- Morata scores first goal of 2018
- Vardy nets, score 17th of season
- Pedro scores in extra time
Chelsea beat Leicester City 2-1 after extra time to seal their spot in the FA Cup semifinal.
Alvaro Morata gave Antonio Conte’s men the lead, but Jamie Vardy equalized to take it to extra time.
Pedro then struck to send Chelsea into the semifinal for the second-straight season.
Leicester started well and went close when Marc Albrighton‘s effort from the edge of the box squirmed just wide.
However the longer the first half well, the more dangerous Chelsea looked.
The West London club threatened on the break through Morata with Marcos Alonso and Victor Moses having plenty of space out wide.
Morata then made the breakthrough right on half time as Willian nicked the ball, surged forward and released the Spaniard who finished calmly for his first goal in 2018.
After the break Leicester finally came to life as Wilfred Ndidi picked out Vardy with a wonderful pass but the Leicester forward looped his header over the bar.
Albrighton whipped in plenty of inviting crosses as Leicester pushed hard for an equalizerand eventually broke through.
Vicente Iborra got on the end of Riyad Mahrez‘s cross and he was denied twice by heroic blocks but Vardy was on hand to tap home. Game on.
Substitute Shinji Okazaki almost got on the end of a cross soon after and at the other end Morata hit the post with an acrobatic finish… but he was in an offside position.
Morata was then denied twice by Kasper Schmeichel at the end of normal time as the game went to extra time.
Pedro was the hero for Chelsea as he headed home the winner in extra time to send Chelsea to Wembley.