Marcos Alonso scored in extra time to help Chelsea produce one of the narrow football scores of the weekend in the FA Cup. Macaulay Gillesphey opened the scoring for the visitors in the eighth minute before Cesar Azpilicueta equalized four minutes before the break. With the game heading for penalties, Alonso scored in the first minute of stoppage time at the end of the first half of extra time. They had their goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga to thank after he saved a penalty and then smothered the follow-up to keep the scores level.
Chelsea assistant Arno Michels: “I think we had for me 60 minutes where we could also lead 3-1, we had very many opportunities. We were a bit unlucky with a crossbar, post, and at the same time, we scored more or less an own goal to bring us into difficulty. But everyone would say the most important thing in the FA Cup is to go through, and that’s what we did.”
Plymouth manager Steven Schumacher: “We asked the players to give us everything out there and not leave anything in the tank. They should be really proud of themselves. We’re obviously disappointed that we didn’t get through, especially having a penalty so late on that would have taken it to penalties. But all in all, it was a good day. Ryan Hardie will feel that he’s let everybody down today for missing the penalty, but I can honestly say he hasn’t.”
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