FA Cup: Fifth division side Chesterfield score consolation goal
Chelsea FC have come out on top in the FA Cup against a fifth division side – but opponents Chesterfield deserved their reward
In a bid to heave a sensation into the realms of possibility, fifth division side Chesterfield adopted a rather handsome approach – but one that ended the visitors’ dreams early on in the third round of the cup: Because the underdogs had moved up in a closed formation, Chelsea had plenty of space to counterattack and Werner finally pushed the ball over the line on the counterattack for 1:0 (6th).
Chesterfield did not care much, even though Chelsea did not struggle to create some chances. The approach of the fifth division club hardly changed when Hudson-Odoi with a beautiful flick (18th), Lukaku from a few metres (20th) and Christensen with a header (39th) made things clear early on. A single chance of their own, through Oyeleke (34th), at least stood out.
Already at the break, the unequal pairing was virtually decided, even more so after Ziyech’s converted penalty (55th). In the second period, Lukaku was replaced by Havertz, who scored after a cross from Werner – but the provider of the assist was just offside (77.). So the second period actually ended 1-1, because Asante scored the celebrated and indeed well-deserved consolation goal (80th).