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FA Cup: Arrizabalaga Emerges Hero As Chelsea Edge Plymouth To Reach Round Of 16

FA Cup: Arrizabalaga Emerges Hero As Chelsea Edge Plymouth To Reach Round Of 16

Kepa Arrizabalaga saved a late minute penalty as Chelsea edged past Plymouth 2-1 in the FA Cup fourth-round after extra-time on Saturday.

The Blues have now qualified for the round of 16 of the oldest cup competition in the world.

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Arrizabalaga guessed correctly and then stopped Ryan Hardie’s last-gasp spot-kick, after the Plymouth striker had been felled by Malang Sarr.

Macaulay Gillesphey headed Plymouth into an early lead, converting ex-Chelsea youth midfielder Jordan Houghton’s whipped free-kick.

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Cesar Azpilicueta levelled via a fine backheel finish just before half-time, with Chelsea having hit the woodwork three times.

Both teams went into extra-time and Chelsea took a 2-1 ahead thanks to Marcos Alonso who strode onto Kai Havertz’ cutback.

And in another FA Cup tie, West Ham avoided a shock defeat against six-tier club Kidderminster Harriers, as they claimed a 2-1 win.

Declan Rice scored in one minute of added time after
Alex Penny had given Kidderminster the lead on 19th minutes and force the game to extra-time.

And just seconds before penalty shootout, Jarrod Bowen scored the winner to send West Ham into the next round.

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