bar to prevent Beckford getting there to turn it home.

  • 80'

    Sublime to the ridiculous for Beckford now as he squirts a shot high and wide from the edge of the box.

  • 79'

    But they are always vulnerable on the counter as Torres nearly nips in for a second.

  • 78'

    If Leicester can grab one in the next five minutes, then who knows?

  • 76'

    Danns shoots from distance and the ball cannons back off the bar for Beckford to slot home. Neat finish. That is 15 in 16 FA Cup ties for him.

  • 76'

    GOAL Beckford pulls one back!

  • 75'

    Ivanovic trots off and Luiz comes on.

  • 74'

    Another chance as the ball breaks for Beckford but Cech saves his snapshot smartly before Ivanovic coolly chests back to the keeper.

  • 73'

    They nearly did as well, as Nugent tries to square the ball for Beckford but slips. Still wins a corner though.

  • 71'

    Be nice for them if they could a goal though.

  • 70'

    Leicester's race is run now. Only pride to play for.

  • 68'

    Sturridge rises to meet Malouda's cross but nods wide.

  • 68'

    He's hungry for more now as he fires a shot narrowly over the bar. Great effort. What a weight off his shoulders it must be. The crowd celebrated rapturously.

  • 67'

    Riotus celebrations as he bundles this ball into the net - not a tidy finish but he won't care, scuffed into the corner as Meireles found him.

  • 67'

    GOAL TORRES SCORES!

  • 66'

    Leicester need a bit more impetus up front - they may as well lose 4-0 risking a comeback.

  • 64'

    Changes for both sides. St. Ledger is replaced by Jeffrey Schlupp, and for Chelsea Kalou makes way for Essien, who John Champion tells us, is the hero of Schlupp.

  • 63'

    Very close for Dyer as he took on Cahill and rifles a low shot wide of ther far post.

  • 62'

    Very poor cross from Koncheskyfrom the corner, Chelsea break then Bosingwa turns in an equally poor cross when he had three to aim at.

  • 60'

    Danns wins a corner as Mikel turns his cross behind.

  • 60'

    Over 25 hours without a goal for Torres now.

  • 59'

    Torres takes down Bertrand's cross, steps inside and has his shot blocked. It was going miles wide anyway. Probably helped him out.

  • 58'

    Wellens is playing well and he finds Nugent in the box but Chelsea deal with his cross.

  • 57'

    A poor pass from Torres as he gets in over the top - Malouda is waiting for a tap in but the ball allows Bamba to clear for a corner.

  • 55'

    For those who are interested, here is the new Premier League table.

  • 54'

    Full time at Molineux and it ends Wolves 0-5 Man Utd.

  • 53'

    Malouda dances inside Danns and fires off a shot but it doesn't trouble Schmeichel.

  • 52'

    Sturridge has to be one of the most greedy footballers I've ever seen. Again he neglects a pass to Torres, who is not happy at all.

  • 51'

    Malouda forces Schemiechel into a smart low save. Torres was lurking but Konchesky tidies up.

  • 50'

    Decent break from Bertrand but a poor cross. Then Konchesky tackles Sturridge well.

  • 49'


    Chelsea's Gary Cahill, formerly of Bolton, reveals a 'Pray 4 Muamba' shirt after scoring his opening goal

  • 48'

    Malouda has come on for Mata at half time by the way. Sensible from RDM.

  • 47'

    Wellens tries to release Beckford but Cech is out to claim.

  • 46'

    We begin again....

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    A reminder that Wolves currently trail Manchester United 5-0, who are doing their goal difference the world of good. Only three behind City now. You can follow the final 15 minutes or so here.

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    Gary Cahill scores the opener

  • 45'

    HALF TIME A comfortable half for Chelsea in which they should have scored more than two. Leicester look capable up front but very leaky at the back.

  • 44'

    A big team talk approaching for Nigel Pearson as the camera picks out Boris Becker in the stands.

  • 43'

    Kalou looks for Mata but Bamba clears.

  • 42'

    That knee injury has taken its toll on Gallagher and he'll be replaced by Lee Peltier.

  • 41'

    Wolves 0-5 Man Utd. Hernandez. Embarrassing.

  • 40'

    Good football from Danns as he swaps passes with Dyer and gets into the box but Cahill tracked him and made a vital interception.

  • 38'

    Gallagher has a pop and wins a corner as Cahill deflects the ball behind.

