Premier League giants, Chelsea have defeated resilient Championship side Norwich via penalty shootout
Hazard scored the deciding penalty for the host
– The victory ensured that Chelsea progressed to the next round of the competition
Premier League giants, Chelsea have defeated resilient Championship side Norwich 5-3 via penalty shootout to progress in the Emirates FA cup competition.
The first leg of tie at the Carrow Road ended in a goalless draw, that forced a replay between the both side at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea defeat resilient Norwich in penalty shootout to progress in FA cup
Antonio Conte side as expected started the game as the most dangerous side, causing havoc to the Norwich defence from kickoff but the Canaries held strong to their tight defensive plan and at the end of the first 45 it was goalless at the Bridge.
After much pressure from the host, Kennedy found Michy Batshuayi with a sweet pass and the Belgian striker unleashed a shot straight into the top left corner.
After a tough but entertaining 90 minutes of action, match officials gave an additional four minutes extra time and that was all Norwich needed to cause an upset in the game.
Jamal Lewis does well to meet a cross in the 94th minute from Klose inside the box and he planted a header into the top right corner to send the game into a surprise extra time.
Alvaro Morata and Pedro both got the marching orders from match referee Scott .G in the extra time of the game.
The game progressed to penalty shootout and it was Eden Hazard last strike that ensured the Premier League champions celebrated in front of their home fans with a 5-3 penalty victory.
In other FA Cup return leg tie, Swansea defeated Championship side Wolves 2-1, while Wigan stunned Bournemouth 3-0.