Chelsea scraped through into the fourth round of the FA Cup, after beating Norwich on penalties in a controversial tie at Stamford Bridge. Michy Batshuayi opened the scoring in the second half for the Blues, before Jamal Lewis netted in the dying moments to send the game into extra-time. Three Chelsea players were booked for diving, with debates over VAR still rumbling on. Alvaro Morata and Pedro were both sent off in extra-time, before Antonio Conte’s side eventually knocked out the Championship side, defeating them 5-3 on penalties. Here’s who impressed last night:
Willian’s yellow card will be debated long into the night. Going down in the Norwich box under challenge, the Brazilian was booked by the referee for diving. Despite VAR being used, and match pundits saying it was, in fact, a penalty, the referee gave the winger a yellow card. Aside from the controversy, Willian was very impressive going forward for Chelsea, and was arguably the side’s best creative player on the night.
A great performance from Kenedy, who played at left wing-back last night. Great going forward, he showed his Brazilian technique with a number of eye-catching skill moves, including a flip-flap through the legs of a Norwich defender. He provided the assist for Batshuayi’s goal with a superb ball across goal, which left the Belgian the easiest of finishes. The Brazilian went off late on, perhaps due to tiredness.
1. Willy Caballero
The penalty hero in the end. Caballero saved brilliantly from Norwich’s first spot-kick, and had a very good game. Always willing to venture outside of his area to deal with opposition attacks, and produced a brilliant save in the second half to keep the Blues in front at the time. Could do nothing about Lewis’ equaliser, and proved to be the hero of the evening by saving Nelson Oliveira’s penalty.