  • 37'

    Torres wastes good possession on the left trying to find Meireles.

  • 36'

    Wolves are sinking without a trace as Hernandez has made it 4-0. Wanderers are heading to the bottom on goal difference.

  • 34'

    Be good for the game if Leicester can get one back before half time. Chelsea fans will disagree, obviously.

  • 33'

    Excellent work from St Ledger as he finds Beckford but the striker's touch is poor and Cahill clears, then Dyer robs Cahill and forces a fine save from Cech.

  • 32'

    Another shot from outside the box from Leicester, as Beckford drills one wide. He should have at least hit the target.

  • 30'

    More woeful play from Leicester as Wellens loses the ball and Kalou tries to be too intricate when he should have taken on the shot inside the area.

  • 29'

    Gallagher is alright to continue. Surprising, given the heap he was in a moment ago.

  • 28'

    Nigel Pearson uses the break to try and reorganise with some of his players.

  • 27'

    Gallagher is down after trying a reverse pass. He's clearly twisted his knee. He looks in some pain.

  • 26'

    Leicester are being ripped apart here as Cahill roams forward and passes to Mata, but the ball hits his heel. He was in on goal too.

  • 25'

    Wellens with a wild shot when he had time to line up an effort.

  • 24'

    Top effort from Torres now as he cuts along the edge of the box and smashes a shot on goal that Schmeichel does well to save.

  • 23'

    It goes without saying, he should have buried that.

  • 22'

    Great work from Mata on the left, a lovely cross and Torres, from seven yards out with a free header, nods it right into Schmeichel's arms.

  • 20'

    Sturridge looks in the mood, he turns Konchesky and draws the keeper but his dink from an angle goes wide. Torres is apoplectic, as he was square with a tap in.

  • 19'

    Now St Ledger crosses for Beckford but his header loops up for Cech to claim.

  • 18'

    Gallagher tries an effort that flies narrowly over the bar.

  • 17'

    All set up by Torres - quality burst down the right and a cracking ball across for Kalou who finishes calmly. Great goal.

  • 17'

    GOAL Kalou makes it two!

  • 15'

    Decent touch from Bamba as he gets to the edge of the box but his shot is blocked.

  • 14'

    Danger for Leicester as Sturridge gets round the back and nearly squares for Torres, Konchesky clears near his own line as Mata tried to sidefoot home.

  • 13'

    Leicester will be disappointed with the goal - Cahill headed home from about five yards out. Where was Schmeicel? His dad is looking on in the stands too.

  • 12'

    Cahill nods in from Mata's corner and then reveals a t-shirt that reads "Pray 4 Muamba". The two played together at Bolton of course.

  • 12'

    GOAL Cahill scores!

  • 10'

    Definitely game over at Molineux, 3-0 now as Welbeck scores. Beckford shoots wide from the edge of the box at the Bridge.

  • 8'

    A right old scramble in the box as Bertrand and Beckford battle for the ball. Decent spell for Leicester as Nugent's cross is blocked for a corner.

  • 7'

    It's now 2-0 to Man Utd, after Valencia's goal, and Ronald Zubar has been sent off. Game over then, you'd say.

  • 6'

    JT is on the bench, but no gesticulating as yet.

  • 4'

    Torres meets the corner but nods over.

  • 3'

    Great work from Torres as he drives forward and finds Mata. His right foot shot is blocked for a corner.

  • 2'

    Kasper Schmeicel takes the first cross in Leicester's box.

  • 1'

    KICK OFF

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    There is another game underway, in the Premier League, and Manchester United are 1-0 up at Wolves thanks to a goal from Jonny Evans. That game has 38 minutes gone.

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    A round of applause for Fabrice Muamba before the game. Several players on show have played with him.

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    Leicester make just one change following their 3-1 win over Birmingham in their Championship match on Tuesday night with former Liverpool full-back Paul Konchesky replacing Tom Kennedy.

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    John Terry is rested completely after his exertions in midweek. Not sure if he'll be handing out instructions on the touchline.

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    Big changes for Chelsea - only Petr Cech, Branislav Ivanovic, Daniel Sturridge and Juan Mata remain from the team that beat Napoli. Fernando Torres is back as are Jose Bosingwa, Gary Cahill, Ryan Bertrand, John Obi Mikel, Raul Meireles and Salomon Kalou.

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    Afternoon all and welcome to live commentary on Chelsea's FA Cup quarter final with Leicester from Stamford Bridge.