Tammy Abraham fired in his fourth FA Cup aim of the season as Chelsea edged to a hard-fought victory over Barnsley to arrange a quarter-final with Sheffield United.
After struggling to interrupt down the spirited Championship aspect’s inflexible again line for 64 minutes, Abraham tapped house Reece James’ low go from shut vary to interrupt the impasse and in the end seal Thomas Tuchel’s first cup victory in English soccer.
Barnsley had the sport’s greatest possibilities towards Tuchel’s misfiring Blues.
However they fell quick of their bid to tug off a repeat of their membership’s heroics towards Chelsea in the identical competitors 13 years in the past.
The Reds produced an enormous quarter-final upset in 2008 when Kayode Odejayi headed their winner, however this time they paid the worth for failing to take their possibilities.
They have been unfortunate to not have led at half-time, with Callum Brittain twice going closest to breaking the impasse.
The midfielder’s close-range effort from Alex Mowatt’s wonderful cross within the 10th minute pressured an excellent response save from Kepa Arrizabalaga.
Then simply earlier than half-time Brittain fired goalwards following a intelligent nook routine just for his shot to be deflected astray.
In between, Chelsea have been denied what seemed to be a penalty by referee Martin Atkinson.
Abraham galloped on to Billy Gilmour’s throughball and Barnsley defender Toby Sibbick caught the Chelsea striker’s foot as he slid in for a goal-saving problem.
Tuchel despatched on Reece James and Antonio Rudiger for Marcos Alonso and Andreas Christensen at the beginning of the second half in a bid to kick-start his mis-firing aspect.
However Barnsley continued to look the extra harmful. Cauley Woodrow’s effort was blocked by Rudiger earlier than Chelsea flickered into life.
Callum Hudson-Odoi wriggled freed from two Barnsley defenders on to the left fringe of the penalty space, however pulled his 60th-minute shot huge.
The Londoners had not mustered an effort heading in the right direction, however threatened once more when Rudiger’s header from Hakim Ziyech’s free-kick flashed huge.
James added actual tempo and energy down Barnsley’s left aspect and it was the England right-back who original Chelsea’s breakthrough.
He stormed past Barnsley’s cowl and his fantastic low cross was tapped house from shut vary by Abraham to offer Chelsea a 64th-minute lead.
Replays confirmed Abraham was offside when James performed the ball throughout and the Premier League aspect shall be grateful there aren’t any video assistant referees within the FA Cup.
Abraham then rescued Chelsea on the different finish, bailing out Arrizabalaga.
The Blues goalkeeper did not get anyplace close to one other Mowatt free-kick and Abraham headed Barnsley substitute Michael Sollbauer’s hooked effort off the goal-line from below the crossbar.