FT: Chelsea 2-1 Plymouth; Azpilicueta & Alonso efforts send Blues into FA Cup Fifth Round; Gillesphey on target for the visitors

Chelsea progress to the next round of the English FA Cup, after coming from behind to beat Plymouth Argyle 2-1. Goalkeeper Kepa Arrizalaga prevented the visitors from getting a late equalizer as he saved Hardie’s penalty.

FULL-TIME (AFTER EXTRA TIME) AT STAMFORD BRIDGE: Chelsea 2-1 Plymouth Argyle

117′ MIN: Penalty saved! Blues goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga saves Hardie’s spot-kick before Sarr blocks the rebound.

PENALTY!!! To Plymouth Argyle

SECOND HALF IN EXTRA TIME AT STAMFORD BRIDGE: Chelsea 2-1 Plymouth Argyle

HALF TIME IN EXTRA TIME AT STAMFORD BRIDGE: Chelsea 2-1 Plymouth Argyle

105+2′ MIN: The Blues are in front for the first time in this tie. Marcos Alonso puts Chelsea ahead, off a cross from Kai Havertz.

GOOOAAALLLL!!! Chelsea 2-1 Plymouth Argyle (M. Alonso)

FIRST HALF IN EXTRA TIME AT STAMFORD BRIDGE: Chelsea 1-1 Plymouth Argyle

END OF REGULATION TIME AT STAMFORD BRIDGE: Chelsea 1-1 Plymouth Argyle

SECOND HALF UNDERWAY AT STAMFORD BRIDGE: Chelsea 1-1 Plymouth Argyle

HALF-TIME AT STAMFORD BRIDGE: Chelsea 1-1 Plymouth Argyle

GOOOAAALLL!!! Chelsea 1-1 Plymouth Argyle (C. Azpilicueta)

8′ MIN: Can you believe it…..the visitors are in front! Macaulay Gillesphey finds the back of the net with a great header through a free-kick, after Hakim Ziyech had committed a foul.

GOOOOAAAAALLL!!! Chelsea 0-1 Plymouth Argyle (M. Gillesphey)

KICK-OFF AT STAMFORD BRIDGE: Chelsea 0-0 Plymouth Argyle

As for the Plymouth Argyle, they have fielded their starting line-up in a 5-3-2 formation. Will they be able to cause an upset at Stamford Bridge?

Chelsea have fielded a strong line-up for this afternoon’s FA Cup clash with Plymouth. In place of the missing Thomas Tuchel, Arno Michels will take charge of the Blues in the dugout.

Today’s tie between European champions Chelsea and visiting Plymouth is something of a David vs Goliath scenario, with the Blues heavily tipped to scale through with ease. But the West London giants will have to make do without manager Thomas Tuchel who tested positive for Covid earlier today and will miss the match.

The fourth round of the FA Cup began on Friday night at Old Trafford as Manchester United were bundled out of the competition by Middlesbrough. The tie had ended 1-1 after 120 minutes of action before Boro triumphed 8-7 via penalties to reach the fifth round. The Red Devils were poor and saw a first half penalty missed through talismanic Portuguese international Cristiano Ronaldo.

Good afternoon and welcome to Apex Football’s LIVE coverage of the English FA Cup fourth round clash between Chelsea and Plymouth Argyle. Domestic football returns to England (top-tier) following the Premier League’s winter break.

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