Chelsea have booked their place in the FA Cup semi-finals, as Ross Barkley’s second half goal secured a 1-0 win at Leicester.

The Foxes looked full of energy in the opening stages, with Jamie Vardy and Harvey Barnes causing headaches for the Chelsea defence.

But despite having more of the game in the first half, it was Frank Lampard’s side who created the better chances.

American international Christian Pulisic drew a fine stop from Kasper Schmeichel, before Mason Mount wasted a brilliant close-range chance.

Chelsea looked to step it up after the break, with Schmeichel and Pulisic renewing their battle on 56 minutes, as the Danish keeper made a brave stop.

And with Lampard’s side beginning to tighten the screw, second half sub Barkley found a breakthrough just after the hour.

The departing Willian has been in excellent form as he brings his Chelsea career to a close, and his whipped cross put it on a plate to Barkley to tap home.

Leicester threw the kitchen sink at Chelsea in the closing stages, and Caglar Soyuncu thought he’d sealed extra time, only for Cesar Azpilicueta to make a brilliant goal line block.


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