Leicester 0-1 Chelsea
ROSS BARKLEY sent Chelsea into the FA Cup semi-finals after a deserved 1-0 win at Leicester.
The midfielder came off the bench to keep the Blues’ hopes of a ninth FA Cup triumph alive.
Barkley maintained his cup form for Chelsea, having netted in previous rounds against Nottingham Forest and Liverpool.
Leicester lost their first-half threat and their dreams of a maiden FA Cup triumph were ended for another year.
The Foxes tried to take control early on and Harvey Barnes attempted to bulldoze his way through before goalkeeper Willy Caballero palmed away the winger’s dangerous low cross.
Wilfred Ndidi glanced a header straight at Caballero and the goalkeeper then turned the midfielder’s low effort wide after 20 minutes. But the Foxes relied on Kasper Schmeichel to keep them level after half an hour when he produced a splendid save to thwart Christian Pulisic.
A minute later, Barnes slashed wide and Jamie Vardy scuffed across goal as Leicester finished the first half strongly. Blues boss Frank Lampard had seen enough and replaced Mason Mount, Reece James and Billy Gilmour with Barkley, Mateo Kovacic and Cesar Azpilicueta at the break.
The switches worked as Chelsea found more rhythm and threat, and they made the breakthrough after 63 minutes. Willian swapped passes with Azpilicueta, swung in a near-post cross and Barkley arrived ahead of Jonny Evans to steer in.
The midfielder shot straight at Schmeichel shortly afterwards, with Leicester lacking a creative force and missing the vision of the injured James Maddison — who was out with a knock.
Chilwell drilled at Caballero with ten minutes left and Caglar Soyuncu’s header hit Azpilicueta and bounced over, but time ran out for the Foxes.
Schmeichel even denied Chelsea a second in the final minute when he turned over Barkley’s drive.
■ 9 — Cup ties for Leicester against Chelsea without a win, their last three all coming at the quarter-final stage
They said it
‘[He said we were] not good enough for the Chelsea badge to be performing like that’ — Ross Barkley reveals Frank Lampard’s half-time message, the Chelsea boss making three substitutions at the break after a below-standard opening half