Yesterday’s match was one that made history and will be on the lips of many for a time as the yellow and red cards were served brutally during the match with chelsea owning two of the red cards and one yellow card yet deprived of the penalties due them.
Chelsea went clinical on the spot after a frustrating third-round replay that saw them miss a host of chances, have three penalty appeals turned down and Pedro and Alvaro Morata sent off.
Chelsea deserved a penalty for Timm Klose’s foul on Willian but Referee Graham Scott and his VAR denied Willian and Morata the penalties due them, with the latter joining Pedro in being shown red.
The nine men utilized the few remaining additional minutes and made no errors from 12 yards to set up a fourth-round meeting with Newcastle United.
Problems in the London Underground meant kick-off was delayed by 15 minutes but the hosts did not seem affected as Danny Drinkwater and Willian both fired wide inside the opening, while Cesar Azpilicueta was unable to turn in Tiemoue Bakayoko’s flick from a corner.
Norwich initially struggled to make any kind of impact in the final third and the Championship side was grateful to Angus Gunn for keeping the game leveled. meanwhile, the England Under-21 international goalkeeper brilliantly tipped Drinkwater’s long-range effort onto the bar after 25 minutes.
Despite Chelsea’s dominance, their recent problems in front of goal showed little sign of stopping, while at the other end Oliveira fired two warning signs towards Caballero’s goal as Norwich finished the half strongly – the first clipping the bar on its way over after a mistake from Batshuayi.
The Belgian striker made up for that error 10 minutes after the restart with Chelsea’s first goal in 331 minutes, Batshuayi beating Gunn from close-range as he met Kenedy’s low cross.
Any thought that the goal would open the floodgates was quickly dispelled as Josh Murphy and James Maddison almost profited from Chelsea mistakes.
The post and arm of Caballero saved them anyway, even though Morata’s substitute missed golden opportunities twice.
Their frustrations grew further as Gunn made two saves in quick successions, denying Willian and Morata their goal chances. Morata was again wasteful in the second period before Pedro, who was booked in the first half for diving was sent off for a rash challenge with Wes Hoolahan.
He was not the only one to see red either as Morata was shown two yellow cards; the first for a dive and the second as a result of his reaction towards the official.
The Chelsea dominated but heated match finally ended in a draw as Chelsea scored one goal against Norwich City and vise versa (AET, 5-3 pens) leaving hazard and caballero to seal the blues progression.