Chelsea claimed a narrow 2-1 win against Plymouth Argyle in the Emirates FA Cup after extra time in an encounter they could have lost, MySportPlug reporting.
The match wasn’t an easy one for the Blues who had so much work to do against the lower League who came in the encounter much prepared and didn’t gave the Champions of Europe any breathing space as they struggled all through the 90 minutes played at Stamford Bridge.
Marcos Alonso goal in the extra time was enough to hand the Blues safe passage into the next round of the Emirates FA Cup after their opponent gave them a big scare pushing the game into 120 minutes which could have ended either way for the two sides who played well.
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Both teams had it good in the first half of the encounter which saw them getting something good in their attempts going forward as the lower League side gave a good account of themselves.
The away side didn’t take long in getting the opening goal which came through the head of Macauley Gillesphey t make the scoreline 0-1 as early as 8 minutes that saw the former Academy player from the Blues Jordan Houghton making the assist for Plymouth Argyle.
Chelsea were left stunned with how their opponent responded to them in an encounter which was expected to be easy for them knowing fully well the difference between them heading into this match which wasn’t looking good for the Champions of Europe.
They approached the final few minutes of the first half with the lower League side still holding off their advantage as everything being done by the home side didn’t go beyond them hitting the back of the net which became more frustrating for them.
The leveler finally came in the 41st minutes which saw Cesar Azpilicueta beautifully beating the goalkeeper from an assist through Mason Mount which ensured they came back equalizing thing 1-1 as that was how it ended in the first half of the encounter.
The second half picked off good from both ends who made created a fair amount of opportunities with the pressure mainly on the away side who did well enough to hold things down making sure they weren’t easily beaten.
Chelsea had everything going exactly as planned with them hoping to finish off the lower League side who made sure the first 45 minutes wasn’t an easy one, but thanks to Cesar Azpilicueta who made sure they came back level before it ended for them escape going down in the break.
Plymouth Argyle continued doing fine as they looked like a Premier League side against the Champions of Europe who they continue to keep busy while they also did had some great opportunities of their own but it didn’t hit the right target which was easily dealt with.
The second half ended without anything happening between Chelsea Vs Plymouth Argyle while they both went inside after 90 minutes playing 1-1 with extra time awaiting them which was also another mouth-watering 30 minutes of football with so much happening.
They came in both good as the Blues were still left stunned on how the lower League side have been able to hold them off from scoring the killer which they needed badly to happen knowing their manager Thomas Tuchel was earlier ruled out after testing positive for Covid before the game.
Marcos Alonso gave Chelsea the lead in the 105th minutes plus additional time which saw the wing back finishing off calmly with an assist provided by Kai Havertz which gave them the needed 2-1 advantage as things carried on with more opportunities created from both ends.
Things could have gone back to square one in the 117th minute, but unfortunately, Plymouth Argyle player Ryan Hardie failed to convert a penalty being awarded to him which saw the Blues lead staying intact after another brilliant save from Kepa Arrizabalaga.
It ended with Chelsea advancing into the next round of the Emirates FA Cup after coming from behind to beat Plymouth Argyle 2-1 with extra time to enable them safe passage into the next round with their focus now heading to FIFA Club World Cup without Thomas Tuchel.