CHELSEA WON 5-3 AGAINST NORWICH CITY AFTER A 1-1 DRAW
The Blues were unable to find a way past their opponents in their previous features 11 days ago – one of four-successive draws since the start of 2018 – and the pressure is now on to get a result this evening if they are to get their faltering campaign firmly back on track.
Chelsea desperate to put things right in this game, then having started 2018 off with a string of draws. Not only have the Blues stuttered in the Premier League, losing ground on the sides around them, but they have also left their participation in both cup competitions in the balance. With a trip to Arsenal to come in the EFL Cup next week – that one remains goalless after the first leg. For Norwich this evening, there are loads of immense work to be done here
Chelsea starting to enjoy themselves now as they close in on a first goal in four games. A trademark pass over the top from Cesar Azpilicueta is brought down and then dragged wide by Willian inside the area. The Blues certainly have their shooting boots on tonight, with Luiz blasting a free kick down the middle from around 30 yards for Gunn to deal with. Nothing major for the City keeper to do thus far, but Chelsea just warming up.
Norwich had a breakthrough goal opened by Michy Batshuayi in the 56 minutes of the match. Kenedy got in behind down the left and squared it to the Belgian, who had the simple task of converting into the roof of the net from close range – his first goal since October. Chelsea 0-1 Norwich.
Morata the Spaniard turned and squared the ball for Willian who tipped it too short rather than shooting. Silly decision, as Gunn pounced on the loose ball. The youngster Jamal Lewis glances a cross into the far corner of the net to send the Norwich fans wild. Unbelievable! Conte was depressed before the leveler. That was a dramatic equalizer. Chelsea 1-1 Norwich. The late time goal sent the game into an extra time
Chelsea win the penalty shootout 5-3 to set up a home tie against Newcastle United next week. Nelson Oliveira, first up for Norwich City, saw his attempt saved by Willy Caballero and the Blues were successful with each of their efforts. The blue have not been knocked out in the third round since 1998 and here they are at Stamford Bridge keeping up the record